147 SCORE: 6.884 2015 PLACEMENT: DOWN 23 - 124 of 210 (6.848) HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 8 (@aux @DJHazey @soratami @WoW73 @Zdarlight @joeee @wintersleep @Music Is Life) LOWEST SCORE: 1 x 1 (@theelusivechanteuse) MY SCORE: 8/10 And the mess rolls on! It's been a while since we hacked into MDNA. It's gone untouched for about thirty places since [redacted] left, only for us to lose what is possibly the best track on the whole damn thing. To say most tracks on the album are riddled with problems would be an understatement, but "Beautiful Killer" just... isn't. It's a delightfully smooth, solid ride. Catchy, breezy, cheeky, and just a good bit of fun. One of the few tracks that Martin Solveig did that doesn't feel compressed within an inch of its live. You could easily slip this into Music, where it would probably get showered with 10s, but let me not get too salty. It's a great track, and @theelusivechanteuse can stay pressed and stressed about it. Madonna sounds flirty and free as she flirts with both love and danger, but then, that's hardly a surprise considering it's her best setting. It is in fact inspired by an old French film called Le Samouraï, which Martin Solveig explains here: "We talked a lot about movies; she has a very impressive knowledge of French film from the '60s. It's the story of a killer, a very solitary person; the cinematic of the whole movie is really special. We liked it very much, and talked about that for a little while. On the next day I had a draft of another song called 'Beautiful Killer' referring to that." At the time of release, people were quick to notice just how nice a fit it would be mashed up with "Die Another Day" and... this was something that Madonna's team also appeared to notice. During her eight minute set at the Olympia in Paris, Madonna justified price of admission being the same as it was for her regular tour by chucking in this bonus mash-up, and it fucking slaps. It was a one-off performance that never materialised anywhere else. I'm guessing it was maybe a part of the MDNA Tour setlist at some point but got cut eventually. My guess would be during the gun-heavy opening act. I think the clips on the screens behind her are from Le Samouraï too, but I could be wrong. Would make sense considering where she was performing it. But yeah, it's a fun routine for a fun song, and Madonna looks stunning swinging her revolver.m4a about in her black flasher coat. Enjoy!