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Confessions on a Dance Floor

Confessions on a Dance Floor

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by Madonna

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After 2003's disappointing and thematically heavy-handed American Life, Madonna rebounds with a straight-ahead dance record that's sure to please her core audience. Although there's nothing on it quite as catchy as "Lucky Star" or as innovative as Ray of Light, Confessions on a Dance Floor<


After 2003's disappointing and thematically heavy-handed American Life, Madonna rebounds with a straight-ahead dance record that's sure to please her core audience. Although there's nothing on it quite as catchy as "Lucky Star" or as innovative as Ray of Light, Confessions on a Dance Floor finds a solid dance groove and builds upon the sleek nouveau disco Ms. Ciccone touched upon with Erotica's entrancing "Deeper and Deeper." As the disc's title suggests, this is music primed for the clubs, a theme underscored by the sweat-inducing lack of breaks between tracks. The infectiously dizzying "Get Together" borrows lyrically from the S.O.S. Band classic "Take Your Time (Do It Right)"; the droning "Future Lovers" recalls a vintage Donna Summer track; and the catchy lead single, "Hung Up," would've fit right in at the original Studio 54. While Esther (her Kabbalah moniker) denies slipping in lyrical references to the ancient Jewish faith she champions, she does spout Yiddish on the glowstick-ready "Sorry," and the mantra-like "Isaac" is rumored to be about influential Kabbalah scholar Isaac Luria. If the former material girl-turned-spiritual matriarch's proselytizing is a turn-off, however, there are plenty of whirling synths and booming bass lines here to keep you distracted. Besides, Madge has always been provocative in a calculated way. And even as she approaches 50, she continues to express herself -- and to keep the public interested in what she has to say.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given the cold shoulder Madonna's 2003 album American Life received by critics and audiences alike -- it may have gone platinum, but it was her first album ever not to have a single enter the Billboard pop Top 10 (in fact, its title track barely cracked the Top 40) -- it's hard not to read its 2005 follow-up Confessions on a Dance Floor as a back-to-basics move of sorts: after a stumble, she's returning to her roots, namely the discos and clubs where she launched her career in the early '80s. It's not just that she's returning to dance music -- in a way, she's been making hardcore dance albums ever since 1998's Ray of Light, her first full-on flirtation with electronica -- but that she's revamping and updating disco on Confessions instead of pursuing a bolder direction. While it's true to a certain extent that contemporary dance music is still recycling and reinventing these songs -- besides, anything '80s is in vogue in 2005 -- coming from Madonna, it sounds like a retreat, an inadvertent apology that she's no longer on the cutting edge, or at least an admission that she's inching ever closer to 50. And no matter how she may disguise it beneath glistening layers of synths, or by sequencing the album as a non-stop party, Confessions on a Dance Floor is the first album where Madonna seems like a veteran musician. Not only is there a sense of conscious craft to the album, in how the sounds and the songs segue together, but in how it explicitly reference the past -- both her own and club music in the larger sense -- the music seems disassociated from the present; Madonna is reworking familiar territory, not pushing forward, in a manner not dissimilar to how her former opening act the Beastie Boys returned to old-school rap on their defiantly old-fashioned 2004 album, To the Five Boroughs. But where the Beasties are buoyed by their camaraderie, Madonna has always been a stubborn individual, working well with collaborators but always without question existing on her own terms, and this obstinate nature is calcifying slightly into isolation on Confessions. There's no emotional hook into the music, either in its icy surface or in the lyrics, and the hard-headed intention to deliver a hardcore dance album means that this feels cold and calculated, never warm or infectious. Of course, Madonna has always been calculated in her career, often to great effect, and this calculation does pay off some dividends here. If it's taken just on a purely sonic level, Confessions on a Dance Floor does its job: with the assistance of co-producer Stuart Price (Bloodshy & Avant produce two tracks, Mirwais produces one, while another was originally produced by Anders Bagge and Peer Astrom), she not only maintains the mood, but keeps the music moving nicely, never letting one track linger any longer than necessary. This is shimmering music falling just short of sexy, yet it's alluring enough on the surface to make for a perfect soundtrack for pitch-black nights. That's what the album was designed to do, and it works well on that level, it works well as a whole, but as a collection of individual tracks it falls apart, since there is a distinct lack of melodic or lyrical hooks. But Confessions wasn't intended to be pop music -- as the title makes clear, it was made for the dance clubs or, in other words, Madonna's core audience, who will surely be pleased by this sleek slice of style. But the fact that she's making music just for her core audience, not for the mass audience that she's had for 20 years, is yet another indication that Madge is slyly, slowly settling into her new status a veteran (or perhaps a survivor), and while she succeeds rather handsomely on those modest terms, it's more than a little odd to hear Madonna scaling back her ambition and settling for less, rather than hungering for more. [Confessions on a Dance Floor was released in a limited edition that contained one bonus track.]

