CD of the Week
Album: Madonna, MDNA (Interscope)
In the opening seconds of her 12th studio album, Madonna apologises to God for her sins, the inevitable twist – telegraphed somewhat by the title "Girl Gone Wild" – being that she can't give them up.
And in case we miss the banal bad-but-good message, a later song goes "I'm a sinner/ I like it that way".
And, God help us all, because MDNA (you see what she did there?) is the album on which Madonna, 53, has discovered drugs. Or at least, the tired old love-is-the-drug metaphor ("It's like MDMA!", she squeaks on the heavy handed "I'm Addicted"). The rest of MDNA is dominated by bog-standard club-friendly electronic dance-pop, courtesy of producers William Orbit (Ray of Light, Music), Martin Solveig and the Demolition Crew.
Madonna may have done this stuff first, but nowadays Lady Gaga does it better. MDNA? Meh-DNA.
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