Sunday, May 4, 2008
Madonna is back...
Posted by Toh Jason Kian Teck at Sunday, May 04, 2008
Release date: 29 April 2008
Genre: Rock, Dance, Pop
Pretty major, probably, but she makes it work with this surprisingly rejuvenated set. Now 49, Madonna has spent the past decade unevenly exploring moody trip-hop, chilly Eurodisco, and ethereal electronica — all of which are absent here.
If you're looking for softness then this album is definitely not for you.
Candy finds her dropping her Kabbalah string on the dance floor and readopting an American accent to offer up an unpretentious, nonstop dance party. In tunes like ''Give It 2 Me,'' she's unabashedly reviving the celebrative spirit of early singles like ''Lucky Star'' and ''Holiday,'' filtering it through hip-hop's sonic boom.
''Catch me on the floor/Working up a sweat/That's what the music's for,'' she asserts in ''Heartbeat,'' coming soon to a Pilates class near you. In the most exciting club banger, the aforementioned ''Give It 2 Me,'' she threatens, ''When the lights go down and there's no one left, I can go on and on and on.''
Often willfully vapid, the lyrics offer candy as a metaphor for sex, sex as metaphor for dancing, and dancing as metaphor for world domination. In fact, there's so much perspiration-soaked determination that you may detect a slightly scary C+C Music Factory-meets-Ayn Rand vibe.
Anyway all in all, the whole album was never the best that Madonna could offer but then again, she is probably still sending the same message to her fans. My Rate for her: B-