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Madonna   Primary Artist
Henrik Jonback   Bass,Guitar
Monte Pittman   Acoustic Guitar
Yitzhak Sinwani   Vocals

Technical Credits

Benny Andersson   Composer
Madonna   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer
Anders "Bag" Bagge   Composer
Giovanni Bianco   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Stuart Price   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Drum Producer
Henrik Jonback   Composer
Mirwais Ahmadzaï   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Peer Astrom   Composer
Bloodshy & Avant   Audio Production
Stewart Price   Composer
Pontus Winnberg   Composer
Christian Karlsson   Composer

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Confessions on a Dance Floor 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Confessions" and "Ray of Light"...even "Candy" are amazing...I love them! However, don't jack with "Music"...it sucks. The new one..."MDNA"...kinda sucks too. Bummer
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
she keeps getting better and better with each album she releases!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madonna's 10th studio album certainly does not disappoint. Although not as personally moving as "Like A Prayer", nor dominantly outright challenging as "Ray of Light", "Confessions" proves that even at 46, with two small children, and recovering from injuries sustained in a resent fall, Madonna has moves that the rest of us only wish we had. This new album shows us why this matriarch of contemporary pop culture rules. The first single, "Hung Up" has kept us anxiously awaiting this albums release and it does not disappoint. An amalgamation of 70&#8217;s disco, 80&#8217;s new wave jams, and classic techno grooves, Confessions shows us the future of dance music. Listening to &#8220;Future Lovers&#8221; brings us back to the times of Studio 54 and the melodically siren songs of Donna Summer (as well as pays homage to Madge&#8217;s own hit single Ray of Light). &#8220;Issac&#8221; easily her most talked about track on this album, is beautifully moving with its Middle Eastern rhythms and sounds (can anyone say &#8220;Frozen&#8221; part 2?) The eclectic mix of musical styles and sounds makes Confessions one of Madge&#8217;s audibly fascinating CD&#8217;s. &#8220;Confessions on a Dance Floor&#8221; brings Ester back to the place where it all began for her &#8211; the dance floor. Coming full circle, Madge shows the world that all it really needs is to celebrate and simply have a holiday. Good show Madonna!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is destined to become a classic. There is not a weak track on the entire album. Love it!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got it about a week ago and I cant stop dancing to it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If the title 'Confessions on a dance floor' (a formulaic moniker plauged in the chick-lit genre) splashed on a book cover with a red-based primary colour - and trust me, it would be in sparkles and glitter - it would of been another piece of candy in the gumball machine. But it would not be passed over. We want to know how the chick fares this time and how close the boyfriend she gets, as a sign post of self-redemption, comes close to 'the one' we have in our minds. (Guys, this is pretty much why we read them). However, by employing this title to her latest album, Madge is not only playing to the whimsical affects it naturally supplies but a subtle exercise of self-examination on her part as well. Loosely speaking, the entirety of the 'Confessions' album and what it invokes in the listener relying on what he/she brings to it, together, Madonna redeems her music and maybe even herself. No doubt, 'Confessions' is a guilty pleasure but it's okay because Madge knows and she likes it too. But not only that, she does it too and cleverly pokes fun while doing so. Comparatively speaking, 'Confessions on a dance floor' is an almost excellent album in retro progression arcing over 'American Life' 'Music' 'Ray of Light' and so on stopping at 'Immaculate Collection.' On its own, 'Confessions' is a good album aside from 5 tracks ('Sorry' 'Future Lovers' 'I Love New York' 'Isaac' and 'Like It or Not') where there's no reason why they could of benefitted from the same effort of the other 7 of solid sound and lyrics save for, perhaps, extremely particular personal inclinations. And I'm being charitable. Aware as she is of the power of her branded self-image, Madonna turns our nights of sparkling anticipation that fell into our wells of a disappointed memory into an emotional candy, sell it back to our psyche, and make us long for more. Only Madonna - and a relative few others come to mind - can make 'Confessions on a dance floor' and herself appear as a seamless partnership. Because in order to turn the dance floor into a vehicle to her disposal, Madge makes amends with the institution that encapsulated her star before its release. In the stratosphere that's keen on glittery bright lights and supersonic beats, 'Confessions' makes a good attempt at illuminating the star when the music and lights are turned off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another work of art by the one and only!