No stranger to the music industry, the queen of pop is back with her 12th studio album, MDNA, which contains the lead single Give Me All Your Luvin and Girl Gone Wild. MDNA is produced by Madonna herself together with others such as Alle Benassi, Benny Benassi, Demolition Crew, Free School, Michael Malih, Indiigo, William Orbit and Martin Solveig on the different tracks found in MDNA.
With so many producers on board, one can’t help but wonder if it is going to be a case of “too many cooks spoil the broth”. Another question that comes to mind is if the Queen of Pop still has it in her to appeal to the ever changing popculture landscape since her Hard Candy days.
If the titles of the tracks is any indication to the general overall direction of the album, do expect to be in for a wild ride that only Madonna can bring you on. From the slower ballad like track Masterpiece to Some Girls, Love Spent and Turn Up the Radio which looks to be a permanent fixture in clubs, the album is full of little gems waiting to be discovered if you give it a chance.
Overall if MDNA could be described in one word, it would Madonna. For someone who has been listening to her since Material Girl, Take a Bow, Ray of Light and 4 Minutes, Madonna’s latest album is still very her even with so many other producers on board. There is just this special something in her voice and the way she brings the emotions across that are so unique.
While I will agree that some of the songs on MDNA are not your usual pop like instant hits, give it a few replays and you will find it slowly growing onto you like a Earworm. I know Turn Up the Radio is sure to be stuck in my head after listening it for the second time.
Ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
by Kenneth Wong
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