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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Madonna 'MDNA' Previews: "Best Friend", "I Fucked Up", "Beautiful Killer" & "Superstar"

Trying to keep up with Madonna's MDNA song leaks is like trying to contain a ant invasion. (Sorry, I'm having a problem at home with the pesky little pests — ants, I mean. Not Madonna songs.) But as I sit here, post-SXSW, finally wading through the new clips from Ye Olde Vampyre, I'm pretty much like what I hear.

Last week we took a listen to "I'm Addicted,""Love Spent" and "Gang Bang." Below is the latest crop, ahead of the March 26 release of MDNA.

"Best Friend": Love the synthy, staccato production here from the Benassis and Demolition Crew. The lyrics aren't even that bad! Another stab at Guy Ritchie?




"Superstar": "I'll give you a massage when you get home"?"You're Abe Lincoln, 'cause you fight for what's right"??? Okay, okay — cheeseball lyrics aside, it's nice to hear Madge doing a straight-up happy pop song.



"Falling Free": Thank Christ this broad is working with William Orbit again. Beautiful ballad that annihilates her last album, the two Celebration singles and "Give Me All Your Luvin'".



"I Don't Give A": Take that, Guy. Not to sound like a broken record, but imagine if this had been the first MDNA single? I guess you could say that about any of these tracks. Another one that features Nicki Minaj, as well as a defiant Madge and production by Martin Solveig. I'm officially going to love this album.



"Beautiful Killer": More Martin Solveig, more allusions to praying and shooting, more awesomeness. Something about this song sounds very '90s to me. The lush production is great.



"I Fucked Up": Madge lays it on the line and owns up to her mistakes. Solveig's production here is sort of reminding me of "Nothing Fails" a bit. Really sweet track.

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