Review Summary: Madonna + Cliché Dance Beats + Rehashed Image = Laughable, yet Listenable Attempt
The main two problems I have with this album is that it's trying WAY too hard to sound current, and that somehow makes it already feel dated, and secondly I feel like she's rehashing her "bad girl, religious" imagery through out this album without even thinking about it.
The thing about Madonna is that the name itself conjures up the feeling of a legend, so any bad songs of hers are sometimes justified, when they really shouldn't be. Now it's 2012, and since this album is directed towards "the youth" so to say, they don't think "oh, it's Madonna, therefor it's good." They just think "Who is the old tacky lady trying to sound like lady gaga" Eww this is bad." And, PLEASE, beautiful killer" How many times have the words Beautiful and monster, or killer been put together. Just stop Madonna, it stopped being cute 2007.
The album isn't necessarily bad, and if I don't consider the fact that she's trying to hard, or that it somehow already sound dated, it's an average album. Personally, I love Madonna in the sense of a cultural figure, but as a musician she's ok. I think it's just her voice, i never really get any emotion from it. So the fact that the lyrics are trash, and the music is cliché, it kinda rubs me the wrong way.
Another problem with this is that the filler is almost unlistenable to me, like Turn up the radio, Some girls, and Superstar. Ugh.For some reason I actually like give me all your luvin', and Girl Gone Wild, probably because they're the best produced ones.
Overall this album is ok, and I'll probably never listen to it as a whole again. I must commend Madonna for admitting that she "***ed up" when she made this album, but she realized it a little late. I hate to say this, but I find this album kind of reductive.
Girl Gone Wild
Give Me All Your Luvin'
Turn Up The Radio