Madonna: ‘Hard Candy’ – Album Review


Released: April 19, 2008

Empowering her most current theme of sex and… well sex (and probably till the day she gets really old), she employs a more urban pop sound to her eleventh studio album Hard Candy. Revisitng her Erotica and Bedtime Stories days, she opens the album with the promiscuous dance tune “Candy Shop”, and eventually works on that same sticky and sweet essence with the following tracks; the groovy disco “She’s No Me”, the real frisky club disco “Dance 2Night”, and the trip-hop bassy hit “Voices”. The album’s best moments are the more prestigious and grand moments, like the catchy collaboration with Justin Timberlake and Timberland “4 Minutes”, the tingling pop tune “Give It 2 Me”, and the Music offering “Miles Away”.

The album meets commercial stands, and is as glossy as her previous albums, but this is the first time Madonna doesn’t seem inspiring or exciting. This time, she’s taking elements of the younger generation to make herself fit in. Tracks like “Spanish Lesson”, “Incredible”, and “Heartbeat” are catchy tunes but doesn’t offer anything different or exciting from the 2008 era, and I’m pretty sure every artist was using Kayne West back in that year, collaborating with the album’s most simplest track “Beat Goes On”. It does offer a darker urban cut, the trippy “Devil Wouldn’t Recognized You”. All in all, Hard Candy isn’t that bad; its sweet and enduring, whilst having bitter and raw edges that doesn’t sound exciting. But it topples it, and manages to come out sweet again.

Track list (Bold means best tracks)

  1. Candy Shop
  2. 4 Minutes
  3. Give It 2 Me
  4. Heartbeat
  5. Miles Away
  6. She’s Not Me
  7. Incredible
  8. Beat Goes On
  9. Dance 2night ~Liam’s favorite~
  10. Spanish Lesson
  11. Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You
  12. Voices


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