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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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?
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.
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