Le nouvel album de Madonna "Hard Candy" sort en Europe aujourd'hui.
Le nouvel album de Madonna "Hard Candy" sort en Europe aujourd'hui.
Revue: "Hard Candy" par AP.
Music Review: Madonna's 'Hard Candy' aims for urban dance
By SOLVEJ SCHOU, Associated Press Writer
Madonna, "Hard Candy," (Warner Bros.)
Madonna may be a 49-year-old working mom pushing 50, but she still loves her dance floor, her catsuits and her pop hooks.
She's also an expert chameleon, co-opting current musical tastes for her own pleasure. In the case of "Hard Candy," her final studio album for Warner Bros. following a landmark deal with concert promoter Live Nation, Madonna aims high, enlisting two of music's heavyweight producers — Timbaland and the Neptunes.
The album jumps off the disco of 2005's "Confession on a Dancefloor" with thunderous, uptempo club grinds but also some surprisingly dark moments. The Neptunes — the production duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo — add retro-synth beats while Timbaland punches up the power R&B, along with Justin Timberlake and Nate (Danja) Hills.
Madonna co-wrote and co-produced the album's 12 tracks, which swerve from the psychedelic-horn blitz of the Timbaland-produced hit "4 Minutes" to the swooping drama of "Voices."
The album's sound is not original: After all, the Neptunes and Timbaland are arguably the most ubiquitous hitmakers in the business, and have done the urban dance pop treatment for the likes of Gwen Stefani and Nelly Furtado (Chad Hugo and Timbaland are even on the new Ashlee Simpson record — enough said). But while the tunes are not edgy, they still make your booty shake.
"My sugar is raw/ Sticky and sweet," Madonna intones on the Neptunes-produced intro "Candy Shop," fusing heavy beats with "Like A Virgin" coy sex appeal and a later falsetto reminiscent of Britney Spears.
"4 Minutes," one of the album's best tunes, explodes with Timbaland's repetition of "fricke-fricke-four minutes!" as Madonna and Timberlake exchange shout-outs. Their voices, oozed through thick production, complement each other nicely (although their sexual repartee can feel a bit forced).
On "Confessions on a Dancefloor," Madonna delved into her religious beliefs with a song about Kabbalah; on 2003's "American Life," she jumped into political commentary. Here, she steers clear of family, religion and politics, sticking to mainstream fodder: sex, dancing, relationships. But there are three tunes that shed the party vibe and reveal some necessary vulnerability.
"Miles Away" laments being far away from a love, while "Voices" focuses on demons plaguing a romance. "The Devil Wouldn't Recognize You," made theatric by an interlude of thunder and rain, recalls Timberlake's bitter hit "Cry Me A River" (produced by Timbaland). Touching on manipulation following a dead relationship, Madonna croons over a dark pop refrain, "I've been on that ledge before, you can't hide yourself from me."
However, there's still a tendency on "Hard Candy" toward too many throwaway dance cliches. "Get stupid, get stupid, don't stop," she proclaims teen-style on "Give It To Me," a catchy synth jam with sputtering riffs sure to be another single.
The lyrics pick up on anthem "She's Not Me." In feisty form, over funky bass and guitar lines and electro claps, Madonna let's her diva flag fly: "She started reading my books and stealing my looks and lingerie... she's not me and she never will be," she sings, slamming a gal trying to cop her style and take her man.
Disappointingly, "Beat Goes On," Madonna's outing with Kanye West, recedes into retro disco territory with a tired callout: "Get down, beep beep, gotta get up out of your seat." Yawn.
Still, the beats boom out loud and clear. Madonna may be strutting her way into AARP-teritory but she still belongs on that forever shimmering dance floor.
CHECK THIS TRACK OUT: Save for its overly dramatic "Phantom of the Opera" swell of violins, "Voices" closes out "Hard Candy" with a catchy yet philosophical slant. "Who is the master? Who
is the slave?" Timberlake trills to his Material Girl maestro. We wonder that too.
Revue: "Hard Candy" par blogcritics.
Music Review: Madonna- Hard Candy
Written by Angie Pardue
Published April 23, 2008
You would think that nothing more could be said of the Pop Queen who can do no wrong. But instead of growing more conservative with age, it seems Madonna only gets more adventurous.
Hard Candy, scheduled for release on April 29th, is Madonna’s latest and last studio album with the Warner label (fans still have a compilation to look forward to). The pop icon has continued to expertly cultivate her tough-but-feminine image here, both in appearance and in the music itself. It would be difficult to follow Confessions On A Dancefloor, but Hard Candy does not disappoint. With nearly every song proving to be a hit, this album will get more than it’s fair share of play on the dancefloor.
Almost all signs of her decade-plus love affair with disco are absent, making way for Latin and funk beats.
