What happened to you?
I've been a fan since the start, I've seen your concerts, I've even defended your performance in Body of Evidence, and you give me... this.
Now I know that Confessions on a Dance Floor is a tough act to follow, and maybe you're guilty of raising your own bar too high, but is this really the album you want to give us? Sure you've got Timbaland on there, Justin's boppin about in a couple of songs, and Pharrel is bringing his own hip-hop sound to the table, but where are you? Once upon a time you defined trends in music, and everyone was left scrambling in your wake to grab a piece of what you created, but now it looks to me as if you're running after them and trying to put yourself into a new arena to compete with other acts.
Okay so 4 Minutes is a fun little song, and Give It 2 Me is being hailed as the best dance song on the album. But I admit I had to stifle a yawn during Candy Shop; yes, sticky and sweet, your candy is raw... these lyrics are far from clever. You and Guy have challenging times in Miles Away. Incredible is anything but.
Are you getting old? Am I? Am I being too harsh? I always thought that as your career evolved you were getting ready to become this matriarch of pop, this reverred idol who nobody would be able to touch, but I gotta tell you, this severe left turn you have taken now almost reeks of desperation. You don't need to sound like anyone else - you're MADONNA. Take your own advice from Little Star on your inspired Ray of Light album, and never forget who you are. Because when all the music sounds the same, everyone else just might.