Some might consider what I’m about to say a bit stereotypical coming from me, but so be it: I love Madonna. I always have, and I always will. Even though Duran Duran will always be number one in my musical heart, there is always going to be a special place for Madonna. Why, you may ask? That’s not an easy question to answer. For me, there has always been something about her “screw you, I’m going to do what I want” attitude that has always drawn me to her. Could it be because I seem to find myself constrained in the idea of always attempting make others happy and doing what is expected of me and wanting to break out of that role and be as carefree as she is? Possibly. Could it be that I’ve always thought there were deeper meanings to what she said in her music and performances than the casual observer noticed that I thought should be explored? Possibly. In any case, there has always been this chord she strikes in me that I simply can’t explain.
Needless to say, when I heard she was recording a new CD earlier this year, I was very excited. My hopes and expectations for new Madonna music were lifted to their pinnacle, hoping for new highs to come from the Queen of Pop. Surely, I thought, something new and exciting was on its way in the form of new music that I simply couldn’t fathom. When the new CD titled MDNA came out, I couldn’t wait to put it in the car CD player.
I listened to it at least three times before attempting to form an opinion. All the while, however, I was left with this thought: “What is this crap, and where is Madonna?”
So I found myself having to admit… I don’t like this. It almost felt like a sacrilege. I mean, here I am listening to Madonna and I’m feeling nothing? It’s almost as if this latest installment in her musical journey was nothing more than appeasing a record company who needed something… anything… in order to sell music with her name attached to it.
I will admit there are one or two songs that I like here in this collection, however, I have to draw the line there. The majority of this CD, to me, is practically intolerable. There is one song, which has this chant, “L-U-V Madonna, Y-O-U you wanna?” and I have to admit to you, while I do L-U-V Madonna, I H-A-T-E this newest CD. There is simply nothing here to get excited about. I do realize that most people are referring to this as her “divorce” album (with obvious references to Guy Ritchie and their split), even so, I was expecting more heart felt music.
So while I may bemoan the fact that I’m not a fan of this particular offering of MDNA, I still love Madonna herself, and do believe (and hope) she’ll go back to more of what I have come to know and love from her. Come on, Madge, I know you’ve got it in you!