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Some Girls
{{{Type}}} by Madonna
Album MDNA
Recorded 2011; London, England (Guerilla Strip), New York, New York (MSR Studios)
Genre EDM, synthpop
Length 3:53
Label
Producer
  • Madonna
  • Orbit
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Åhlund (additional production)

"Some Girls" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Madonna for her twelfth studio album MDNA (2012). It was written by Madonna, William Orbit and Klas Åhlund, while production was handled by Madonna and Orbit, and co-production was done by Åhlund. An electronic song, "Some Girls" also features synthpop influences.

Lyrically, the female empowerment song finds Madonna declaring how she is different from many other women. In one part of the song, she makes a reference to her 1989 hit "Express Yourself". The song received mixed reception from music critics. Most critics praised Orbit's production, which resembles his production on Ray of Light, but others felt it was weak and criticized Madonna's processed vocals. Although not released as a single, the song has charted on the Gaon Chart due to strong digital downloads of the parent album.

Writing and recording Edit

"Some Girls" was written and produced by Madonna, William Orbit, and Klas Åhlund.[1] Madonna spoke about working with Orbit at the New York premiere of "W.E.," stating, "With William, I didn't really have a discussion. We've worked on stuff for so many years that we kind of finish each other's sentences. He knows my taste and what I like. [...] Magic happens when we get into a recording studio together."[2]

Orbit explained that the "light and experimental" recording session for "Some Girls" led to "a fierce kind of electro track. ... 'Here I am. I am awesome,' That's what it communicates to anyone, I am sure. She is just like queen bitch. ... We love her for that and she knows how to rule." He believes that the song really speaks to her biggest fans, stating, "She certainly knows how to get [to] her subjects [and get] the most devotion out of them. I love to see that relationship between fans and Madonna. It's a rare thing, so proactive and that song really sums it up. It's got great lyrics. We had fun with the lyrics."[3]

Composition Edit

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"Some Girls" is an EDM[3] and synthpop song,[4] with a length of three minutes and fifty-two seconds. It features "a mid-tempo groove, a deep electro bass line and stabbing synths".[5] It also has William Orbit's "trademark swirly, cosmic-like flourishes that zig-zag out of the speakers," as noted by Keith Caulfield from Billboard.[1] The track contains "a-melodic chant" that lists off the current trend of a "rich party girl".[6] It includes the line "put your loving to the test," where Madonna makes a reference to her own single "Express Yourself (1989)" whilst elsewhere singing "I never wanna be like some girls."[1]

For Brad Stern of MTV Buzzworthy, the song recalls Norwegian duo Royksopp's "Vision One"—or even Britney Spears's "Piece of Me," also produced by Klas Åhlund.[7] Stern also thought that "Some Girls" "is Hard Candy's 'She's Not Me' injected with a gallon of battery acid."[7] Emily Mackay of The Quietus agreed, naming it "a return to the theme of Hard Candy's 'She's Not Me' (essentially: step off, little girl, I invented this shit), but with "less attitude, more platitude by now."[8] Enio Chinola of PopMatters pointed out that it "is more reminiscent of Robyn's 'Don’t Fucking Tell Me What to Do'."[6]

Critical responseEdit

"Some Girls" received generally mixed reviews from music critics. Brad Stern of MTV Buzzworthy called it, "the darkest cut on the record, apart from 'Gang Bang'."[7] Amy Sciarretto of Pop Crush named it "a beat-heavy, synth pop gem with processed vocals, like many of the songs on ‘MDNA.’" He also praised "the ’80s nu wave thread," calling it "a prime example of the album’s laptop pop sound."[4] Dean Piper of Daily Mirror was also positive, calling it "the most cosmic of Orbit tracks he's done with Madonna," writing that "her vocal is almost tinny and echoes." Piper finished the review stating that 'Some Girls', "it's an exciting introduction to a new wave Orbit."[9] Nick Bond of Star Observer agreed, calling it "a solid electro-glam stomper," praising the "VERY William Orbit bridge that could’ve been lifted straight off the Ray of Light album."[10] Joel Meares of Time Out wrote the producers "squeeze Madge into android mode here." He also stated, "How they manage to remove even more personality from her voice, we don’t know, but hearing it float characterless above their rich and infectious looping beats, we’re glad they did. It works."[11]

