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  • Audio CD (April 29 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B0015D3Z4O
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,414 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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
10. Spanish Lesson
11. Devil Wouldn't Recognize You
12. Voices

Product Description

Hard Candy is a brilliant uptempo collection that adds a hip-hop beat to the cultural icon's club sensibilities, thanks to collaborations with Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, and Nate "Danja" Hills. Hard Candy punctuates the first 25 years of the album career of the most successful female artist in history with a musical exclamation point. 12 tracks.

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Madonna's "Hard Candy" was met with mixed reviews when originally released in April 2008.

While the album does have a few faults, I would place it on par with 2005's "Confessions on a Dance Floor". Most critics hailed "Confessions" as a much-welcomed return to Madonna's early dance-music roots. I, for one, wish that COADF had been more varied, something that "Hard Candy" manages better than its predecessor.

While the opener "Candy Shop" sounds like something that would be more at home on a Britney Spears CD, it's a little better than "4 Minutes", which is the weakest track here despite the fact it received lots of radio airplay and reached #1 in some markets.

Madonna unfortunately seems desperate on this album to work with then-mega-successful producers such as Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, and their sounds overshadow her own.

Fortunately, things improve greatly on the next few songs.

"Give It To Me" is a fantastic club song and should have been the first single. It's relentless beat and "Get stupid" interlude make this one a standout.

The same can be said for "Heartbeat", with it's pulsing beat making the song itself seem like it has a lifeline. The Timbaland effect actually works in its favour. Again a clever interlude ("See my booty get down") makes it fun and memorable.

"Miles Away" also received airplay and its personal lyrics made a connection between Madonna and fans since her separation from Guy Ritchie became public shortly after the release of this CD. "Miles" is serviceable but not outstanding.

"She's Not Me" on the other hand, though much too long to be radio-friendly, is absolutely the song that makes this CD a must-have for me.
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...as many of her detractors hope for. Hard Candy is far from being a brilliant album or the best in pop music but she's still miles ahead of the competition. She's still the entire package with great danceable songs with infectious melodies and hard hitting beats.
This is the closest Madonna has been in the new millennium to replicating her early 80s dance image and it appears many are in fear of her being invincible in the industry. Ironically enough everyone appears to want to have the "old" Madonna back and this album has all the qualities of the earlier era of her career.

People now criticize her for teaming up with accomplished producers as opposed to the underground "groundbreaking" sounds she would discover and manipulate to her own advantage. So now she's playing a different game, if not more humbling and now it's become apparently more desperate on her part. Perhaps people would like to consider that Madonna is coming off a hugely successful album "Confessions on a Dancefloor" and wasn't in need of "reviving" her career. Perhaps she actually does appreciate Pharrel and Timbaland's work and wanted to mesh it with her own pop/dance sensibilities. And Hard Candy is living proof of it going according to plan.

Regardless of the critical response the album has received she's still ahead of the game. Michael Jackson is facing yet another trial, Janet Jackson is having problems sustaining a tour, Britney is nuts, etc. No one has been able to play the game as well as Madonna. And whether you pray for her to go away or sit and bicker about her, she's going nowhere anytime soon. So continue to enjoy the ride.
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The battle of the divas are happening, as both Madonna, Mariah and Janet release their new albums at relatively the same time. Madonna's new album, HARD CANDY, is what Confessions on a Dance Floor promised, and more. It is her last album for Warner Bros., and it ain't half bad.

Album Cover: 4/5
With this spandex image she hasn't used since the Human Nature video, this cover sure packs a punch. However, one cannot deny how much the cover has been PhotoShopped. Overall, I love the album cover, especially her ring that says M-Dolla.

1. Candy Shop: 4/5
Although some reviews have been mediocre about this track, I actually like this track. It doesn't have much production, or much instruments. It's just a fun and sweet track that comes more as an interlude than a full track.

2. 4 Minutes: 5/5
Who doesn't know this track? This song is one of her strongest, and the Timba-lake production only makes it 100 times better. This is probably the only song that mentions any world events, while the rest is sugar-full fun. Despite its slightly too long introduction, its beat and marching band beat will surely have you dancing all night long.

3. Give It 2 Me: 5/5
This track is very energetic and super fun. This song is great to dance to and Pharrell's beat at the chorus is surely one of her best. This, for me, contains her catchiest chorus since Open Your Heart. Despite the slightly odd bell-sounding ending, this is a track worthy of being a single.

4. Heartbeat: 4/5
This is a slightly fast beat song. It starts with a drum that resembles the beating of a heart, then transcends into a strangely groovy dance pop. Despite some cheesy lyrics, this song has enough hooks to be a small radio-only single.

5. Miles Away: 4.
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