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Liam.k.
post May 10 2020, 06:19 PM
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MDNA is Madonna’s most uneven album. When it’s bad (“I Don’t Give A,” “I’m A Sinner” and “Best Friend”), it’s quasi-torturous. But when it’s good (“Girl Gone Wild,” “Superstar” and “Love Spent”), it’s dance-pop bliss. The album’s fourth and final single definitely falls into the latter category. Co-produced with Martin Solveig, “Turn Up The Radio” was released with little fanfare after the album had already run its course. It charted in several European countries, before accepting its fate as a footnote in the Queen of Pop’s discography.

Which is highly annoying given that “Turn Up The Radio” is the kind of sugary sweet, ’80s throwback that gets Carly Rae Jepsen (and the other electro-pop girls) rave reviews on Pitchfork. “When the world starts to get you down and nothing seems to go your way,” Madonna begins the feel-good bop. “And the noise of the maddening crowd, makes you feel like you’re going to go insane — there’s a glow of a distant light, calling you to come outside.” That takes us to the French house-inspired chorus: “Don’t ask me where I wanna go, we gotta turn up the radio.”

“Turn On The Radio” is basically 2012 Madonna channelling 1986 Madonna. In other words, what The Gays have been begging for since the turn of the century. It’s cute, nostalgic and goes down easy. The song also holds up better than the vast majority of MDNA production-wise. Given its retro influences, “Turn Up The Radio” has a timeless quality that sets it apart. Oh, and then there’s the delightful, Tom Munro-directed video, which finds the living legend driving around Italy in a convertible picking up hotties.
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Liam.k.
post May 10 2020, 06:21 PM
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I do find the song okay but I find it hard to agree with most of the comments here.

'Best Friend' considered to represent the worst and 'Superstar' the best? Carly Rae Jepsen esque? Timeless? Delightful music video?!
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post May 10 2020, 06:31 PM
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That is such a reach of an article mellow.gif I really disagree with it too and in my opinion 'Turn Up The Radio' shouldn't have been a single at all, let alone an even bigger one laugh.gif Delete this article now x
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post May 11 2020, 10:15 AM
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What a load of tosh I’m a sinner is much better than radio !!
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post May 11 2020, 10:21 AM
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This was basically a bland rip-off of 'Hello' (Martin Solveig, who coincidentally also produced this).

Maybe they wrote this on April 1st and it got stuck in their servers?
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post May 11 2020, 10:21 AM
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I do agree that 'Best Friend' is terrible though.
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post May 11 2020, 10:28 AM
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I love best friend !!
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post May 11 2020, 10:30 AM
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I really like 'Best Friend' too wub.gif
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