Infusing all 12 tracks of the album is a definite hip-hop pulse, which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering it’s produced by industry heavyweights Pharrell Williams and Timbaland. Also making an appearance on several songs is pop’s golden boy, Justin Timberlake.
Madonna has always had a strange relationship with the Spanish culture. Like "La Isla Bonita" before, “Spanish Lesson” just doesn’t work as it’s supposed to, and winds up being awkward. But “Beat Goes On” (featuring Kanye West) is classic Madonna, reminiscent of "Holiday", and destined to become a hit single.
You might also recognize the song “4 Minutes”, which was used in a Sunsilk hair product commercial that debuted during the Superbowl.
The bottom line is that Hard Candy is a diverse effort that is consistently good while still keeping a tight grip on it’s pop spirit. Sporting a very appropriate championship belt on the album cover, the Material Girl has proven once again that she’s at the top of her game.
"Hard Candy" confirme le flair de Madonna pour la musique... et les affaires.
by Paul Ricard
Thu Apr 24, 2:17 AM ET
PARIS (AFP) - Madonna takes music stores worldwide by storm in the next few days with a new hip hop-influenced album "Hard Candy", her last on the Warner label before taking up her astronomical contract with US concert promoter Live Nation.
The record hits shelves in Europe on Friday, the artist's native United States on April 29, and the rest of the world on April 28.
Announcing "Hard Candy", Madonna described the title as "a juxtaposition of tough and sweetness."
The oxymoron sums up her undeniable artistic flair on the sweet side and hard-nosed businesswoman's acumen on the other.
In her 11th studio album, Madonna, who turns 50 on August 16, shows both she can adapt to the times and get the right people on board.
After using Britain's Stuart Price for her last album, neo-disco "Confessions on a dance floor", this time round former N-Sync singer Justin Timberlake, as well as hip hop stars Timbaland and Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes, wrote and produced the 12 tracks.
All three are tops in hip hop and R'n'B urban music, and as producers Timbaland and Pharrell Williams have made one of the best sounds yet over the last few years.
The Material Girl's last album offers little surprises. Though the lyrics are run-of-the-mill, the tracks work due to remarkably good production and a contemporary feel marked by a Timbaland/Neptunes sound.
Her single "Four Minutes" this week set a record by topping the British singles charts as her 13th number one single -- the most by any female solo artist. The next closest female solo artist is Kylie Minogue, who has seven.
The clip, which features Justin Timberlake, was made by France's Jonas & Francois, who produced electro duo Justice's well-known "D.A.N.C.E."
Warner hopes "Hard Candy" will do as well as the 2005 "Confessions" which sold 8.5 million worldwide. To help the launch, Madonna is giving three private concerts, in New York on April 30, Paris on May 6 and London on May 11.
Her next studio records will be with Live Nation after a ground-breaking 120-million-dollar (78-million-euro) deal with the concert promoter to handle all her artistic output over 10 years.
The deal, the first of its kind involving a major artist, is expected to see the 49-year-old pop culture icon cement her status as the world's highest paid female singer, giving her a lucrative mix of cash and stock.
In return, Live Nation will be granted the rights to studio albums as well as the right to promote concert tours, sell merchandise and license Madonna's name.
Traditional record labels are keen to sign stars on similar deals as the music industry adjusts to the new realities of the digital download revolution, which has caused plunging CD sales.
Increasingly, music industry players are seeking to secure wide-ranging deals that allow them to tap into multiple revenue streams, such as endorsements, concert ticketing and merchandising.
"The paradigm in the music business has shifted and as an artist and a business woman, I have to move with that shift," Madonna said last October when the deal ws announced.
"For the first time in my career, the way that my music can reach my fans is unlimited. I've never wanted to think in a limited way and with this new partnership, the possibilities are endless."
Revue: "Hard Candy" par The Observer.
Madonna, Hard Candy
Thanks to her henchmen, writes Ben Thompson, the shameless idol still has much to give
Sunday April 20, 2008
Hidden away at the end of Madonna's oft-derided 1992 album Erotica is a song called 'Secret Garden'.
Recorded before she'd popped out Lourdes, at a time when the wolves of artistic exhaustion and media overkill seemed to be snapping at her heels, it's a strikingly introspective and personal piece of work, which now has a prophetic lustre. While its lyrics map out previously uncharted emotional terrain, the musical backdrop prefigures the extent to which the best records Madonna was going to make in the coming decade and a half - 'Ray of Light', 'Music' and 'Hung Up', to name but three - would exceed the expectations anyone (even pop's iron lady herself) had a right to have of them.
At around the same time that she was penning this blueprint for the next phase of her career, Timbaland and Pharrell Williams were bandmates in their impeccably named high-school ensemble Surrounded by Idiots.