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love it. It's her best work yet. Madonna takes you on a journey through a mystical world of strategic loops and orgazmic sounds, taking you by the hand and leading you through a heartfelt unlearning of hatred and ignorance into a plateau of blissful simplicity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Madonna at her best. Pulsating beats and danceable rhythms. I think this collection will go down as one of her best. It reminds you of her first album, which was back to back club music. Here she updates this theme with 21 century beats. For those of you who are not Madonna fans, I highly recommend this CD so can understand why the rest of us love her music. It's in a category all its own...MadonnaMusic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD rocks, I can't listen to it in my car without wanting to pull over and freaking DANCE! Hung Up is my absolute favorite but there are so many others that are a close second!! I can't stop listening to this CD!! I loved Madonna back in the 80's but was skeptical at first about this CD since it was her first in years but I love Dance/Disco music and am glad I tried it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is simply amazing. Non-stop pure pop perfection. Destined to become a classic!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seriously, how does this woman manage to stay so popular after all this time? It seems like only yesterday she was coming out with "Holiday" and "Material Girl" and her other older hits. She still manages to keep that quirky, upbeat feeling that I asocciate with her songs. My favorites on this CD are, "Hung Up", "Forbidden Love", and "Issac". Her music always made me wanna dance, and it still does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madonna reinvented herself again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album ever released by the Queen of POP!! It was the return of the Queen to wear she started first DISCO!! Every track on the album you can dance too. She declares war on everyone else who tries to copy her. Everyone I present to you the QUEEN OF POP!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of Madonna's best CD. It's filled with up-beat songs that you can dance too for a full hour. I can't stop listening to it, its awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs on Madonna's latest album are mostly a melding of the tired Euro-techno pop with bits of disco thrown in. The beats and rhythm are monotonic, droning, polka-esque, oom-pah techno style with little diversity. It is a good album in its simplicity. I don't think it will be regarded as a great album or one that will stand the test of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madonna is back yet again to prove that she is the Queen of Pop with this ultimate dance album. From the beginning to the end you'll never stop dancing! While some people doubted that this album wouldn't be as good as her previous hits Like A Prayer, Ray of Light, and Immaculate Collection, must feel very disappointed because its better. It's a must have for anyone who listens to great music with an artist who is always ahead of her time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madonna delivers the goods in her new album, proving that she's still the Queen of Pop. In her latest outing, she explores the sounds of Disco and Dance in a glamarous manner. As always, Madonna shows she's keen to the sounds of music, and goes all out to please her fans. This album shows her range as an artist and a singer. From the dance-pop "Hung Up", to the amazing "Sorry", to a would-be anthom "I Love New York", and even her Kabbalah shout out "Isaac", she shows she's still the best at what she does. Go out and get this CD, you won't be disappointed. You'll be dancing to Madonna's latest 'Confessions on a Dance Floor'...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Madonna she is my number one favorite artist. I own alot of her cd's, but this one is my favorite one. This is her best album yet every album she does blows the other albums away. I love every song on this album. The ones I find myself hitting repeat on are Get Together and Jump. I highly recommend if you're a huge Madonna fan or not, that you get this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As most of her fans know, around the time of the release of Ray of Light, Madonna began to show that, like many artists, she was ready to let her social and spiritual consciences seep into her craft. Wandering from the trendy pop sounds and lyrics that marked her early career, she instead sought to create music that expressed the breadth of her moral, spiritual, and political development. Different intellectual patterns and themes began to weave their ways into each album. In Ray of Light, it was a break from materialism and an acknowledgment of the raw power of love. In Music, it was a hint of feminism in "What it Feels Like for a Girl." American Life was flooded with political and social turmoil as Madonna went the way of Arthur Miller, sharply questioning the "fulfillment" offered by the American Dream. Finally, Confessions on a Dance Floor put forth messages about independence and teamwork, rebelliousness and religious reverence ("Isaac"), and even a bold statement of self-acceptance to finish off the album ("Like it or Not"). Confessions on a Dance Floor seems yet another step in Madonna's reinvented conscientious artistry. Placing aside its moral worth, I did not give this album five stars because while in context of Madonna's