Madonna has managed to pick up on the mild reception of "American Life" album, and moved on to the next chapter in her lengthy musical career in the blink of an eye. On "Confessions on a dancefloor", the reigning queen of pop music claims back her title as the most entertaining female artist ever, one whose musical evolution is always interesting to listen to.
As everyone knows by now, this album is a dancefloor affair, bottom line. No introspective lyrics, no ballads, just straight-forward dance music. That can be good and bad as well, depending on your perspective. The album pounds out one flawless disco tune after another, supported by a impeccable production and some of the lady's catchiest choruses ever, resulting in one fantastic string of potential singles. Songs like "Jump" (her catchiest song in ages), "Sorry", "Future Lovers" and "I Love New York" are all begging for massive airplay, while "Forbidden Love" gracefully flows with hints of influences from the likes of Pet Shop Boys and New Order.
On the downside, of course this album fares less spectacularly once you actually try to sit down and listen to it attentively. People who are not heavily into dance music may feel the album gets a little monotoneous - the last four songs find Madonna running out of ideas, and you find yourself wishing she'd come up with, say, ten great songs instead of the twelve tunes presented here. Even the beats start to lose their pulse and their appeal by the time the album approaches its end, and the entire affair has pretty much slowed down by the time the last song clicks in. Still, die-hard fans of Madonna will gleefully welcome back an unbreakable artist who has never really been away ever since her first major hit ("Holiday" in 1983) - while the rest of pop music lovers will likely make up their own mind over the next few months, since this album is loaded with potential hits.