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Life Can Still Be Sweet At 50,
This review is from: Hard Candy (Audio CD)
Mrs Ciccone-Ritchie I salute you !
I can think of no better way of showing my appreciation
than dedicating this, my 50th review, to you in the year
of your (fast approaching) 50th birthday.
It's good to see from your cover photo that there are no
clear signs of your having begun to let yourself go just yet.
Your libido appears to continue to manifest itself in full working order
and all would indeed seem to be trimmed and tidy down below.
A strapping lass no more no less with a heavyweight
hardcore trophy belt to prove it.
Can it really be 25 years since the release of your first album?
Celebrity musical friends and producers aside 'Hard Candy' seems to be less a reinvention
this time around than it is a refinement, a distilation and a concentration of those
essential traits which have continued to endear you to us over the past QUARTER OF A CENTURY.
The album is saturated with a sinuous nervous energy.
Muscular rhythms, skittering febrile synthesiser interventions
and a commendable integration of accoustic and electronic elements.
And within it and above it all THE VOICE. Familiar as an old friend and
despite it's technical limitations a voice which has NEVER sounded better.
The material is strong. The melodies memorable and often strangely affecting.
We have some of the best songs in the lady's long career here.
'Incredible' is just that; 'Miles Away' a close second.
'She's Not Me' a delicious slice of who-can-she-be-referring-to(?) uber-disco;
'Beat Goes On' keeps the mirror-ball turning with a cute
over-the-shoulder 80's wink and Mr West's splendid rapterlude.
Misters Timbaland and Timberlake deport themselves well in '4 Minutes'
in cool anthemic style; the pared down ska(ish) rhythms
of 'Give It To Me' another good-humoured invitation to dance.
'Heartbeat' perhaps for me the shining jewel in 'Hard Candy's' crown.
Crikey it's all top drawer stuff !
A renaissance of a kind and a celebration of single-minded persistence.
Your Madgesty you can be well proud of this one !
Big Up For Your Birthday !