By Kyle Anderson
Updated December 05, 2011 at 04:57 PM EST
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Madonna has been off the musical radar for a while, but she’s getting an early start on her expected reign over 2012. She’s officially performing at the Super Bowl, and there’s also a new song called “Masterpiece” that is slated to be included on both her upcoming new album as well as the soundtrack to her film W.E.

The version streaming online sounds a little hollow, but overall “Masterpiece” is an uncluttered presentation that recalls the Material Girl’s outre mid-’90s period, which saw the birth of an eclectic batch of hits like “I’ll Remember” and “Take a Bow.” Both of those songs share a certain vibe with “Masterpiece,” which has the same kind of moody, direct energy and sound. Madge’s voice sounds particularly sharp, without distracting digital correction.

All in all, it’s pretty gorgeous, and quite a ways away from the four-on-the-floor club tracks that have littered her previous two albums Hard Candy and Confessions on a Dance Floor. Give “Masterpiece” a spin here.

What do you think of Madonna’s new single? How does it hold up against her recent work and some of her more classic singles? As stated above, there’s a lot of that Bedtime Stories-era pillow talk in “Masterpiece,” but there’s also a little bit of a nod to that digi-coustic, faux-organic dance stuff that found its way onto Ray of Light and Music. In any event, it seems like Madonna is mining her best work in an effort to move forward, which we totally endorse. If nothing else, it’s a step up from the previously leaked song “Give Me All Your Love,” which was problematic in a number of different ways.

Does “Masterpiece” live up to its name? Let us know in the comments.


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