Is it me, or does the new Madonna single “4 Minutes” totally suck? It’s got Justin Timberlake’s fingerprints all over it, which means it sounds just like every other bit of mass-marketed twaddle out there. (It’s either twaddle or piffle, I can’t quite decide.) Blecchhh. Oh well, I guess it’s nice to see her team up with a black singer for a change.
Here’s a link to the single on iTunes in case you haven’t heard it yet. It’s only a 30-second clip, but that’s enough to put me off if this single if it’s an indication of what the rest of the album sounds like. It was produced by Timbaland, who is also producing about half the world’s bands at the moment…so it’s sure to have a unique sound. I can’t wait for the music reviews to start saying things like “The Material Girl has reinvented herself yet again!” Or has that started already?
I was surprised by how good her last album was, especially compared to the clumsy introspection on “American Life”, but this…ugh. And check out that cover! Christ on a cracker, Madonna! Whatever happened to “I’m older and wiser now, I’m above all that superficial stuff that ties me to this world, I’m a mature woman and I take full responsibility for how I behaved in my younger days when I was deluded by fame and sex and money”? Right out the window. She’s done an about-face (again) and now we’re back to “Wanna see my snatch? It’s right here, wrapped in leather. See it? Mmmmm, I wanna suckle your hard candy, baby!” Um, gross. No thanks, madam.