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MDNA

Madonna

MDNA

Producers Benny Benassi, William Orbit and Martin Solveig give the pop superstar's latest an electro / techno / disco sheen

ADM rating[?]

5.6

Label
Polydor
UK Release date
26/03/2012
US Release date
03/04/2012
  1. 8.0 |   music OMH

    When it comes to pop sovereignty, there is only Madonna, and here, she casts cares and judgement aside to produce some of the most energetic, vital-sounding music she’s delivered in years
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  2. 8.0 |   Pop Matters

    MDNA is quite simply the refreshing return to the wheel most Madonna fans have been craving now since 2006’s Confessions on a Dancefloor
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Madonna is back with a vengeance. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   State

    What MDNA offers is the ideal that pop doesn’t always have to be the newest, craziest thing to be effective; it doesn’t have to deny the past to be relevant
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  5. 7.0 |   AU Magazine

    It’s no great departure from what Madonna’s done before, but what she does, she continues to do well
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  6. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Her music has always been about liberation from oppression, but for the first time the oppression is internal: loss and sadness
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  7. 7.0 |   NME

    In the end, ‘MDNA’ is a ridiculously enjoyable romp, but oddly not for the bits that are supposed to be fun
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  8. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    While the album is no Ray of Light, MDNA is surprisingly cohesive despite its seven-plus producers
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  9. 7.0 |   BBC

    It's got its faults, but MDNA isn't just a good pop album, it's a good Madonna album too
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  10. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Neither the return to form it thinks it is, nor the disaster Madonna should rightly have delivered at some stage in her musical career but never quite has
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  11. 6.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    Every song on her latest album is a terse reminder of past glories, while collaborations with Euro production whizzes Marco Benassi and Martin Solveig stick a token musical toe in the contemporary mix
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  12. 6.0 |   Mojo

    By far the strongest section of the album features the tracks Madonna recorded with William Orbit. Print edition only

  13. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The flirty "I'm a Sinner" name-checks so many saints that Madonna practically gives the come-on to the entire Catholic church, and "Falling Free" is one of her better ballads – just voice, strings and a credible sense of vulnerability
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  14. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    MDNA is a bit all over the place with moments of brilliance often stood right next to a hugely underwhelming counterpart
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  15. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    Madonna’s got news for Lady Gaga: she wants her Queen of Pop crown back. Trouble is, she’s too stuck in her ways to take the necessary risks
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  16. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    She has nailed a Saturday-night album that’s very much on the enjoyable side of America’s current obsession with European techno-pop cheese
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  17. 5.0 |   A.V. Club

    There are enough moments of euphoria to keep MDNA from flatlining
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  18. 5.0 |   Rave Magazine

    When you’re done being bowled over by the hugeness of the production, there’s actually not much there
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  19. 4.5 |   Pitchfork

    Large chunks of MDNA are shockingly banal, coming across not so much as bad pop songs per se, but as drably competent tunes better suited to D-list Madonna wannabes
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  20. 4.2 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    A jumble of lows and just a few highs, an exasperating portrait of an artist seemingly in the midst of crisis
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  21. 4.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    Trying to play the same game as artists 30 years her junior is always going to be an uphill struggle
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  22. 4.0 |   No Ripcord

    The fact that Madonna can no longer provoke much of a reaction at all is perhaps the possible worst outcome for her career
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  23. 4.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    She looks exhausted and unhappy and MDNA leaves me feeling the same
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  24. 4.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Madonna may have done this stuff first, but nowadays Lady Gaga does it better
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  25. 4.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    She should put her energy into her strengths instead of parading around marquee names and treading through genres that, most of the time, she’s late to reach
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  26. 4.0 |   The Quietus

    Her first album since departing Warners after 25 years, should have been one that was pushing forwards, or even better, sideways. Sadly, it very much MDNain't
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  27. 3.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Frankly, it’s worse than bad: it’s mediocre
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  28. 3.0 |   Uncut

    First irredeemable album of the material girl's career. Print edition only

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