Released: 7th November 2005.
It's been a while, but the Queen of Pop has returned in style with the first single off her forthcoming album 'Confessions on a Dancefloor'. A great and catchy dance track, thanks to the combination of Madonna's vocals and the majestic ABBA sample she was allowed to use - the instantly recognizable melody line from "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)", which comes sweeping in, giving the song a very familiar feeling. Easily one of Madonna's best tracks and one more reason, if ever you needed one, to look forward to the new album.
After a critically-acclaimed (but not publicly-acclaimed) album in the shape of "American Life", Madonna has chosen to return to her pop/dance roots for her latest project. Enlisting the talents of UK hot property producer Stuart Price, "Hung Up" combines Madonna's energetic vocals with Stuart's funkier, filtered disco sound, even incorporating an ABBA sample to facilitate accessibility. The result is a fun, uplifting track which has curried favour with both the pop and dance fraternities. However, from my own perspective, it just maybe lacks that special something that previous album leaders, such as "Ray Of Light", had.
I have a bit of a love/hate thing with Madonna, generally speaking. Sampling the ABBA classic "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)", "Hung Up" is the first single to be lifted from "Confessions On A Dancefloor", her much hyped new album. In all honesty, this is OK to dance to, but it's all been done before. Could it be the queen Of pop is running out of musical styles to reinvent herself with? It won't be long before she's doing Lithuanian folk music.