Given how ludicrously high a proportion of the past 10 years' finest hip hop and R&B artefacts have had one of these two men's names on them, there is a riveting historic inevitability about the idea of their irresistible forces colliding with Madonna's immovable object, just in time for her 50th birthday. The big question is, can the music these three have made together match or even surpass Madonna's collaborations with Jellybean Benitez, William Orbit or Stuart Price? The answer turns out to be a resounding 'yes' and 'no'.
As its title suggests, Hard Candy is a tough, nuggety confection offering plenty for listeners to get their teeth into. But from 'Candy Shop"s routinely lascivious opening (memo from 50 Cent: 'Can I have my song back?') to the cod-symphonic quasi-closure of 'Devil Wouldn't Recognize You', the lion's share of this album constitutes a foil-fresh selection-box of variations on familiar themes. Even as Timbaland's trademark dense, booming clatter kick-starts the first single '4 Minutes', it's hard to escape the sense that all concerned are going through the motions - effortlessly, sometimes brilliantly - but going through the motions, none the less.
Whenever Hard Candy threatens to get boring, something always happens to recapture your interest, but the three songs in which Madonna actually seems to forge a genuine connection with her musical helpmeet leave the rest of the album in the shade. Each panel of this triptych involves Pharrell Williams. This partnership got off to a bad start with last year's grisly Live Earth dirge 'Hey You', but in the course of 'She's Not Me''s blissfully heartfelt six minutes, it really hits its stride. 'She's not me/ She doesn't have my name,' Madonna reminds a partner who dares to look elsewhere, over a thrillingly off-kilter hurly-burly of whistles, handclaps and partially muted fade-outs. 'Incredible' picks up the disco-fundamentalist baton and flies with it into an enchanted cloudscape of Eighties pop candyfloss, where the sun simultaneously orbits around Debbie Gibson and OMD. Then 'Spanish Lessons' adopts a delightfully schoolmistressy tone which ultimately ends up being considerably less patronising than 'La Isla Bonita'.
Listening to these three fantastic songs and then looking at the gynaecological cover shot, which - for all the self-consciously modern trappings of Hard Candy's coming into the world (pre-portioned up into Silvikrin adverts, mobile phone perks and Japanese TV theme tunes) - leaves people no choice but to describe this album as Madonna's 'latest waxing', the fulcrum of the delicate balance between her public and private selves is suddenly discernible. That photo's not a gross miscalculation; it's the picture of Dorian Gray in reverse.
· Download: 'She's Not Me'; 'Incredible'; 'Spanish Lessons'.
Source: The Observer.
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Revue: "Hard Candy" de Madonna par Rolling Stone.
Madonna - "Hard Candy" - 2008
Rolling Stone: 4 of 5 Stars
Average User Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Dominance isn't just a fetish for Madonna, it's her religion. It's no accident that she opened each show on 2005's Confessions on a Dance Floor tour by clenching a riding crop in her hand, jerking a gagged male dancer around by a leather leash. And she never puts down the whip: Since 1986's True Blue, Madonna has claimed writing or production credits on every one of her songs, even when she worked with dance-music artists such as William Orbit, Mirwais Ahmadzaï and Stuart Price. So it's surprising that her eleventh studio album — her final one for longtime label Warner Bros. — is an act of submission. For Hard Candy, Madonna's midlife meditation on her own relevance, she lets top-shelf producers make her their plaything.
A songwriting team of American chart royalty helps Madonna revisit her roots as an urban-disco queen.
Madonna isn't even the star on the first single, "4 Minutes": Timbaland and Nate "Danja" Hills provide a clanging whopper of a beat, and her vocal bobs alongside Justin Timberlake's, fighting not to drown in the brassy funk of a marching band. Timberlake is the album's melody doctor, and he steals from his own broody "What Goes Around . . . Comes Around" on Madonna's "Devil Wouldn't Recognize You." Madonna co-wrote but didn't co-produce the Timberlake-Timbaland team's five songs, which smack more of their creators' stamps than her own. The songs are solid, but slightly anonymous, as though they could be stripped down and peddled to other singers.
The creative tension between Madonna and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams crackles. Williams bangs on paint cans to generate the beat on the innuendo-laden opener, "Candy Shop", and pumps up the thumpy self-empowerment anthem "Give It 2 Me" with clubby synths that trumpet one of Madonna's favorite life-dance-sex metaphors: "Don't stop me now, don't need to catch my breath/I can go on and on." "Heartbeat" pulses like "Lucky Star," and the soulful "Beat Goes On" (which features an uninspired Kanye West cameo) is one of a handful of tracks with bells and whistles — the classic disco "toot-toot, beep-beep" — traceable to two of Madonna's touchstones: Chic, whose Nile Rodgers helped steer her early career, and Donna Summer.
