MADONNA - MDNA (2012)

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With someone like Madonna, there is no "behind the stage." When I saw her behind "American Life," the moving stage was as radical as anything I'd seen from U2, and I imagine many in the worst seats got some of the best views.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 February 2012 21:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Superbowl halftime show possibly inspired by this fanvid:

This was featured in a NYT article in 2007 so it's not a stretch to imagine that someone in Madonna's camp saw it! And maybe secretly plotted for a Superbowl halftime show from that day forward XD.

The BBC had to play a 15 minute montage over stirring trumpets and heterosexual rap to get the manliness level back up after the Madonna interlude.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 12 February 2012 00:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also, MIA's four bar rap borrows lyrics from BoA:

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 12 February 2012 00:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

good catch!

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 12 February 2012 01:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Second single proceeds from the assumption that "Get Together" was way too accomplished:

#!

Tim F, Monday, 27 February 2012 18:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh good jesus god, that's atrocious.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 27 February 2012 18:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

her delivery on this is so leaden and perfunctory

lex pretend, Monday, 27 February 2012 18:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

like, i don't think the song would be amazing if it was sung by someone with a trace of excitement in their voice but madonna just kills it stone dead

lex pretend, Monday, 27 February 2012 18:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm glad Tim set up Get Together as a comparison, because it only emphasizes how tossed off and uninvigorated this piece of crap is.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 27 February 2012 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

this sounds like a demo...

skip, Monday, 27 February 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

It is kind of amazing how completely bored she sounds

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 27 February 2012 20:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Someone who didn't know English and had to sing it phonetically would probably still do a better job

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 27 February 2012 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

That doesn't just sound like a demo, it sounds like a Ke$ha demo.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 27 February 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

No way, Kesha is far more into what she's singing at any given point.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 27 February 2012 20:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I said demo.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 27 February 2012 20:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ke$ha wouldn't blow her million dollar pipes on a demo.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 27 February 2012 20:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

This sounds "effortless" in the most literal and worst possible way. Not to mention the lyrics! Just awful!

daavid, Monday, 27 February 2012 22:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

marissa explains it all (The Reverend), Monday, 27 February 2012 22:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Shit, this song gives me serious bad flashbacks to this one time I did E and then my friend bailed on me and I had to go sleep at a bathhouse. But seriously, no Madonna lyrics will ever be as bad as:

I have one thing to say: "Roxanne Shanté" (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 05:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I Love New York's lyrics are at least buoyed by resting atop a pretty great piece of music. Girl Gone Wild is just garbage from beginning to end.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 05:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

totally otm

I have one thing to say: "Roxanne Shanté" (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 05:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Smart enough to let Azari & III open for her but not produce some songs? She lost me.

Cousin Slappy, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 05:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm half-tempted to start a fb campaign urging her not to release this album in an effort to preserve her legacy. A hollow gesture, of course, because the label has already sunk a ton of money into it, but a gesture from the heart nonetheless.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 05:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I feel like all the records on the radio right now have a homogenized quality to them. I've made a huge effort to try and not sound like everybody else,"

You're Madonna...you shouldn't have to try!

Cousin Slappy, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 06:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

where oh where is the dave q madonna thread?

geeta, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 08:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

some fabulous artwork this year

piscesx, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 08:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh stop, she's down

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 08:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've made a huge effort to try and not sound like everybod--

Big Mr. Guess U.S.A. Champion (crüt), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 09:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

where oh where is the dave q madonna thread?

hyurr! Madonna deserves her own thread(s), and here's mine...

a treasure of an opening post

lex pretend, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 09:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think madonna may have finally reached jay-z status with me, where i actually think of the artist in their prime as an entirely separate person to the current artist, and there is no overlap at all in my mind

lex pretend, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 09:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

otm, though for me she reached that point years ago

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

even "music" was like basically a difft artist in my mind

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am baffled by people who prefer new Madonna to "classic" Madonna.

