michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — MADONNA

In album review on 03/22/2012 at 10:43 am

Madonna

MDNA

(Interscope)

Madonna has never made an album that’s not messy. From her tenuous 1983 debut to her recent clumsy attempts at staying relevant in a pop universe that no longer needs her, sifting through Madonna LPs for gold can be as rewarding as it is frustrating. Her 12th album tries to be several things: a breakup record, a dance collection, and a reflective piece made by a 53-year-old woman who refuses to act her age. But MDNA is not a very coherent or cohesive work. From the Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. cameos to the soggy ballads that show up near the end, it never quite gets into the groove. The best songs – the electro throwback “Some Girls,” the confessional “I Fucked Up” – almost seem like afterthoughts to MDNA‘s big picture. But the real problem here is that too many Madonnas are competing for space on an album that needs just one.

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