Like Confessions, Hard Candy celebrates dance as salvation, but even the euphorically groovy "Heartbeat" and "Dance 2night" strike wistful notes. Although the uptempo set features no ballads, the dominant lyrical themes — regret, yearning, distrust — are far from upbeat. Morphing from a syncopated shuffle into a lathery, orgasmic hysteria, Pharrell's "Incredible" is a challenging song about longing for a relationship's idyllic beginning. There's a melancholy pining in Timbaland-Timberlake's lush "Miles Away," which implies that all is not peachy in the house of Richie. "You always have the biggest heart when we're 6,000 miles apart," Madonna sings. International pop megastars — they're just like us!
The album's weakest moment is its most emotionally vapid. Madonna dips into Español for the painfully literal "Spanish Lesson." She has said the music was inspired by a Baltimore dance called the Percolator but seems more indebted to Timberlakeís fast-strummed "Like I Love You." Fortunately, there's also the bass-popping retro-boogie "She's Not Me," where Madonna imagines her lovers feeling buyers' remorse for being seduced by a copycat who "doesn't have my name." The offender who's "reading my books and stealing my looks and lingerie" could be any young pop starlet. But it also seems like an oddly timed barb at Madonna's now-fallen successor, Britney Spears, who has teamed up with many of the guys on Hard Candy — Pharrell, Danja and (ahem) Timberlake — and Madonna herself.
Madonna can still scoff at wanna-be's half her age because she's stayed so flexible with her sound. (She's performed a similar feat with her body, devoting herself to a yoga regimen that's made her impossibly elastic — name another near-fifty-year-old who can still rock a hot crotch shot on her album cover.) Even when she wrestles with Pharrell's abrupt stylistic changes or lets herself get absorbed in a Timberlake melody, Madonna still finds her way back on top. The atmospheric closing track, "Voices," poses the question "Who is the master, who is the slave?" before its operatic wind-down ends in a dramatic bell toll. The answer to both questions is still Madonna.
Source: Rolling Stone, Caryn Ganz.
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La liste des morceaux de "Hard Candy" de Vodafone avec un remix exclusif de Timbaland de "4
21/04/08 Candy Shop
22/04/08 Miles Away
23/04/08 Give It 2 Me
25/04/08 Beat Goes On
27/04/08 She's Not Me
Revue: "Hard Candy" de Madonna par The Independent.
Album: Madonna, Hard Candy (Warner Brothers)
Reviewed by Andy Gill
Friday, 11 April 2008
Hard Candy: we're supposed to read the title as a self-congratulatory pun on Madonna herself, a sweet soft centre in a crisp hardbody shell; but there's another, more telling pun here, reflecting how a once diverse talent has ossified into simply satisfying the sweet tooth of functional dance-pop.
Why else would she turn to off-the-peg hit-machines The Neptunes, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, after such success with more adventurous producers like Mirwais, William Orbit and Stuart Price? There are a few ear-catching moments – a flamenco guitar flourish, a Twin Peaks-flavoured synth pad, a section of chiming bells – but they're only tantalising glimpses of a world beyond the perfunctory duties suggested by titles like "Dance 2night" and "Beat Goes On".
The album's ultimately saved by its most ambitious offerings: the Mardi Gras marching-band bumping rumbustiously along in "4 Minutes", and "Devil Wouldn't Recognise You", which contains a glorious Beach Boys-style harmony cascade and the most intriguing melody on the disc, full of the enticing shadows and mystery absent in the other glitterball disco-stompers.
Pick of the album: 'Devil Wouldn't Recognise You', '4 Minutes', 'Give It 2 Me'.
Chopard annonce une deuxième collaboration avec Madonna pour son nouvel album.
Published: 04/04/2008 20:17:00
Chopard has announced a second collaboration with the undisputed Queen of Pop, Madonna, for her new album, Hard
Candy, due to hit the stores on April 28. The album cover will feature Madonna showing off the “M-dolla” knuckle ring while in a provocative pose and
donning a WWE-like wrestling title belt at the waist with a huge letter M.
Chopard Co-President Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele designed the ring exclusively for the pop legend. Madonna’s hip-hop pseudonym “M-dolla” is outlined in 258 brilliant cut white diamonds, incorporating a Chopard signature mobile diamond in the design of the letter M.
Madonna is also pictured on the album cover wearing a Chopard-designed diamond encrusted gold cross from the Happy Diamonds collection. The Swiss luxury jeweller previously teamed up with the Material Girl to design the pave diamond “Hung Up” necklace for her 2005 Confessions On A Dance Floor album.
Revue: "Hard Candy" de Madonna par la radio de Londres 'Capital 95.8'.
