Madonna’s ‘MDNA’ is potent stuff
Published: March 25, 2012 5:09 p.m.
Last modified: March 25, 2012 5:14 p.m.
Madonna is a bitch out of order, a bat out of hell and a fish out of water. At least that’s what she compares herself to in the song “Gang Bang,” off her brand new album, “MDNA.” The album officially comes out tomorrow, though it leaked online late last week. Madge’s claim about being broken, angry and alienated is a succinct self-analysis.
It’s been four years since her last album of new material, the longest gap of her nearly 30-year career, which would explain the fish-out-of-water feeling.
As far as the bitch out of order and the bat out of hell, her venomous personal lyrics on this album make it difficult to distinguish Madonna, the pop legend from Madonna, the mortal whose eight-year marriage to director Guy Ritchie ended in a bitter divorce.
“I tried to be a good girl, I tried to be your wife,” she sings on “I Don’t Give A.”
This confessional intimacy makes it difficult to criticize Madonna for imitation, which she does indulge in a bit on “MDNA.” To that charge, the material girl is just as much of a smart shopper as she’s always been, using the baddest guest stars (including Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.) and the best producers (including Martin Solveig) to bring her sound into now. If she can’t define the times, she’s certainly not going to be behind them. And really, anybody she’s borrowing from wouldn’t be making music if it weren’t for her. The racecar basslines and Skrillex-style monster breakdown would seem forced if not done properly. But it’s Madonna, and even if she is a fish out of water, she can always get into the groove.
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The chemical makeup of the deluxe edition of ‘MDNA’
Approximate number of times the words “girl” or “girls” are used: 63
Approximate number of times the word “bitch” is used: 13
Approximate number of songs that are most likely about Guy Ritchie: 6.5
Number of previous Madonna hits referenced by title: 3
Number of Nicki Minaj guest appearances: 2
Number of songs with spoken prayers: 2
Number of songs where a banjo is clearly audible: 1
2012 release, the 12th studio album from the Pop diva and international superstar. MDNA, the long-awaited follow-up to her 2008 album Hard Candy, features production from Benny Benassi, The Demolition Crew, William Orbit, Martin Solveig and others. Includes the first single ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.