What the critics are saying about Madonna's new album

9355__madge_lMadonna, take a bow. The reviews are in for your spankin’ new disc, Confessions on a Dancefloor, and they’re pretty darn positive. Yet while most (but not all) critics PopWatch perused this morning had nice things to say about the thumping beats and spacey beeps concocted by you and co-producer Stuart Price, it was uncanny how many of them blasted your lyrics for the song ”I Love New York.” I guess maybe you should’ve picked something besides ”dork” to rhyme with the world’s greatest city. (Hmmm…what about "spork"?) Anyhow, here’s a random sampling from eight reviewers around the country:

”Every song is tailor-made for getting your groove on, with surprisingly few clunkers.”
Tim Pratt, Detroit Free Press

”In dance music, words exist to be repeated, twisted, obscured and resurrected. How they sound in the moment is far more important than what they mean, and Madonna knows that better than anyone. Confessions on a Dance Floor is 56 minutes of energetic moments. It will leave you feeling silly for all the right reasons.”
Josh Tyrangiel, Time

”Featuring some sharp electronica production and more than a few moments of pose-striking irresistibility, it’s also worthy of praise as Madonna’s best album at least since 1998’s Ray of Light — and possibly since 1989’s Like a Prayer… [Still,] most of the misfires come from the lyrics…the Madonna-for-poet-laureate campaign begins here and now, reader.”
J. Freedom du Lac, The Washington Post

"Her voice, vastly improved since that ’80s squeak, sounds pretty and unfettered (even when computerized) as it rides over tense waves of blip-whoosh-thrum technoise and blissful snap-crackle beats. There’s no excuse, however, for clichés, nursery-rhyme simplicity and tired topics, such as the price of fame in ‘How High.’ Surely Madonna is capable of wittier couplets than ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your names will never hurt.’"
Edna Gundersen, USA Today

”Of course, since we’re talking about Madonna, the feat of making terrific dance records wasn’t enough. She also has to teach us something. Thankfully, her windy bromides don’t kick in until halfway through.”
Jim Farber, New York Daily News

”We have indeed heard it all before: the helium warble disco; the dark, twisted-fantasy bedroom grooves; the laughably bad stabs at musical theater; the failed attempts to go techno; the electronically tweaked folk schmaltz… Madonna has provided a decent disco soundtrack, with the best songs ready to slip in easily right after ‘Believe’ by Cher and just before that sure-fire crowd-pleaser, ‘YMCA’ by the Village People.”
Jim Derogatis, Chicago Sun-Times

”[The CD] works well, at least most of the time. The songs are stylish and sexy, with hauntingly erotic choruses, repeated phrases and gently thumping pulses. Several of the tracks, such as the sweeping trio of ‘Get Together,’ ‘Sorry’ and ‘Future Lovers,’ are gorgeously textured with an ambient, spacey backbeat that’s reminiscent of Brian Eno and U2’s collaborative work, Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1.”
Malcolm Mayhew, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

”Her lyrics are hit and miss, but Madonna gets into the groove and proves she can still pack a dance floor.”
Thor Christensen, The Dallas Morning News

Okay, PopWatchers, tell us what you think about Confessions on a Dancefloor. Ready? Go!

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  • J.Me

    Madonna’s crafted an album of pure bliss, that will rank right up there with her “Like A Prayer” and “Ray Of Light” albums.

  • Nick

    Madonna’s new album is fantastic! Pure fun and energy from start to finish. Fave tracks right off, “Hung Up”, “Get Together” “Push” “Sorry” and “How High” Nice job Madonna!

  • eric

    It’s very slick, very cool and full of engery but I don’t hear the “fun.” Granted, the single’s pretty catchy but the innocent with no message fun of her early work continues to be the missing element.

  • Carly

    On the whole I like the album, but I agree that there’s a few clunkers in there… for example, “I Love New York” and the first three songs after “Hung Up.” But “Let It Will Be” and “Issac” make up for it, as does the finale, “Like It Or Not.” It wasn’t what I expected, yet that’s turned out to (mostly) be a good thing.

  • Ariel

    The production of the album is fantastic — but yes, some of the lyrics are laughable. I also tire of songs about being famous. (Yes, Madge, we get it: It’s not a cake walk! Ok!) But still, as an only casual Madonna fan, I have to say that this is my favorite album of her’s ever … I think I like it even better than Ray of Light.

  • Mario

    This album is fantastic..pure adrenaline and fun… I love Sorry, Hung Up, Forbidden Love, Jump, and goes on and on!!! I Love it… Madonna, you did it again!

  • Electrolicious

    Everyone loves Madge:

    EW’s Popwatch rounds up what the critics are saying about Madonna’s new album … and it’s mostly positive. Note: “I don’t like cities, but I like New York/Other places make me feel like a dork” are indeed terrible lyrics, but the beats make up fo…

  • frank

    madonna’s new album is smart and exactly what her long time fans have wanted for oh soooo long. It’s a beautiful piece of work worthy of everyone to enjoy. congratulations madonna

  • Jason

    Best album in years. Lyrically it’s a little like middle school English class (“I Love New York”). She still can’t let go of some of the themes from American Life (“How High”), but overall ever song is great. Except for “Issac” which is a bore and once again pounds us over the head with her religion.

  • Kimmie G

    I can NOT wait to pick this up! I’ve been listening to it on line (VH1.com), and am loving it!! And the cover art? Brilliant.

  • Patrick

    Ammazing production! Love how the songs connect to each other (its non-stop to those who doesn’t know). “Sorry” the rumoured second single will be a classic Madonna song for sure. This album is definitely in line with “Like a Prayer” and “Ray of Light”. Congratulations M! You did it again!

  • Michael

    JUMP is one of my favorite Madonna songs now. The rest are amazing as well.

  • Cara

    Have been listening online at AOL, really love it – especially Jump, an instant classic.

  • Electrolicious

    Everyone loves Madge

    EW’s Popwatch rounds up what the critics are saying about Madonna’s new album … and it’s mostly positive. Note: “I don’t like cities, but I like New York/Other places make me feel like a dork” are indeed terrible lyrics, but the beats more than …

  • Carlos A.

    I’ve been listening this album since it leaked 2 wks ago and i just cannot stop playing it. As a Madonna fan i am amazed at how she can still surprise me with a fantastic new album. It is my fav Madonna album now, second to ROL.
    Sorry is such a great song, destined to become a Madonna Classic.
    Grab it!!!

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