First Listen: Madonna - Hard Candy
This afternoon we went to a brilliantly decorated room in East London to hear the new Madonna album while sipping champagne & eating jelly beans. Sounds good huh? Well it was! Anyone fearing a full on urban attack - don't worry. 'Hard Candy' is full of long disco pop songs - it just has some heavy beats! Here's our track by track rundown:
1. Candy Shop: Here we go! Madonna wants to be our '1-stop candy shop - your lollipop'. Yum! This is produced by The Neptunes and is filled with bleeps and swirls. It ends with a 'sticky but sweet' rap by Pharrell.
2. Four Minutes To Save The World: You all know this one!
3. Give It To me: Not a Furtado/Timbo cover but a Pharrell track that's going to be the 2nd single. Let us tell you now - it's mindblowingly amazing. There's cowbells, twinkles and a funny vocoder you might have heard on 'Music'. Think old school pop Madonna but fired up at 300 mph. There's a funky break near the end where Madonna shouts 'don't stop!', the music stops and a male voice sings 'left to the right'
4. Heartbeat: 'Probably the 3rd single', Heartbeat has a synthy 80s sounding intro. Madge tells us that 'when I dance I feel free!'. There's something about the melody when she sings 'you know I feel it in my Heartbeat' that's really cute!.
5. Miles Away: This starts deceptively with guitar that reminds us of 'Don't Tell Me'. Is it going to be a ballad? Course not silly! 5 seconds in and here comes a pounding bassline. 'I just woke up from a fuzzy dream, you won't believe the things I've seen.' This is the first song that doesn't hold our attention all the way but it's got a dreamy ending.
6. She's Not Me: It starts with 4 claps and then all hell breaks loose. This is the tale of a jilted lover and has about 7 different elements. It sounds kind of like a sequel to 'Deeper and Deeper' with the passion, the fastness and the twirls. Totally hypnotic - it's a Timberlake/land production but it could come straight from the disco house of Nile Rodgers. Oh and it would mix into Anita Ward's 'Ring My Bell' perfectly. Also it's REALLY LONG.
7. Incredible: The slowest track so far, but it's full of strange noises. It's kind of what 'Cherish' might sound like if it was looped and scratched up by a DJ. A sweet solo piano maintains the sweetness under the nasty dirty bass that's everywhere else, but that bass is totally needed to stop it being smaltzy. It ends with a drum breakdown, that we're sure wil be replaced with a beatboxer on tour, and lots of sexy 'OOH's.
8. Beat Goes On: Featuring Mr Kanye West, this is a full on party disco song. 'On and on, the beat goes - you don't have the luxury of time - say what's on your mind'. It has a 'BEEP BEEP' bit that totally reminds us of Donna Summer "Bad Girl" (youtube it - it's awesome!). Then there's some dreamy sounding chords and up pops Kanye for a rap with some 'Like A Prayer' HEY!s going on underneath him.
9. Dance 2night: Not a Paul McCartney cover! This is a bit downbeat sounding, but it's still not a ballad. It's just a bit dark. Wise ol' Madonna tells us all that 'You don't have to be beautiful to be understood. You don't have to be rich & famous to be good'.
10. Spanish Lessons: She's always loved throwing a bit of Spanish into her songs and now here's a full on Spanish assault! Think matador trumpets and bullfighting. Plus learn her language and you might get lucky - "You're so loco & you drive me crazy. If you do your homework maybe I will give it up"
11. Devil Wouldn't Recognize You: The 2nd best song on the album, this is 'Cry Me A River' 5 years later, and sung by Madonna. It's got a gorgeous sad, synth opener which is suddenly compounded by hynotizing bleeps. Queen Madge sings 'Over and over you're pushing me onto the floor and I keep coming back for more'. It's still not a ballad though. Hooray!
12. Voices: And we're at the end. Boo hoo. It's a creepy sounding ending though and it's almost as if a song off 'Erotica' has been brought up to date with lyrics like 'Who is the master, who is the slave' and 'Are you walking the dog or is that dog walking you'.
So there we have it. Course when we listen to it all again we'll probably completely change our mind about our favourite tracks!
As massive Madonna fans we're very happy that she hasn't gone off the rails as feared. It's simply a Madonna pop album for 2008 which starts out having a full on party and ends in that dark corner Ms Ciccone knows so well.
Are you excited?
Revue: "Hard Candy" de Madonna par BBC News.
Review: Madonna's Hard Candy
Last updated at 11:46 GMT, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 12:46 UK
By Mark Savage
Entertainment reporter, BBC News
Hard Candy is Madonna's first studio album since 2005.
On Madonna's 11th album, Hard Candy, the queen of pop invites us to imagine her as a confectioner running a musical sweet shop.
But, after sitting through the 12 tracks on offer here, you'll begin to wish she'd stocked more than two varieties of candy.
Those flavours come from two of America's most bankable songwriting teams: The Neptunes and Timbaland, who between them have conjured up hits for the likes of Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Missy Elliot and Justin Timberlake.
