ISSUE #8 FEB 06

Bob

Madonna
"Confessions On A Dancefloor"

Confessions On A Dancefloor reviewer: Bob
rating: 4 out of 5
published by: Maverick
released: 14th November 2005
  1. Hung Up
  2. Get Together
  3. Sorry
  4. Future Lovers
  5. I Love New York
  6. Let It Will Be
  7. Forbidden Love
  8. Jump
  9. How High
  10. Isaac
  11. Push
  12. Like It Or Not

With all the talk of the Kabalah; falling off horses; marrying a famous director of increasingly crap movies; and writing children’s books it's easy to forget why Madonna was ever famous. But despite the lacklustre performance of her last album, American Life, she is still the reigning Queen of Pop. Her commanding performance at Live 8 showed us that the Mariahs and Britneys of this world still have some catching up to do.

Never one to back down from a challenge her latest offering, Confessions On A Dancefloor, comes out fighting from the start. It kicks off with lead single ‘Hung Up’ which includes an Abba sample but performs the deft trick of making the sample its own (in a similar fashion to Kanye West's ‘Diamonds from Sierra Leone ). It’s a storming track, and on the album the intro is mixed so that it actually sounds like you’re going down the steps to some dark after hours club - as you open the door the full force of the bass line hits you. It’s a great reminder that Madonna means business. The album is mixed like a DJ set with no breaks between tracks and no ballads, and the pace never really lets up.

Highlights include ‘Sorry’, a thumping anthem in which Madge instructs an unfaithful lover to not even bother making excuses; ‘Future Lovers’ would have happily sat on the Ray of Light album and ‘Push’ with its pulsating verses and hint of Eastern promise. However, ‘I Love New York’ sounds forced seeing as we all know she lives in Blighty now and ‘Isaac’ with its religious overtones and mystic chanting would be no loss had it been left off.

Confessions is probably her most commercial album since True Blue and in lesser hands it could sound contrived. Yet, crucially, Madonna is not only still the Queen of Pop she’s still interested in making complete albums rather than singles and filler that seems to suffice for a lot of the wannabes who’d like to fill her shoes.

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