New Reviews: Madonna's Explicitly Emotional 'MDNA'

Also: New music from the Mars Volta, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Odd Future and more

March 27, 2012 8:55 AM ET
Madonna, 'MDNA'
Madonna, 'MDNA'

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Joe Levy praises Madonna's new album MDNA, in which the pop queen gets emotionally explicit as she deals with the fallout of her divorce from Guy Ritchie. Also, Jody Rosen says Odd Future's latest is a mesmerizing set of tunes in which the controversial rap crew rise above their limitations, and Anthony DeCurtis digs the "rough-hewn elegance" of Justin Townes Earles' latest Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now.


Madonna - MDNA

Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now

Miike Snow - Happy to You

The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet

Odd Future - The O.F. Tape Volume 2

All-American Rejects - Kids in the Street

Dev - The Night the Sun Came Up

Lionel Richie - Tuskegee

Mouse on Mars - Parastrophics

Rusko - Songs

Shinedown - Amaryllis

Various Artists - In the Mix: Dancepop Anthems

Spoek Mathambo - Father Creeper


Justin Bieber "Boyfriend"

Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne "Roman Reloaded"

Titus Andronicus "Upon Viewing Oregon's Landscape with the Flood of Detritus"

Dr. John "Revolution"

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