Here's my photo review of the latest Madonna CD, Confessions on a Dance Floor:
No, just kidding. The CD arrived that way. Needless to say, I got a replacement. You could actually tip what was left of the case at an angle and find dust and shards from the disc itself trickling out.
Overall, I'd say that the CD is pretty good. It's got plenty of catchy songs. It's all dance music, instead of the more "normal" pop music of her previous albums. Dance music normally isn't my cup of tea... it usually just seems so shallow and pointless to me. But, this I like. I like her previous couple albums better, with more guitar than synthesizer, but this one's decent too.
I don't really consider myself a Madonna fan. I don't like any of her albums before Ray of Light, the "classic Madonna" stuff. But, her last few have been quite good in my opinion, and based on those I decided I'd give this one a try as well, and I'm glad I did. Some of the songs are kind of annoying at first, like the first single Hung Up, but I've grown to like almost all of them. Even I Love New York, which has lyrics so stupid that the English translations of the "numa numa" song Dragostea Din Tei sound poetic in comparison.
Other cities always make me mad
Other places always make me sad
No other city ever made me glad
Except New York
Congratulations, you've passed first grade. I feel kind of bad, though, because I still sort of like the song.
My favorite song, though, is Push. It's got a catchy tune, a great beat, and excellent production. I've already posted a little bit about Push; it's the one with the chorus that's probably a little too similar to the quintessential Sting song. Sorry and Jump are quite good as well.
Anyway, the CD is good. Not unique or memorable, but it doesn't have to be. If you like dance music, you'll love it. If you like electronic music with female vocals, you'll at least like it. If you dislike Madonna or pop music in general, your feelings toward this CD are going to be strikingly similar to the picture at the top of this post.