Destined to be one of the records of the year, Confessions On A Dance Floor
is the eagerly anticipated new album from Madonna. Effortlessly addictive and relentlessly energetic, Madonna reinvents dance music once again with 12 stunning new tracks under the realm of future disco all seamlessly segued in a classic dance club format.
Recorded in London, Confessions On A Dance Floor was primarily written and produced by Madonna and Stuart Price - the British musical director behind 2002s "Drowned World" and last summers "Reinvention" tour.
While Madonnas music is often both ethereal and political, Confessions On A Dance Floor is sheer, absolute discotheque. "I want people to jump out of their seats," she says. "My record is about having a good time straight through and non-stop."
"This is music that just comes very naturally to her," says Grammy Award-winning Price. "The songs flowed very quickly. Madonna was very interested in capturing the moment because, when all is said and done, its that instinctive joy of rhythm and movement that comes across best on the dance floor." Madonna and Stuart Price co-produced the album together with contributions from Henrik Jonback and the Grammy Award-winning team Bloodshy & Avant. Mirwais Ahmadzai, who produced Madonnas last two albums American Life and Music, has co-written two new songs and co-produced one track. Other collaborators include Anders Bagge and Peer Astrom of the Murlyn Music Collective and Jo Henry whose previous credits include "Dont Tell Me".
You probably already know the first single "Hung Up". The album is in a similar vein; full-on dance, dark, disco, fun, big. At first it's a shock: where is the re-born English Lady? It's been an age since we listened to this kind of Madonna. Think "Vogue", "Deeper & Deeper" and "Ray of Light", instead of "Don't Tell Me" or "Nothing Fails".
The album's closest relative in its overall sound is Erotica, during its Shep Pettibone produced club driven moments. It's also destined to be loved way more than 2003's chilly American Life, an all-time sales low for Madonna. Highlights here include the lethally catchy "Sorry", "Jump", "How High", "Push", and "Like it Or Not". The word 'dork' in I "Love New York" is awkward, and "Isaac" is Shanti, 2005-style. However, this is the most commercial album Madonna has made in 15 years and it's magic. --Alan Braidwood
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