The Material Girl Hasn’t Lost Her Pop Sound

Super Bowl XLVI was the last time that I have seen Madonna perform live, bringing back a sense of nostalgia for all her fans.On her Facebook page, she updated her status on December 17, 2010 which stated, “Its official! I need to move. I need to sweat. I need to make new music! Music I can dance to. I’m on the lookout for the maddest, sickest, most bad a** people to collaborate with. I’m just saying…”

The Facebook update had fans looking forward to her newest album, MDNA, which was released on March 23.

When I was growing up in the 90’s, Madonna was a music icon. Her hit songs such as “Like a Virgin,” “Papa Don’t Preach” and “Vogue” were heard on the radio and TV all the time.

Leading up to today, she has had a successful music and acting career. With the release of MDNA, Madonna is once again the talk of the year.

“Give Me All Your Luvin,” featuring Nicki Minaj, became the first hit single for MDNA. Those who watched the Super Bowl had a chance to watch her perform it live during the halftime show with Minaj.

Even though this song had a catchy melody, the lyrics were too repetitive and cheesy for me. The first two lines of the song, “L-U-V Madonna Y-O-U Madonna,” made me feel like I was listening to a high school cheerleader team.

During the halftime show, I guess that the song was appropriate for the game, but I still wasn’t a fan after hearing it.

Minaj gives the song a certain type of edge with her constant flow of lyrics that contrasts the pop, re- laxed feel that “Give Me All Your Luvin” has. Whenever Minaj is featured in a song, she always has a verse or two that she recites at a rapid pace. This change added some diversity to the song, which really improved it.

Another single that grabbed my attention was “Girl Gone Wild.” Unlike “Give Me All Your Luvin,” this song had a more techno vibe than pop. Even though “Girl Gone Wild” has strong similarities to other mainstream artists such as Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, the song still has some elements that doesn’t stray far from Madonna’s other songs. Despite the similarities, it’s a song that you could definitely dance to all night long.

“Masterpiece” is another single from the album that is worth mentioning. This pop ballad has some of the most beautiful lyrics that I have ever heard in a song. It seems that Madonna is comparing the “Mona Lisa” with someone she is in love with.

The verse, “If you were the ‘Mona Lisa,’ You’d be hanging in the Louvre, Everyone would come to see you, You’d be impossible to move,” really reinforces that comparison.

Not only are the lyrics great, but the music itself gives out a calm, romantic feel to it. The gentle instrumentation makes this pop ballad worth listening to.

Even though the lyrics make this song seem kind of depressing, I felt that it calmed me down while I was listening to it. Whenever I feel the need to relax, I can just listen to this “Masterpiece.”

Not only is the album available on iTunes, but there is an exclusive album that was announced by Smirnoff vodka on their Facebook page titled MDNA Nightlife Edition. It contains seven tracks from the album as well as an exclusive remix of “Masterpiece,” four remixes of “Give Me All Your Luvin,” and two remixes of “Turn Up The Radio” (another single from MDNA).

MDNA is an album that is worth purchasing. These new set of songs demonstrates how Madonna is still the legendary star that people throughout the world recognize her as. I’m sure she will still continue to make great music in the future.

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