There has been an awful lot already said about Madonna’s latest, long-awaited studio album “MDNA” and most of it has been far from positive. Though this is nothing new for the phenomenon that is Madonna Louise Ciccone. Having exploded onto the music scene nearly 30 years ago, Madonna has constantly courted controversy while simultaneously creating music ahead of its creative time. However, with so many Madonna-alikes now dominating the music arena, many feel that Madonna has had her day. I mean who really wants to hear an ageing icon declaring that she is a “Girl Gone Wild”?

To be honest, we do. And we know we are far from alone. Though lead single “Give Me All Your Luvin'” may have sounded a little more Avril Lavigne meets Daphne & Celeste than we have to come to expect from our pop Queen, but all is forgiven due to the varied contents of the overloaded “MDNA”.

Fair enough Madonna does dubstep is all a little too predictable on the inanely catchy, but rather annoying “Gang Bang” (we predict a future single), but there is plenty of other tasty offers from Madonna’s innovative leading light producers Martin Solveig, Benny Benassi and William Orbit.

With “Gang Bang” highlighting the extreme wrongness contained within “MDNA”, at the other extreme with have the poptastic “Superstar” and Golden Award winning ballad “Masterpiece”. Stripped back from the heavy production values, we see Madonna shine. Having spent a career pulling tricks and playing with sounds, it is telling that her finest moments arrive in droplets of pure, unedited Madonna.

“MDNA” may lack the concept of “Ray Of Light”, playfulness of “Madonna” and naughtiness of “Erotica”, but then Madonna would not be Madonna is just pressed the repeat button. While she may not always get it right on “MDNA”, her brief slips are forgiven as she entertains and engages on what is destined to be another number 1 record.

While others may be trying to tear strips off her, here at The Kaje we applaud Madonna for keeping a tight grip on her well-deserved pop crown.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams


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