I was at the show and loved it. Great insightful review
I know where I won't be taking my business, or recommending anyone to go.
Some thing made me think of Mike and I googled his name and this came up. I felt it.
Sure the album is all about drugs and "white trash revenge" - if you listen to the first three tracks. Hopefully anyone commenting or reviewing this album would be more responsible than that.
Deeper in the album are some rather introspective songs about divorce, uncertainty, and the human condition period. "Falling Free" sounds more like echoes of Fairport Convention than anything Britney Spears has touched. The banjo at the beginning of "Love Spent" is an interesting and tasty segue into a pop song about divorce settlements.
"I Fucked Up"'s middle section especially touched me with its laundry list of could've-beens that cross your mind when a romance falls through.
Closing track "Best Friend" might have the most personal lyrics Madonna has ever written in decades.
I do agree, of course, with some of the review's thoughts - but it feels like the product of a half-hearted listen.
If Madonna was truly aping what the kids are doing, please point out which Katy Perry song sounds like "Falling Free" "Beautiful Killer" "I Fucked Up" or "Love Spent".
Music journalism is all opinion anyhow - and I'm the first to hate on Madonna's failures (HARD CANDY broke my heart).
I just can't help but speak up about MDNA. I think it's the perfect modern Madonna pop album.
And with this tired album Madonna surpassed Elvis as the most number one albums in the UK, was #1 on iTunes in more countries at one than has ever happened before, and thrilled her fans with the return of great music.
It's all a matter of opinion. As a long time Madonna fan I love the album. I give it five out of five stars. People have been saying Madonna is over since 1992. She may not have as big a cultural impact as in 1992, but for a later-career album there's some great stuff on here.
Hopefully one day Madonna will do an Americana album so she can get 5 stars in Creative Loafing.
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