Listen, I have a lot of respect for Madonna, but can’t stand what she has been doing the past decade. She hasn’t aged well like Janet or Cher. Maybe she is sick and tired of people telling her to “act her age,” and keeps trying to piss them off. Well, she will achieve her goal with this album.
I can’t say who I am or how I heard it. But I am real, and, unfortunately, so is the album. She must not have a manager anymore, because there is no way anybody could approve of this album. Admittedly, I only heard seven songs.There will probably be at least 12. Here is my preview.
Beautiful Game This is scheduled to be the first single. She performed part of it at the Met Gala, but it sounds different here. It’s produced by Mirwais, and there is annoying knob tuning all throughout the song. It’s basically a rehash of “Die Another Day.”
Dos Hermanos Half of the song is sung in Spanish. It’s about two brothers who get separated because of immigration laws. It’s slow, her voice is pretty moving, but the song sounds like a parody of a white lady trying to be Hispanic. It’s not “La Isla Bonita”. It’s just cringe.
Risky Places I think this is another Mirwais track, and it sounds like Madonna is channeling Iggy Azalea here. She raps about places where she likes to have sex with the risk of getting caught: the golf course, church, her father’s basement, a cemetery, a pet shelter, and even Kendrick Lamar’s bedroom. I wish I could say this track is a parody. But….
Turn Back Time Another ballad here. Out of all the songs, this one is the only decent one. It’s actually quite touching, and is written with someone named John Henry. It’s bound to be controversial as she imagines herself going back in time to stop herself from getting an abortion. She talks about all the things her aborted child missed: little league, school field trips, video games, football practice, etc. But I can’t imagine how her fans, who are mostly pro-choice, will receive this.
Smartgun I don’t keep up with rap much, sorry, but I think it’s a duet with Nicki Minaj. It references a black teenager being shot for having a smartphone, which the police thought was a gun. Madonna sings the part of what’s going through the teenager’s mind, while (Nicki?) raps as the racist police officer (“I’m a white thug,” she keeps repeating). It sounds like a Fox News parody of well-meaning liberals.
Persistence “If you want something, you have to ask for it,” Madonna repeats throughout the song. The concentration is more on the music than any lyrics. Sort of like “Animals” by I forgot his name. It reminded me of something from the 2013 movie Gravity.