Timberlake himself crops up on five of the tracks, posing a particularly pertinent question about who is running the show when he asks "Who is the master? Who is the slave?" as the album closes.
This sort of top flight production is an unusual step for Madonna, who has a reputation for seeking out relatively obscure dance producers like Mirwais, Shep Pettibone and Stuart Price to helm her albums.
This time round, however, the queen of reinvention is trying to win back the hearts of the US audience - who were largely unimpressed with her 2005 love letter to disco, Confessions On A Dancefloor.
It all starts off well enough. Opening track Candy Shop is an agenda-setting call to arms, with Madonna promising a "special connection" and "plenty of heat".
The minimal, skittering drums are punctured by colossal stabs of synth, while Madonna purrs weak sweet shop-related innuendos: "Don't pretend you're not hungry, there's plenty to eat... I got Turkish Delights."
You get the picture.
Things step up a gear with the Justin Timberlake collaboration 4 Minutes, which features the best use of cowbell in pop since Free's All Right Now, but sounds so futuristic it could realistically have been beamed in from the end of the world.
Lyrically, the album plays it safe. Madonna may have been inspired to make a documentary about the Aids epidemic in Africa when she adopted two-year-old Malawian orphan David Banda, but you would be hard pressed to find any social commentary in her music.
The main themes are love, revenge, sex and music - subjects on which Madonna surely has very little left to say at this stage in her career.
She even repeats herself, echoing Into The Groove when she sings "Don't you know, can't you see? When I dance I feel free" on Heartbeat.
Then again, Madonna has always been at her best when extolling the virtues of music as a release, and it is on Hard Candy's club-orientated tracks that she excels.
She's Not Me, a Neptunes production, feels like a five-minute musical summary of her career to date.
It kicks off with Chic-esque guitars that are reminiscent of Holiday before morphing into a pulsing club groove that could have been lifted straight from her last album.
Track three, Give It To Me, is already pencilled in as the album's second single. It is one of the record's few out-and-out pop moments, featuring a cute, bouncy beat and a sense of humour that has been missing from Madonna's music since her Dick Tracy days.
"If it's against the law, arrest me, if you can handle it, undress me," she chirps as the song builds to a blistering crescendo that will surely be the highlight of any future live set.
But the song also showcases the fatal flaw in Madonna's battle plan. A middle section where she chants "get stupid, get stupid" instantly brings to mind The Neptunes' other female muse, Gwen Stefani.
Similarly, Timbaland's tracks are frequently reminiscent of his (superior) work with Nelly Furtado.
Madonna, a notoriously hard task master (she gave Justin Timberlake a vitamin shot when he appeared to be flagging during recording sessions) seems to have been unable to tame the idiosyncrasies of her omnipresent hitmakers.
Over and over again, she subsumes her pop sensibilities to their arsenal of clattering beats, hollered raps and over-fussy production.
On a ballad like Incredible, the overbearing din of an inexplicable electric guitar completely spoils an otherwise beautiful and delicate melody. It's almost like they threw everything at the wall to see what would stick, without realising it was a very sticky wall.
And that's a real shame because, if a handful of the tracks had been delivered to more producers with a touch more subtlety, Hard Candy could have ranked alongside Madonna's best.
As it stands, however, the album is more akin to Madonna's last attempt to harness the urban market, 1994's underwhelming Bedtime Stories.
Hard Candy by Madonna is released across Europe on 28 April and in the US a day later.
Revue: "Hard Candy" de Madonna par Dean Piper.
Madonna’s Hard and Delicious Candy: My review….
Hard Candy drops on April 28th but I have already been fortunate to have a sneak listen to the record at an exclusive playback in London today. A handful of journos piled into 3 Rooms in Shoreditch to hear it.
The decor was totally fab - giant candy emblazoned with Madge pictures and a lovely little goddie bag featuring all M’s latest pictorials.
So the album. Overall it’s easily as good as Confessions…..if not better. It’s a dancefloor filler from start to finish. At times I’d say there’s a bit too much going on with some of the tracks but it’s a fun album that I reckon could exceed the last album in global success. I only had one little listen but here’s my initial thoughts on the album! And a picture of me and my Madonna branded lolly! I got a D for….Dean! Ha ha.
1. Candy Shop - “Come into my store, we got candy galore,” Madge purrs. It’s a little less frantic as 4 Minutes but a good single if it were to be released - definitely catchy.
2. 4 Minutes - A killer tune that we already know and love.
3. Give it 2 Me - She’s just filmed the video for this track, the second single. It starts off with an Abba twinge and it’s almost circusy. It gets almost techno and rave style towards the end and there’s some enjoyable heavy mechanical voice work towards the end. It’s a definite radio hit.
4. Heartbeat - starts off with the sound of a beating heart. This track sticks in your head - it feels like an ace track from the Bedtime Stories era.
