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The diva is on the dance-floor

Madonna's new album re-invents dance music

Come 2006 and pop diva Madonna will be three decades old in the music industry. What critics call the real Madonna brand of feel-good energetic music, began with the popular party anthem, Holiday.What followed was a whirlwind of hits like Lucky Star and the more daring tracks, Like a Virgin and Material Girl, from her second album. What followed was a period in Madonna's (musical and otherwise) career which most of them and us prefer not to comment on. Papa Don't Preach and playboy covers later, she made a thundering comeback with the movie, Evita and the song, Don't Cry for Me Argentina.

A couple of years later, Frozen from the album, Ray of Light became a worldwide hit. By then, the in-your-face youngster had graduated to a spiritual, culturally-conscious vocalist, christened as the Diva. American Pie did make an impact in more recent years, but it is only a week back that Madonna released her new full-length dance album titled, Confessions on a Dance Floor (EMI; CD; Rs. 395).

The concept behind the album according to the official Madonna website (plus numerous other fan sites) is to re-invent feel-good dance music and package it to the likes of generation now. One listening to the non-stop album and you will realize that Madonna has impeccably maintained a very happy, elevating vibe all through the album, a feat which not many singers in their 40s can ever dream of. The first single, "Hung Up" has an unusual rhythm, which makes you sit up and take notice.

Tracks like Got to Be There and Future Lovers create an ambience of electronic music. But it is Jump which stands out with its high energy level, which makes you tap your feet instantly.

Other tracks in the album reveal the inner manifestations of the diva set against the backdrop of dance music grooves. The operative word for the album is Different. Go for it if you are looking for some familiar yet new sounds.

A. VISHNU

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