MDNA

Common Sense Media says

Her Madgesty returns with a less edgy, dance-pop album.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nothing too negative, though some mildly eyebrow-raising lyrics like "I'm a sinner, and I like it that way."

Positive role models

Some parents might find Madonna to be a great role model because she's an independent woman who does what she wants; others may find her lyrics and envelope-pushing image too iffy for their kids.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

No graphic sexual references, though some sexy lines like "some girls want to be on top."

Language

A couple of swear words ("s--t"). 

Consumerism

Some famous people and products, like Michael Jordan, Bugatti, and Prada. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mentions drinking alcohol and alludes to love being like a drug. The title, MDNA, appears to be an allusion to MDMA, the drug commonly called ecstasy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that as far as Madonna albums go, MDNA is comparatively mild, with few of the mature sexual and religious references that made her early albums so provocative. That said, the record does have its adult moments, with a few sexy and religious lyrics, along with a couple swear words ("s--t") and mentions of drinking. Also, the title, MDNA, appears to be an allusion to the drug MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. Parents should also note that the deluxe version of the album gets a bit more mature, with some songs including violence and more graphic language.   

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What's the story?

MDNA is the 12th record in the 30-year career of Madonna, the legendary pop queen who's often referred to as "Her Madgesty." The album includes 11 songs that revolve around familiar themes for Madonna, including love, sex, religion, and partying. Rap princess Nicki Minaj guest stars on two songs, and the deluxe version of the album contains an additional six tracks.

Is it any good?

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At this stage in her career, Madonna has reached such legendary status that her many die-hard fans will love anything she does. These fans will undoubtedly embrace the dance-focused tunes on this album -- even though they reveal what has always been Madonna's weak spot: simply so-so vocals.  

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Madonna's career has evolved since her start and how she now compares with the new generation of pop divas. 

  • What's better and worse about MDNA compared with Madonna's early albums? 

  • How has Madonna influenced contemporary pop stars like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry

Music details

Artist:Madonna
Release date:March 26, 2012
Type:Album
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Written byAnonymous December 27, 2012
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18
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Still this is not for kids at all. All this sex is still with madonna and she's 51 Years Old.

Her Title and look closer MDNA comes MDMA for this type of Sex Drug. You can tell she is still about sex with this drug she takes legally or illegally. Could this be on to something and she on to sex a lot more.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 5, 9, 12, and 15 year old Written bypluggedinparent May 8, 2012
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13
QUALITY
 

Ugh

Waaaaayyyyy back in 1982, who could have foreseen that the culture's newest agent provocateur would still be provoking three decades later? Or that she'd still be mining the same naughty ex-Catholic school girl cliché for all it's worth. But that's not all that's happening on MDNA. When she takes a breath from singing the praises of being a "Girl Gone Wild" or shamelessly bragging, "I'm a Sinner," the rest of the Material Girl's 12th studio album and first release since her 2008 divorce from British movie director Guy Ritchie alternates between fits of violent rage and moments of miserable mourning. Pro-Social Content On "Superstar," Madonna compares her romantic partner with "Abe Lincoln, 'cause you fight for what's right/ … You're my angel bringing peace to my life." Meanwhile, "Falling Free" achingly describes the oneness a couple once shared: "When did you ignite this heart/Rescue me from all this dark?/See, our hearts are intertwined." Elsewhere on that track we hear, "The face of God that stands above/Pouring over hope and love." Profane title and lyrics aside, it worth noting that bonus track "I F‑‑‑ed Up" acknowledges mistakes in a relationship and expresses sorrow for them: "I f‑‑‑ed up, I made a mistake/Nobody does it better than myself/I'm sorry/ … I wish I could take it back/But I can't/I'm so ashamed/You're in so much pain/I blamed you when things didn't go my way." Objectionable Content Exactly 180 degrees away from that apology is "Gang Bang," where Madonna exchanges mournful reflection (ostensibly on her marred marriage) for a Slim Shady-approved fantasy about murdering her ex: "Bang, bang, shot you dead, my lover in the head/ … And I have no regrets." She tells him, "You have to die for me, baby," and asks, "How could I move on with my life/If you didn't die for me, baby?" Things get even darker as she suggests, "He deserved it/And I'm going straight to hell/And if I see that b‑‑ch in hell/I'm gonna shoot him in the head again." The song includes 13 uses of "b‑‑ch" and the repeated sounds of guns being cocked and spent casings falling to the ground. Album opener "Girl Gone Wild" harks back to "Like a Prayer," beginning with this mockery: "Oh my God/I'm heartily sorry/For having offended Thee/And I detest all my sins/Because I dread the loss of heaven/And the pains of hell/But most of all because I love Thee/And I want so badly to be good." The balance of the track gives the lie to that prayer, as Madonna willfully indulges the idea that she's a "good girl gone wild" who admits "I'm about to go astray/ … I feel like sinning/ … I got that burnin' hot desire." With the same snarky tone, "I'm a Sinner" repeatedly confesses, "I'm a sinner, I like it that way/ … Praise the Lord, and I like it that way/Hail Mary, full of grace/Get down on your knees and pray/Jesus Christ, hanging on the cross/Died for our sins, it's such a loss/Saint Christopher, find my way/I'll be coming home one day/ … Thomas Aquinas, stand your ground/All those saints and holy men/Catch me before I sin again." "Some Girls" cattily criticizes women who are both virginal and carnal: "She's flawless, a virgin sweet (like a virgin sweet and clean)/Some girls got an attitude/Fake t-ts and a nasty mood/Hot s‑‑‑ when she's in the nude (in a naughty, naked mood). "I'm Addicted" compares a torrid love affair to addiction to the drug Ecstasy. "Give Me All Your Luvin'" celebrates narcissistic, in-the-moment hedonism. Album liner notes include a photo of Madonna in a skimpy bra. Summary Advisory How do you solve a problem like Madonna? The 53-year-old diva proffers a handful of surprisingly vulnerable moments on MDNA, moments suggesting that the end of her eight-year marriage to Guy Ritchie has taken a real toll on her soul. But she doesn't respond to that disorienting loss in a way that'll help or nourish her millions of fans. Instead, she tries to wind the clock back to a sexier time, throwing herself with abandon into the familiar role of the unrepentant sinner, shamelessly thumbing her nose at Jesus and Catholicism as she goes. And then she loads her metaphorical 9mm, cocks it and points it at her ex.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byelibohnert April 9, 2012
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13
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Pretty Good

I think the standard version of the album is just fine but the deluxe version is 15+ due to a lot of F words and B words.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byandasif April 28, 2012
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Its okay

I have listened to it once and it is okay. Im not a big madonna fan to begin with but Nicki Minaj is in it so it makes it cool but I think i will stick with the rap.

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