Madonna sets herself some tough challenges on her 12th studio album, “MDNA.” She wants to attack her former husband, keep up the tempo, look relevant and sweep away all those preening young pretenders to her crown.
“There’s only one queen, and that’s Madonna,” she has one of those pop princesses, Nicki Minaj, declare on one song.
MDNA” tries hard, often too hard, and is soaked in slick production. After 30 years in the business, Madonna Louise Ciccone should know she doesn’t need the lavish studio effects of newer stars such as Lady Gaga, Britney Spears or Rihanna.
it’s a better record than was suggested by the first single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” That cheerleader number was previewed to 111 million viewers on Feb. 5 at the most-watched Super Bowl Halftime Show in history -- then stalled at No. 10 in the charts. Not content with that piece of disposable pop recalling Toni Basil, Madonna’s lightweight follow-up single “Girl Gone Wild” references Cyndi Lauper’s 1980s disco line “girls, just want to have fun.”
the first four tracks sound like castoffs from Madonna’s dance-crazed “Hard Candy” from 2008, “Confessions on a Dance Floor” from 2005 and accompanying live releases.
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