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Music Review: Madonna returns to the dance floor

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Madonna’s latest album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor” returns the queen of dance to her roots with a great dance CD.

In comparison to Madonna’s last release “American Life,” “Confessions on a Dance Floor” is expected to do well in sales.

The 12-track CD is filled with various dance and electronic beats that will have you wanting to go to a club and to let yourself go. The tracks are without a doubt meant to be played at a dance pop club.

“Confessions on a Dance Floor” is composed more of dance beats than pop. This CD seems to be a combination of Madonna’s “Ray of Light” and “Music” CDs, in terms of the music and lyrics. Fans who enjoyed those CDs will find “Confessions on a Dance Floor” to be a great comeback to the dance floor for Madonna.

On most of the tracks, her vocals are smooth and gentle: a great combination of texture with the electronic/dance beats.

The CD includes the first single, “Hung Up,” which is a great pop song with a touch of dance beats. The single even samples a beat from ABBA’s song “Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight).”

Even though Madonna is known for re-inventing her image, she is still the same opinionated person who isn’t afraid to express her thoughts. The single “Get Together” talks about love and how it can be an illusion with lyrics reading: “Do you believe in love at first sight?/ It’s an illusion, I don’t care/ Do you believe I can make you feel better?/ Too much confusion, come on over here.”

Madonna also includes some spirituality in her latest album with the single “Isaac” which includes lyrics sung in a Middle Eastern sounding tongue.

The most interesting single on her latest CD is “I Love New York.” The song is dedicated to the Big Apple, which is known to be Madonna’s favorite city to visit.

“I Love New York” includes such vivid lyrics as: “I don’t like cities, but I like New York/Other places make me feel like a dork/Los Angeles is for people who sleep/Paris and London, baby you can keep” and “If you don’t like my attitude, then you can F-off…New York is not for little pussies who scream/ If you can’t stand the heat, then get off my street.”

Madonna has definitely returned to the genre that sparked her popularity in the 90s after the release of “Ray of Light” in 1998. “Confessions on a Dance Floor” is a great compilation of dance tracks that will attract all pop and dance music lovers.

Make room, Madonna is back to let it all come out on the dance floor.

Hugo Bryan Castillo can be reached at hcastill@ulv.edu.

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