5. Miles Away - An acoustic guitar starts at the beginning. It’s vocally very Madonna and possibly a little Ray Of Lightish! It’s all over the internet on You Tube if you fancy a listen…..
6. She’s Not Me - This song feels very personal - is she yelling and screeching at hubby Guy’s ex Tania Strecker (who Madonna pushed out the way to get Guy) when she squeals: “She’s not me and she never will be!” There’s anger and it’s great.
7. Incredible - It’s very happy as a record. Has a furious ending that goes on and on. It’s fairly dark and gets very NERD-ish towards the end.
8. Beat Goes On - Disco number and very fun. It’s electro with a hip hop edge and has a great orchestral bit. One of my favourite tracks.
9. Dance Tonight - It feels like the ‘Forbidden Love’ track of the album. It’s smooth and sexier than most tracks on the album. Dancy towards the end and feels like proper old school Madge.
10. Spanish Lessons - The gypsy guitar is out and proud. I wanted to walk around the room click my fingers and slamming my feet on the floor.
11. Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You - I really wanted to listen to this one again big time! Stand out track for me - that’s what I wrote down but I was mingling around at the time and have memory loss annoyingly!
12. Voices - “Who is the master and who is the slave,” Madge asks. It’s dramatic with strings and slightly more laid back and chilled. A good end to a fab new album.
People.com a écouté en avant-première Hard Candy de Madonna.
By Brian Orloff and Aaron Parsley
Originally posted Saturday April 05, 2008 11:55 PM EDT
"Workin' up a sweat/ that's what music's for," Madonna sings on "Heartbeat," the pumped-up fourth song on Hard Candy, her latest album, due April 29. Indeed, the pop diva makes good on her promise – singing her way through an hour of Euro-flavored dance tracks infused with retro, house beats. PEOPLE.com took an advanced listen – and can reveal five fast facts about Madonna's latest.
• On "Spanish Lesson," produced by the Neptunes, Madonna does, in fact, go bilingual, offering liberal translations of phrases like, "Entiendo," which she says means, "I get it," over a funked-up flemenco guitar riff. (Literal translation: "I understand.")
• Kanye West offers a fast-paced rap on "Beat Goes On," the eighth track, breathlessly rapping, "I think I'm going to try something new."
• The singer indulges her choral side on the album-closer "Voices," which features production by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Nate "Danjahandz" Hills. The song builds to a dark, cinematic crescendo, as the album closes with one lone tone.
• Madonna sings, "You always have the biggest heart/ though we're 6,000 miles apart," on "Miles Away," a direct allusion to living and working far away from hubby Guy Richie.
• Madonna really wants you to dance: Two songs – opening track "Candy Store" and "Beat Goes On" – feature overt calls to action. "Gotta get up off your seat," she
sings on the latter, bolstered by the Neptunes's production and West's rapping.
Two versions of Madonna's "Hard Candy" are available to pre-order on most iTunes stores from today.
- Bonus track: "Ring My Bell" (Exclusive pre-order)
- Digital booklet
"Hard Candy - Deluxe Version":
- includes 2 remixes of "4 Minutes"
- Secret Bonus (Remix)
- Bonus Track: "Ring My Bell" (Exclusive pre-order)
- Digital booklet
"Hard Candy" disponible en pré-achat sur iTunes.
Deus versions de "Hard Candy" de Madonna sont disponibles en pré-commande sur la plupart des iTunes à partir d'aujourd'hui.
- Bonus track: "Ring My Bell" (Exclusif en pré-achat)
- Digital booklet
"Hard Candy - Deluxe Version":
- 2 remixes de "4 Minutes" inclus
- Secret Bonus (Remix)
- Bonus Track: "Ring My Bell" (Exclusif en pré-achat)
- Digital booklet
The French group of mobile phones SFR is not part of operators of the group
Vodafone who will offer from April 21st to their customers the possibility to download in preview seven titles from Madonna's new album "Hard
Candy", clarified on Wednesday Vodafone.
Are concerned: UK, Greece, India, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Rumania, Hungary and Belgium.
Madonna ne chantera pas sur les téléphones SFR.
Le groupe de téléphonie mobile français SFR ne fait pas partie des opérateurs du groupe
Vodafone qui offriront à partir du 21 avril à leur clientèle la possibilité de
télécharger en avant-première sept titres du nouvel album de Madonna "Hard
Candy", a précisé mercredi Vodafone.
Mardi, le géant britannique de la téléphonie mobile, qui a plus de 250 millions de clients dans le monde, avait annoncé que sept des douze titres du nouvel album de Madonna, "Hard Candy", qui sortira à partir du 28 avril, seraient disponibles progressivement dès le 21 avril pour "ses clients dans le monde", via le service Vodafone Live!
