Wow! What a tune 4 Minutes is. The prospect of Madonna working with Justin and Timbaland intruiged me from the moment i heard about it but i never expected the end result to be as slick, modern and cool as 4 Minutes is. It's everything we know and love about Madonna but mixed in with something new - as always she's re-invented herself again and come back with a new album ' Hard Candy', 4 Minutes serving as brilliant taster for it.
4 Minutes is based around an insanely catchy synth-brass hook pumped over Timbaland's usual thumping, almost tribal beats. Madonna and Justin's voices go really well together - two pop icons working together to deliver a true winner of a track. It's got an urban edge to it that if anything hints back to her early 90s work on Erotica and Bedtime Stories. with elements of Hip-Hop and R&B showing just how versatile Madonna is.
Rarely one to disapoint with remixes, Madonna also treats us to the awesome Bob Sinclar mix on this CD which packs a fierce bassline and some nice little funk stylings.
The Junkie XL mix if anything is even better, kicking off with an equally funky intro before going into a dreamy guitar and synth combo as the vocals start. It's relentless and just made for the dancefloor and proves Madonna hasn't lost any of the flair she showed off on Confessions. Masterful reworking of an already fantastic song.
(This is CD 2 of a 2 CD set - same covers but CD 2 has a white spine and CD 1 has a black spine)