Critics have praised the singer - who releases her 12th LP this week - for creating a contemporary pop record, but have claimed that it doesn't compare to the best of her previous work.
In a three star review, The Guardian said: "[It is] neither the return to form it thinks it is, nor the disaster Madonna should rightly have delivered at some stage in her musical career but never quite has."
Praising the ballads, The Observer commented: "It's a glimpse of a fascinating possible future, of a grownup Madonna at ease with herself, trusting her talent over passing trends," adding: "It makes you crave her next album, not this one."
Pitchfork awarded the album 4.5/10, noting: "It's hard to shake the impression that she has some measure of contempt for the contemporary pop audience... She's the one who deserves better."
Metro was more complimentary about the set, describing it as "a pointedly 'modern' collection but also laced with echoes of Madonna's earlier work".
Giving the record just two out of five stars, The Telegraph criticised its "horribly clichéd lyrics to these unoriginal disco'n'dubstep numbers", adding: "Who wants to party with Madonna today? She looks exhausted and unhappy and MDNA leaves me feeling the same."
Likening it to her recent Super Bowl performance, Slant: said: "Madonna's Super Bowl performance last month - spectacular but lacking spontaneity - was indicative of her overall approach to her career these days - meticulously orchestrated down to every dance move, every mimed syllable."
In a positive appraisal, The Mirror insisted that "Madonna's still pushing the envelope of her superstardom and MDNA is in no way a let-down - it's just the next chapter in an already enthralling story".
Madonna recently added a third date to her upcoming UK tour, at Birmingham's NIA Arena on July 19.
> Read Digital Spy's review of MDNA
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