Music review – Madonna: MDNA
Poor Madonna, it must be really hard to get old.
With artists like Lady Gaga, M.I.A., and Nicki Minaj stealing her former street cred, the 53-year-old Madonna has been forced to take their aesthetic, which is already an updated version of her ’80s style, and make it her own. The entire album is like an attempt to regain some of her former glory by harkening back to the ’80s, resulting in an album sounds like a rip-off of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.
Don’t get me wrong, though, the songs are not actually that bad. From a less-iconic figure, they might even be more than average. I will admit that I cannot stop listening to “Girl Gone Wild,” even with the strange prayer at the opening. “Give Me All Your Luvin.’” while being fairly vapid, is still incredibly enjoyable. Surprisingly, “Falling Free,” the ballad included, is an emotional and rather nice change of pace from the rest of the dance beat album, even if it opens with a very dated electric piano.
MDNA is a mediocre album. It really doesn’t push the limits of music, but can you really expect more from a 53-year-old mother of four?