Cette annonce avait été faite en association avec Warner Music et la chanteuse elle-même.
Sont concernés en fait les clients au Royaume-Uni, en Grèce, en Inde, en Italie, en Afrique du Sud, en Espagne, en Turquie, au Portugal, en Roumanie, en Hongrie et en Belgique, a détaillé Vodafone mercredi.
Source: Jean-Marc Morandini.
world entertainment news - Thursday, March 20 07:15 am
Madonna will break records when she becomes the first major artist to release an album via mobile phone, prior to its store release next
The pop superstar has announced plans to allow Vodafone customers in Europe to download her new album, Hard Candy, to their phones a week before the CD hits stores on 28 April.
Madonna will release one song per day to Vodafone users.
It's not the first time the singer has offered phone users the chance to download her music early - she released her disco hit Hung Up as a ringtone in 2006, a month before the traditional release of the song.
Madonna sort un album pour les utilisateurs de téléphones.
Madonna va casser des records quand elle va devenir la première artiste majeure à sortir un album via le
téléphone portable, avant sa sortie en magasin le mois suivant.
La superstar de la pop a annoncé des plans pour permettre aux clients de Vodafone en Europe de télécharger son nouvel album, Hard Candy, sur leurs téléphones une semaine avant que le CD ne soit en magasins le 28 avril.
Madonna sortira une chanson par jour pour les utilisateurs de Vodafone.
Ce n'est pas la première fois que la chanteuse a offert aux utilisateurs de téléphone la chance de télécharger sa musique plus tôt - elle a sorti son succès Hung Up en sonnerie en 2006, un mois avant la sortie traditionnelle de la chanson.
Vodafone, Warner Music International and Madonna Announce Global Mobile Launch of 'Hard Candy' in New Deal
18 March 2008
Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile operator by revenue, and Warner Music International (WMI) have completed an agreement allowing new music and mobile content from Madonna’s highly
anticipated new “Hard Candy” album to be distributed and promoted exclusively to Vodafone customers around the world, prior to the April 28th global release of Madonna’s 11th studio
album for Warner Bros. Records.
Starting on April 21st, a total of seven tracks from “Hard Candy”, with songs by the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and video visionary, will be released at a rate of one a day counting down the week before the album is available. Each track will remain live for 24 hours for download before being replaced by the next one.
In addition, Vodafone customers in selected markets including Spain, Portugal, Germany and Belgium will get exclusive mobile access to the newly released single “4 Minutes”, effective immediately.
As part of this unique music experience, Vodafone customers in all participating territories will have access to Madonna’s mini site on Vodafone live! which will include one week of exclusive, associated mobile content, including ringtones, ringback tones and SMS tones.
“As the number one digital music service provider in the mobile telecommunications industry in Europe, Vodafone has revolutionised the way people experience music on their mobiles and the collaboration with Warner Music builds on this heritage,” said Frank Rovekamp, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone Group. “Through our unique insight into what our customers want and how they prefer to listen to music this is yet another example of delivering superior music experience to customers.”
John Reid, Vice Chairman WMI and President, Warner Music Europe, said, “We are delighted to be able to debut such a rich menu of content from ‘Hard Candy’ through Vodafone live! This is an innovative way to reach millions of Madonna fans around the world, building anticipation and excitement around this landmark release and helping to create a real event for Vodafone customers.”
Vodafone is the number one digital music service provider in the mobile telecommunications industry in Europe and number two digital music service provider overall in Europe. Leading the mobile music industry the company uses music to build the Vodafone brand and awareness of products and services across its 250 million+ customer base globally.
Madonna, the multi-Grammy-award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, cultural icon, world renowned stage performer, video visionary, children's book author, director and documentary film maker has sold over 200 million albums in the course of her unprecedented two decade plus career and has just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Vodafone is the world's leading international mobile communications group with over 252 million proportionate customers as at 31st December 2007. Vodafone currently has equity interests in 25 countries across five continents and a further 40 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.com.
Les clients de Vodafone peuvent avoir 7 morceaux de "Hard Candy" de Madonna une semaine avant!
Commençant le 21 avril, un total de sept morceaux de "Hard Candy" sortiront à un rythme de un par jour déclenchant le compte à rebours la semaine avant que l'album ne soit disponible. Chaque morceau restera disponible pendant 24 heures en téléchargement avant d'être remplacé par le suivant.
John Reid, le Vice-président WMI et le Président, Warner Music Europe, a dit, "Nous sommes enchantés d'être capables de débuter un menu si riche de contenu de "Hard Candy" par Vodafone en direct! C'est une façon innovante d'atteindre des millions de fans Madonna dans le monde entier, construisant l'attente et l'excitation autour de cette sortie de référence et aidant pour créer un réel événement pour des clients de Vodafone."