”Be careful what you wish,” remember this idiom? Yeah, this is how best to describe Madrina resurfacing.
Cynthia Morgan was unquestionably one of the hottest stars in the country back in 2014, 2015. She first had the limelight shone on her in 2009 after featuring on Jhybo’s ”E jo Lefero” record. Her presence on that record saw the most ordinary of music lovers sense just how special her talent was, and they were right for about 6 more years as Cynthia went on to release multiple hit singles, topped numerous charts, and snagged major features which cumulated in major recognition, nominations, and awards.
All of this came to an abrupt demise when she took a hiatus in 2017. Cynthia went MIA only to resurface towards the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 stirring up ire with her explanation on the decision to quit music which according to her was largely based on signing with the wrong label/management. On her return, she again bridled the fire in a select few causing us to yearn for something new to finally prove to the heathens her throne may have been vacated but was never filled and can never be.
August 21, Madrina dropped her comeback single ”Hustle” an instant regret. Free tip for artistes who may be reading this, one unerring way to ruin a musical career, is to distance yourself from what made you famous in the first place. ”Hustle” was sonically and conceptually disconnected — from the ”bad gyal” Madrina of 5 years ago. The innate genius she brought on some of her old records was non-existent on Hustle, oozing major unfinished and unfocused aura from the very first note.
”Hustle,” chronicles how much she’s had to deal with, her game plan as well as her becoming a person who remains undaunted by all the criticism or hates being spewed her way, comes across as delusional being sung by someone with no persona so to speak.
Yes, we get that she may have become rusty after such a long time away from music but then again, I am certain no one expected the flaccid, boring and pitiful record she released. ”Hustle,” reminded me of sounds made by a bickering strung-out person with a lack of strong ideas, team, or purpose. A true self-deprecating project to say the least.
The lack of sense, smart lyrics, or engaging vocals provide major reasons this record should be obliterated largely to the bin. The production sounds more like it was gifted than actually paid for and I highly doubt the record was made by anyone with a working pair of ears.
Given the creative turmoil she claimed to have endured for so many years, one would have thought Madrina would come up with a worthy song but instead, she released a lazy and silly record with little to no difference from the other pablum being churned out by top acts.