career it is a noble move, the music itself seems to lack the less-describable spark and zest that helped Madonna break the mold of pop rock in the 80s. Of the entire album, I find myself only really attracted to four songs: "Hung Up," "Get Together," "Sorry," and "Jump." I appreciate that Madonna can still have fun in her music and produce hits that, more or less, have a niche in the pop scene. And I'm fascinated with her retrospective yet contemporary approach to creating a dance album: a combination of classic imagery and costuming (and, of course, the homage to ABBA) with more current ambient electronic musical sounds. Nevertheless, in context of her prolific career, Confessions on a Dance Floor seems like little more than a blip on the radar for her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
CONFESSIONS just proves how utterly brilliant this woman is. She knows that the world is done with this hip hop nonsense, and waiting to be led to a new sound. With this album she does just that, and introduces us to "future disco". HUNG UP is a pure get up and dance track, with a wicked beat. No messages, no religion, just FUN. No one starts a trend like Madonna, and this is no exception. No matter what you think of M, you cant deny her ability to consistently deliver innovative, creative, popular music. The music revolution has already begun with HUNG UP reaching #1 all over the world. There is no stopping Madonna when she's on a mission, and all those little wannabe's better watch out. Bow down to the Queen Goddess of Pop!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
was waiting for this CD ...was suppose to be Madonna's return to dance music..other than HUNG UP ..she is still analyzing her life and still spouting Kabbalah...nothing wrong with that ...but not on something titled Confessions on a dance floor.. i am a huge Madonna fan own all her music but in the end i was disappointed..the music was neither catchy or innovative...not like her past work
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cd is wonderfull i find it very fun to listen too very out there and i see her message to all the fans and people i think its another of her best cds and i think we should all buy a copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madonna is my number one favorite artist, I am a huge Madonna fan I have almost all of her CD's. This one is my favorite, it blows every other album she's ever done away. What I love about Madonna is that everytime she does a new CD it blows all of her previeous recordings away. This CD is awsome I love every song on it, but if I had to pick my favorite songs I would say I find myself repeating Get Together and Jump. Whether, your a Madonna fan, or not this is definetly a CD worth adding to your CD collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So I bought the new Madonna CD. And being in a music major and have studied Opera since i was 12 yrs. of age. SO i think that my ear for music is very well or prolly could be taken as preferance but I love music alot and am very picky about it and i must brag about my cd collection it is full of different genres and genres that most of you prolly haven't heard nor even given a chance to hear them. Well anywho ha :) the Madonna Album now i always liked madonna really since i was little i liked here music though never really was truelly passionate in buying an album. But since i heard the single "Hung up" 3 months ago i was hooked and started to like madonna even more goes to show you music makes you feel, makes you understand or what ever the case is, react different if you may. The Album "Confessions on the dance floor" suprised me very much because some times artist tend to loose that spark or that pizzzazzz if you know what i mean, especially an artist that has been around for a long time though the majority of the times those type of artist know what they are doing. I sometimes i take a risk on artist that i dont really now or go by what i heard in the single..... SO i bought the cd cause i heard it was all dance music and dang since i got into george michael last summer of 04 i've become sooo much open to dance music and even more picky :). Well anyway i placed the disc in my cd player and omg hung up sounded even better than when listening and watching it on tv. the bass was soo awesome and the beats were good because sometimes when you hear artist and they have a dance song or really just what ever the beats in the music just sounds like a lazy job in putting beats together but not in this Album every song has a different beat and the songs all leak into one another until the end..... i love that!!!!! and the beats sound like if it took time in finding really nice beats to make the lyrics sound great. All the songs truelly are great this is really the second album that i didn't skip any songs because they were all good from begining til the end. And all the songs have a flash back to classic madonna styles and vocals aswell Hung up really doesn't have that old madonna sound not really i mean it's Freaken awesome but it really is like new madonna well duh ha but the rest of the songs are like the styles you would kinda hear way back when. Madonna really made an awesome Album especially being gay which i am makes me wanna dress in dragg and go out on the town. :))))) Very good CD buy it you wont be dissapointed you have my approval..........................Tony Presley