Song of the Day #4,799: ‘Masterpiece’ – Madonna

Madonna followed up what I consider her worst album so far, 2008’s Hard Candy, with 2012’s MDNA, an electronic pop album informed by her divorce from filmmaker Guy Ritchie several years earlier.

After the lackluster results from the star-studded producer lineup of her previous effort, Madonna enlisted a host of lesser-known producers for this album. Most notably, she brought back William Orbit, who helped deliver one of her best albums in Ray of Light. Orbit’s contributions to MDNA are by far its best tracks.

This record marks Madonna’s first collaboration with women artists, fascinating given her status as a feminist icon for 25 years. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. feature on first single ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ and Minaj returns on the deep cut ‘I Don’t Give A.’

MDNA is a mixed bag, reflective of the large number of producers and seeming lack of a consistent vision. It is probably best remembered for its controversial title, a play on both Madonna’s name and the drug MDMA (better known as ecstasy). Anti-drug organizations accused her of glamorizing the substance.

My favorite tracks on MDNA come at the end, where the album slows down to make room for a trio of thoughtful ballads.

Today’s track, ‘Masterpiece,’ was written for the film W/E, a British historical romance directed and co-written by Madonna. Like most of her cinematic endeavors, the movie bombed with critics, but the song did win a Golden Globe.

In her awkward acceptance speech, Madonna slipped in and out of a British accent, elicited a steely stare from fellow nominee and occasional nemesis Elton John, and praised Harvey Weinstein.

MDNA gave Madonna her fifth straight #1 album on the Billboard 200, but sales quickly dropped off. It still limped its way to 2 million copies sold worldwide.

[Verse 1]
If you were the Mona Lisa
You’d be hanging in the Louvre
Everyone would come to see you
You’d be impossible to move

[Pre-Chorus]
It seems to me that’s what you are
A rare and priceless work of art
You stay behind your velvet rope
But I will not renounce all hope

[Chorus]
And I’m right by your side, like a thief in the night
I stand in front of the masterpiece
And I can’t tell you why it hurts so much
To be in love with a masterpiece
‘Cause, after all, nothing’s indestructible

[Verse 2]
From the moment I first saw you
All the darkness turned to white
An Impressionistic painting
Tiny particles of light

[Pre-Chorus]
It seems to me that’s what you’re like
The “Look but please don’t touch me” type
And honestly, it can’t be fun
To always be the chosen one

[Chorus]
And I’m right by your side, like a thief in the night
I stand in front of the masterpiece
And I can’t tell you why it hurts so much
To be in love with a masterpiece (Masterpiece)
‘Cause, after all, nothing’s indestructible
Nothing’s indestructible, nothing’s indestructible
Nothing’s indestructible

[Chorus]
And I’m right by your side, like a thief in the night
I stand in front of the masterpiece
And I can’t tell you why it hurts so much
To be in love with a masterpiece
And I’m right by your side, like a thief in the night
I stand in front of the masterpiece
And I can’t tell you why it hurts so much
To be in love with a masterpiece (Masterpiece)
‘Cause, after all, nothing’s indestructible
‘Cause, after all, nothing’s indestructible

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,799: ‘Masterpiece’ – Madonna

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Lol! I remember when Madonna adopted that British accent. I’m glad she got over that!

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