Big Mr. Guess U.S.A. Champion (crüt), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 11:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

there are people who think that?! surely not

lex pretend, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 11:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's quite a sizeable number who think Ray of Light and Confessions are her best work, but I kind of put that down to an age thing, and maybe people disliking 80s production. For me "classic" Madonna (where she could do really no wrong) ended with the Evita vocal lessons which sucked all the warmth and life and the use of her lower register out of her voice, and now that the mannered imperiousness has vanished (which was the whole point of the lessons), we're just left with this lifeless catastrophe. The song is dire but she probably could have done something with it two decades ago.

prolego, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 11:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd want to give this song to the Madonna of "Burning Up" or "Open Your Heart" and see what she'd do with it, but she'd probably she'd just look at it and what she'd become with complete derision.

prolego, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 11:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

i agree that the vocal lessons were on balance a bad thing but her post-evita voice didn't become an actual hindrance until confessions imo - it suits RoL completely, then on music andamerican life it didn't matter because those albums (at their best) were all about how she electronically manipulated and distorted her voice. on confessions the music is so dazzling that she gets away with it.

i only think of the current incarnation of madonna as starting post-2005, whatever you think of the 1998-2005 period vis-à-vis her 80s or early 90s stuff, it's far closer to that than to the shit she's coming out with now.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 11:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well, to my ears Confessions marked the only time her new voice worked on a whole album, thanks in large part to it being a dance record. The slower stuff on ROL and Music (e.g. "I Deserve It," "Mer Girl") is dreadful; even "Drowned World" boasts a couple of pompous moments, like when, to quote Rob Sheffield, she says "I had so many lah-VERS" as if she's never had one in her life.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 12:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

What about What It Feels Like For a Girl? A great late slow song imo.

Suede - the fabric, not the band (DL), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 12:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

It works. I'd argue that's a ballad conceived as a dance track (the sonics, the way her voice sounds like it's looped).

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 12:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Re: Madonna's late voice & dance music, it's telling that both Hung Up and Sorry find her scolding somebody - not the whole album but the two big singles, and then Jump is hard-nosed self-help. The open-armed joy she could tap into on Into the Groove or Deeper and Deeper seems inaccessible to her now. Just a thought - there may be exceptions I'm forgetting.

Suede - the fabric, not the band (DL), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Deeper and Deeper" doesn't feel joyful at all (and that's part of what makes it so great)! But yeah I agree.

prolego, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

that rings true - confessions marked the first time i felt M's voice thudded somewhat and felt flat. for a dance record it's curiously lacking in uninhibited joy. but yeah, that's pretty bang on about why "hung up", "sorry", "jump" and "push" work (and it's why i've felt that unlike those, "get together" works despite madonna rather than due to her).

lex pretend, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp Ah OK, I find Deeper and Deeper pretty joyful, unlike most of Erotica. Ear of the beholder.

Suede - the fabric, not the band (DL), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

"deeper and deeper" = numbing trauma with hedonism, finding a kind of liberation in that anyway. it's complicated

lex pretend, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm half-tempted to start a fb campaign urging her not to release this album in an effort to preserve her legacy. A hollow gesture, of course, because the label has already sunk a ton of money into it, but a gesture from the heart nonetheless.

― Johnny Fever, Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:52 AM (8 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

because American Life and Hard Candy were so great that this is a shock

DNRIYHM NATION 1814 (some dude), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

I want to lock Madonna in a room with just her guitar and see what she comes up with, because she needs a serious reboot.

thinveneer, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm sure that will work.

Tim F, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Was Ray of Light the last really "unique" thing she did? I mean obviously it too heavily drew from several sources but most of them iirc were sort of more out of the mainstream than, say, disco (re: Confessions).

I have one thing to say: "Roxanne Shanté" (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 14:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm sure that will work.

Grasping at straws.

thinveneer, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 14:07 (2 years ago) Permalink


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