Madonna’s First ‘MDNA’ Review: “This Is A Dark Album”

For those who weren’t too impressed with Madonna’s first few musical offerings from MDNA, don’t give up hope — it gets better, and a whole lot darker. Attitude, a gay magazine from the UK, published the very first review of Madonna’s 12th studio album, and we won’t put you in suspense: they loved it. “Much of MDNA is about having fun, but despite that, this is a dark album,” writes reviewer Matthew Todd. “MDNA is a fuck you ­ to her marriage, the life that came with it, and partly to herself for losing her identity in a partnership. She’s out to recapture who she is, and she has demons to slay.” More details, including a handful of song lyrics, below.

He describes the Martin Solveig-produced “I Don’t Give A…” as “one of the album’s tour-de-force moments”, and one of the few times she directly references her marriage to Guy Ritchie: “I tried to be the perfect wife, I diminished myself, it swallowed me, if I was a failure then I don’t give a…” He adds that the track “builds to a genius, choral, almost Tim Burton-esque conclusion.”

The song “Gang Bang” is full of drama, with the pop star declaring, “Shot you dead, shot my lover in the head… I’m going straight to hell…I’ve got a lot of friends there,” before yelling, “Drive bitch, die bitch!”

Then there’s the summer-ready tune “Superstar”, which Todd calls one of “the sweetest songs Madonna has released since ‘Cherish’”, while the William Orbit-produced “Falling Free” is apparently one of the saddest. Ultimately, according to Todd, MDNA is “not as drastically new or experimental as music critics might like, but it’s fun, fucked up, dancey and full of drama.” Hey, that’s good enough for us.

Read Attitude‘s lengthy review here. Or, if you’re more pressed for time, you could just go with PopJustice‘s take on the album: “THE MADONNA ALBUM IS FUCKING GREAT.” (They’ll be posting a more in-depth review next week, but really, isn’t this all you need to know?)

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  • Joe Ovalle

    I can’t wait to hear the entire album

  • Sweetgirl

    ITS KINDA MISLEADING TO SAY THAT WE DIDNT LIKE THE 1ST FEW OFFERINGS FROM MDNA CUZ
    MOST PEOPLE ARE JUST HEARING AND LIKING GGW AND PEOPLE LOVED MASTERPIECE..SHE ONLY HAD 1 SONG RELEASE FROM IT REALLY AND THAT WAS GMAYL THAT SOME PEOPLE DIDNT REALLY LIKE AND THE REST WERE MOSTLY GAGAS PSYCHOTIC TROLLS ON A MISSION TO SPREAD THEIR JEALOUS HATE PROPAGANDA ANYWAY THEY CAN IN A DESPERATE FAILED ATTEMPT TO TRY TO RUIN THIS ERA AND ELTON JOHN AND PIERCE MORGAN ARE JUST AFEW OF THESE EXAMPLES OF DESPERATE JEALOUS NARCACISTIC HATERS.

  • GJWHF

    Madonna is just having fun by copying her old self and paying tongue-in-cheek homage to herself. Lighten up & let your hair down on the dance floor, that’s an order from Madonna

  • Sweetgirl

    ^^
    WELL SAID TO THE REPLY ABOVE! :) LOL

  • Dominion

    GIRLS GONE WILD on iTUNES NOW !!!!!

    GET IT ! TURN IT UP ! IT’S HOTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.

  • Jonathan Roberts

    HELL YA “GIVE ME DRAMA-MADONNA!!!!

  • Xen

    The saddest thing about the MDNA review is that “LADY GAGA” appeared twice. WTF?!

    And to make things worse, there was an obligatory butt-kiss to her fan base at the end. Should I kill myself laughing now or later?

    (shake things off)(breathe)

    I’m excited to hear what’s up! MDNA… mmm, sounds delicious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Toribio-Lora/577560963 Eric Toribio Lora

    I kinda knew this would be the direction after I read Orbit shook up things and this is great to know. I guess the final result will be Ray Of Light + American Life + (a bit of) Hard Candy. I’m here for that after the two (kinda) disappointing lead singles.

    I’m expecting the PopJustice “review”, because most of the time they EXPLAIN how the tracks really sounds like, instead of just giving a surface opinion.

    LOL at people complaining that Gaga is everywhere Madonna is mentioned Regretting comparing Gaga to Madonna without any discernible logic now? Too late.

  • Dale Meneses Guerrero

    MDNA’s release is NOT the time to pay attention to scene-stealing old drags and Madonna wannabes who are better off impersonating Carol Burnett. The Queen of Pop is set to fire-up arenas this year to break her own record in the concert scene .

  • Observer

    Madonna – it is truly mind boggling how much & how desperately this Menopausal female cannot just get over herself! I can really chuckle when I see her weird behaviour, always just screaming for ATTENTION – like it is never enough! I have these nightmares of seeing her at the age of 77 or older – like the BOOMER from Hell who just does not get! She must have so much negative Karma already just from the unbelievably Narcistic , SELF-absorbed, Ridiculously Empty aspects of her PERSONA (MIRAGE). She put herself into a very Narrow Box over 25 years ago. I truly wonder if she is even Aware of other human beings – if anyone is ever even on her radar. She seems to be in her own World – totally – truly bizarre to see this ATTENTION ADDICT. The Shallowness, Narrowness she portrays, seems cold, callous, immature and extreme. Who does she value other than SELF and Why does she even seem to not realize that there are Billions of other Human Beings who do see right through to her MegaEGO within minutes of hearing her, seeing her. She truly appears to be totally Oblivious to the feelings, needs, or souls of ANYone ELSE. What a cold, lonely, indifferent this world would be if everyone thought or acted like this middle aged, selfish BOOMer, or should I say ZOOMER!