Jeremy Thomas of 411 Mania called it "a good old-fashioned club single and adequate, but unremarkable."[12] Michael Cragg of The Guardian labeled it "the album's weakest moment," due to "Madonna's vocals pulled, processed and buried deep in the mix, acting more like another instrument within a deluge of filtered beats." He also added that, "It could have easily been a leftover from her Music album."[13] Virgin Media gave the song 2 out of 5 stars, writing that the song "inevitably triggers memories of the Ray of Light album, but it is one of MDNA's most underwhelming offerings." Her vocals were also criticized, for being "altered, processed and buried deep in the mix."[14]

Credits and personnelEdit

  • Songwriting – Madonna, William Orbit, Klas Ahlund
  • Production - Madonna, William Orbit
  • Co-Production - Klas Ahlund
  • Mixing - Demacio “Demo” Castello
  • Protools Editing - Ron Taylor
  • Additional Editing - Stephen “The Koz” Kozmeniuk
  • Instrumentation - William Orbit & Klas Ahlund


Credits adapted from the liner notes of MDNA, Interscope Records, Live Nation.[15]

Charts Edit

In South Korea, the song debuted at number 144 on the Gaon International Downloads Chart.[16]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
South Korean International Downloads Chart[16] 124

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Caullfield, Keith (March 9, 2012). "Madonna, 'MDNA': Track-By-Track Review - Part. 2". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/articles/review/1067073/madonna-mdna-track-by-track-review. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  2. Vena, Jocelyn (January 26, 2012). "Madonna Made 'Magic' With William Orbit On M.D.N.A.". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1677918/madonna-mdna-william-orbit.jhtml. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Vena, Jocelyn (March 26, 2012). "Madonna Proclaims 'Queen Bitch' Status On MDNA". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1681770/madonna-mdna-album.jhtml. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sciarretto, Amy. "Madonna, ‘MDNA’ – Album Review". PopCrush. http://popcrush.com/madonna-mdna-album-review/. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  5. McCormick, Neil (March 7, 2012). "Madonna's new album MDNA: track-by-track review". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopmusic/9127093/Madonnas-new-album-MDNA-track-by-track-review.html. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chiola, Enio (March 26, 2012). Madonna: MDNA. PopMatters. Retrieved on March 27, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Stern, Bradley (March 26, 2012). "'MDNA' Track-By-Track Review: A Cheat Sheet To Madonna's New Album". MTV Buzzworthy. http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2012/03/26/madonna-mdna-album-review/. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  8. Mackay, Emily (March 26, 2012). Madonna. The Quietus. Retrieved on March 27, 2012.
  9. Piper, Dan (March 7, 2012). "MDNA review: Madonna's new album shows the young pretenders she is still a force to be reckoned with". The Mirror. http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/going-out/music/mdna-review-madonnas-new-album-754626. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  10. "Madonna’s MDNA: our track-by-track review". The Star Observer. March 16, 2012. http://www.starobserver.com.au/play/entertainment-play/2012/03/16/madonnas-mdna-our-track-by-track-review/74218. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  11. Meares, Joel (March 26, 2012). "Madonna's MDNA - A track-by-track review of the pop queen's new album". Time Out (magazine). http://www.au.timeout.com/sydney/music/features/10445/madonnas-mdna. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  12. Thomas, Jeremy (March 26, 2012). "411mania.com: Madonna - MDNA Review". 411 Mania. http://www.411mania.com/music/album_reviews/230884/Madonna---MDNA-Review.htm. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  13. Cragg, Michael (March 7, 2012). "First listen: Madonna's MDNA". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/mar/07/first-listen-madonna-mdna. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  14. "Some Girls - Madonna: MDNA track by track review". Virgin Media. http://www.virginmedia.com/music/features/madonna-mdna-track-by-track-review.php?page=7. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  15. Template:Cite AV media notes
  16. 16.0 16.1 가온차트와 함께하세요 (Korean). Gaon Chart (2012-04-05). Archived from the original on 2012-04-07. Retrieved on April 6, 2012.

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