Hard Candy

Hard Candy

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by Madonna
     
 

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As with nearly everything she's done, the groove-heavy Hard Candy is distinctly Madonna's own. The Material Girl sculpted her sound this time out by hiring some of the hottest producers on the scene, including Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell and the Neptunes. Cuts like the lead-off single, "4 Minutes" (a duet with Timberlake), and the thumping, sexy title… See more details below

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As with nearly everything she's done, the groove-heavy Hard Candy is distinctly Madonna's own. The Material Girl sculpted her sound this time out by hiring some of the hottest producers on the scene, including Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell and the Neptunes. Cuts like the lead-off single, "4 Minutes" (a duet with Timberlake), and the thumping, sexy title track sparkle with a contemporary club feel. Yet Madonna's classic pop sensibilities are far from lost in the mix. "Beat Goes On" recalls vintage singles like "Holiday"; "Heartbeat" is sleek, singalong Europop; and "Miles Away" is a love song that rides a sweet midtempo groove.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Caryn Ganz
Like Confessions, Hard Candy celebrates dance as salvation, but even the euphorically groovy "Heartbeat" and "Dance 2night" strike wistful notes. Although the uptempo set features no ballads, the dominant lyrical themes — regret, yearning, distrust — are far from upbeat.
Blender - Jon Dolan
On Hard Candy, she's like an aging master thief sneaking into the temple of pop goodies for one last big score.
People Magazine
The singer indulges her choral side on the album-closer "Voices," which features production by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Nate "Danjahandz" Hills. The song builds to a dark, cinematic crescendo, as the album closes with one lone tone.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624988496
catalogNumber:
421372
Rank:
55413

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Madonna   Primary Artist
Stevie Blacke   Mandolin,Strings,Mandocello
Wendy Melvoin   Guitar
Dan Warner   Guitar
Hannon B. Lane   Keyboards
Timbaland   Drums,DJ,Guest Appearance
Pharrell Williams   Guest Appearance
Justin Timberlake   Guitar,Background Vocals
Andrew Coleman   Guitar
Monte Pittman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Madonna   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Engineer
Hannon B. Lane   Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Neptunes   Producer
Justin Timberlake   Composer,Producer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Giovanni Bianco   Art Direction
Alex Dromgoole   Engineer
Timothy Mosely   Composer
Madonna Ciccone   Composer
Nate Hills   Composer
Nathaniel Hills   Composer
Hannon Lane   Composer
Marcella Araica   Engineer

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