Madonna
Hard Candy


3.0
good

Review

by BSX USER (9 Reviews)
May 23rd, 2008 | 25 replies | 8,781 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With R&B and hip-hop being the dominate music style in the American market it was only a matter of time before Madonna jumped on the trend. Hard Candy is a little rough on the eyes, but offers a decent album.

Style:Pop/Hip-Hop with some dance and rock elements

The opening track Candy Shop which Madonna sings about how sticky and sweet her sugar sets the mood for the rest of the album a combo of hip hop and pop beats. Up next is 4 Minutes, the track that help her break Elvis’ impressive most #1 hit singles. Timberland uses his trademark beats while Justin Timberlake lends his voice. Horns blare and a drum beat play throughout the song as Madonna and Timberlake harmonize the pre-chorus yet their voices seem rather low for the song almost drowned out by the beats. Give It 2 Me has a thumping drum beat with some dance-pop elements that make it a good party song. Madonna sings about how she can party all night long and tells us to “get stupid”. Heartbeat is up next with a R&B vibe to the song the hip-pop sounds continues with this song as Pharrell shouts hey after Madonna sings the chorus, and goes on to say “see my booty get down”.

Miles Away is up next, the only acoustic track, on the album which could have been on previous Music or American Life album. This song is a fan favorite and has the potential to be a hit single which talks about how 2 lovers only seem to care about each other when they’re far away. She’s Not Me is reminiscent of her Confessions album. The guitar strums as her sings the verse and chorus chimes with bell chimes when she reaches she’s not me. The track slows down around 4:20, but continues with a haunting beat as Madonna repeats “she’s not and she never will be“. The Confessions-like songs continue with Incredible which has a piano melody blended in with the driving hip hop beats,. This is the 2nd song to continue with a different set of lyrics and beat sequences when the track hits 3:51. Beat Goes On which is a completely different song from the leaked version that made its way onto the internet late 2007 features a mid tempo drum beat and descending bell chimes. Kanye’s rap is surprise well done, and adds some personality to the track.

The album slows the hip-pop beats and dance vibes with Dance 2nite, which strangely reminds me of the Bee Gees. Timberlake sings to Madonna during the pre-chorus as she answer back and proceeds to the chorus with “let’s dance 2nite” . Madonna explains what various Spanish words and statements mean in Spanish Lesson which no surprise has a Latin guitar and beats playing throughout the track. Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You which sounds like Justin’s “Cry me a river” has dark beats somewhat to Nelly Furtado’s “Maneater”. The closing track Voices, was a perfect way to end the record asking the question “Who is the master who is the slave?“ while continuing the dark hip hop beats from the pervious track.

With the help of Pharrell and Timberland Hard Candy is a solid record. Not great, but it doesn’t fail either. Madonna’s drive to stay on top of the current music trends produced a decent album ,but her next effort should be more diverse or unexpected.

Recommended Tracks:
Give it 2 Me
Incredible
Dance 2nite
Devil



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Ouch
May 23rd 2008



546 Comments


Madonna's a hooker

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2008



17914 Comments


YOU MUST THINK UR SUM KIND OF PIMP LOL U GOT ALL THESE GIRLS PICS ON YA PAGE LOL I KEEP THINKN UR LIKE 12 N THEM I'M LIKE WAIT NO HE'S NOT LOL YOU GET OLDER BUT JUST DNT GET NO TALLER HAHAHAHA I'M JP WITH YOU LOL

Ouch
May 23rd 2008



546 Comments


All right chan, It was funny the first 2 times, now it's just obnoxious.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2008



17914 Comments


if you're a bamboozle/warped tour band you're a scene band

Ouch
May 23rd 2008



546 Comments


^ Agreed...

xmattxhardcore
May 23rd 2008



422 Comments


Ew... Look at the album cover...

Ouch
May 23rd 2008



546 Comments


As I said, Madonna's a hooker.

kattunlover69
May 23rd 2008



1194 Comments


lol at DEP, PTh, GCH being scene bands

Lamotte
May 28th 2008



45 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I don't get why people still find her good after all those years.. I mean she SUX! She's an average singer and all her songs are the same... I don't get all this fuzz around her!

BSX
May 28th 2008



1630 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Did you even listen to the record? Seems to me your giving this a 1 out of hate.This Message Edited On 05.28.08

emogangstascotty
June 1st 2008



472 Comments


i thought this was some random house/hard break record. hmm

AtavanHalen
June 1st 2008



17927 Comments


4 Minutes rules. 98 onwards Mad > rest.

Holoh
July 9th 2008



13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is hotness. Incredible is my shyt.

DemandMore
July 22nd 2008



18 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Don't get me wrong, Madonna's earlier music is amazing.
But much like Michael Jackson, at some stage has to realise that they've already peaked and they're not going to get any better than they were.

Just my humble opinion, I think she should start acting her age and maybe we'll see something fresh out of her.
You hit the nail on the head when you said "With R&B and hip-hop being the dominate music style in the American market it was only a matter of time before Madonna jumped on the trend"
What ever happened to the Madonna who was the trend setter not follower?

Oh and something I picked up, not to be rude or discredit your review "..Timberlake uses his trademark beats while Justin Timberlake lends his voice.."
I'm guessing the first Timberlake should be Timberland?
Just a guess ?

BSX
July 22nd 2008



1630 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

XD, you're correct and thanks for finding that! It took me a while to write the review since my 1st one was. . . crappy.

zane1234s
July 27th 2008



47 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

One of her worst albums, but I wasn't expecting much. She's the trend-setter, not the follower. Well, that's the way it's supposed to be. The only good track off this is "Give It 2 Me," and the rest seems to be there to simply do nothing for the listener. "Candy Shop" is Madonna's most annoying song, even "Incredible" wouldn't be that bad if it wasn't for the rushed, sped-up towards the end.

alex0203
July 31st 2008



21 Comments


the album is okay. I find the album cover very cool, actually, from a Photographer's point of view.

drewhnovak
August 6th 2008



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

zane1234s, Candy Shop may not be her best song, but as for her most annoying, have you HEARD Love Song from Like A Prayer....why did Prince and Madonna make such a terrrrrible song!?

JumpTheF**kUp
December 4th 2008



2708 Comments


4 Minutes is so much fun.

PunkItUp
December 4th 2008



207 Comments


SitTheF**KDown!

Madonna makes my "candy" hard yeah



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