Queen Of Pop, Madonna, has just released her 13th studio album.
The release of “Rebel Heart” hasn’t come without hitting the headlines for various reasons but let’s ignore that for now. Instead, let’s remember her previous twelve studio albums.
“MDNA” is the twelfth studio album by Madonna. Madonna produced the album and work with, among others, William Orbit and Martin Solveig. The album lyrically explores themes such as partying, the drug MDMA, love for music, infatuation, heartbreak, revenge and separation. Wow!
Released on March 23rd, 2012 it debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. It became the world’s twelfth best-selling album of 2012 and has since sold over two million copies worldwide.
The album was further promoted by The MDNA Tour, which ended as the tenth highest-grossing tour of all time and I was actually a part of this as I went to see her perform in Edinburgh – it was incredible!
Track 1 – Girl Gone Wild
As well as the opening track for the album this was also the first song she performed during the tour. There was such a build up to her arriving on the stage to sing it and I couldn’t believe that I was about to see Madonna. The song itself, I really love as it holds that memory and it is a really good pop song and this is what we expect from the Queen.
Track 2 – Gang Bang
Perhaps not the nicest title of a Madonna song and one that doesn’t come without controversy. She got in trouble for performing this on stage while waving guns in the air. Ignoring all that it’s a song with a really good beat and best played loud. Also, don’t mess with Madge or she’ll shoot you dead!
Track 3 – I’m Addicted
I really like the electronic sound of this song and I think this shows how she still is very current but also harks back to the sounds of decades away.
Track 4 – Turn Up The Radio
Catchy, dance, pop, 80’s, retro…this song has the lot. This was brilliant seeing performed live and I always find it funny seeing Madonna play a guitar for some reason.
Track 5 – Give Me All Your Luvin’
This is great for a couple of reasons – it’s a very easy to listen to song and sing along but it also shows Madonna taking the p*** out of everyone and everything. When she performed this at the Super Bowl she did have a little stumble but it was nothing compared to what was to come!
Track 6 – Some Girls
This isn’t a bad song but usually by this time in the album I’m ready for the ballad. I do like the chorus – very nursery rhyme-ish.
Track 7 – SuperStar
Another really easy to sing along to song. Interestingly Madonna’s daughter appears as backing vocals on this track. So far her daughter has escaped the celebrity lifestyle but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before she is a superstar in her own right.
Track 8 – I Don’t Give A…
This song really sums up Madge’s attitude towards what everyone thinks of her and that is the reason why she is where she is. It was so amazing seeing this in the stadium.
Track 9 – I’m a Sinner
This is heavily influenced by the Ray Of Light album and this is why I love Madonna – she always moves on but doesn’t forget who she used to be. I love the part where she sings “Hail Mary, full of grace…”. I’m glad she’s a sinner because at least that way if she ends up in hell then there will be good music to listen to. This was one of my favourites of the concert.
Track 10 – Love Spent
This is not quite a ballad but it’s a not as punchy as the previous tracks. The only criticism would be that it’s perhaps too auto-tuned.
Track 11 – Masterpiece
This is the ballad song of this album. It’s beautiful and is one of the best tracks on the album in my opinion!
Track 12 – Falling Free
This is a brilliant way to bring this album to a close. After all the auto tuning of previous songs this allows her to show off that powerful voice of hers.
As it is still fairly new this album could be one of my favourites. Also, as this is the one where I actually got to see the Queen of Pop live it will always be special and although it’s not on this album here she is performing her best song ever!