Confessions on a Dance Floor

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Guilty pleasure is classic, danceable Madonna.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some families might be taken aback by her odd and public theology.

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Just a bit of innuendo.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Madonna's lyrics are standard-issue sexy. They're also kind of simplistic and dumb. Madonna's well-publicized interest in Jewish mysticism is also on display in a few of the songs.

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What's the story?

Madonna's brilliance lies in self-promotion, performing flawlessly constructed dance hits, and cultivating her own special brand of old-school star quality. CONFESSIONS ON A DANCE FLOOR is no exception, offering nonstop disco beats. The instrumental arrangements offer complex, layered, and interesting support for her breathy, girlish vocals. Madonna's lyrics, on the other hand, are about as dumb and simplistic as could be, displaying none of the cleverness of past releases. Consider lyrics like \"I don't like cities but I like New York/Other cities make me feel like a dork\" (\"I Love New York\") or \"Comet to the sky/future lovers ride/Their ambitions high/Would you like to try?\" (\"Future Lovers\").

Is it any good?


Madonna gets back to basics on Confessions on a Dance Floor, with slick, well-produced songs just right for dancing. But then there are the mundance lyrics, not to mention her well-publicized interest in Jewish Mysticism -- apparent on a couple of the songs and sure to provide a bit of cringe-factor for serious observers. If you're a Madonna fan, none of this will matter. If you're a newcomer to Madonna-land, however, you'd do better with some of her earlier albums -- before she took herself quite so seriously.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this CD compares with past Madonna recordings. They might also discuss how so much has been made about Madonna's age and whether or not she is still relevant in a pop scene dominated by teens; do male musicians who have enjoyed a long career face the same scrutiny?

Music details

Release date:November 15, 2005
Label:Warner Brothers
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent Written byMusic/Movies July 23, 2013

Dance CD is mostly clean

Yes, some songs are about partying, but none of the songs have any swear words, drinking themes or sexual themes. There are some mild sexual lines, but nothing over the top like Madonna usually sings about. The songs have messages about stopping a bad relationship, having confidence, liking cities, and falling in love.
Kid, 10 years old October 30, 2010

She doesn't go too far

The only language is "If you don't like my attitude, then you can eff off", however she doesn't say the F word, but very close. Also "New York is not for little p**sies who scream" is heard too. And that was taken from I Love New York. However the best tracks are Jump, Hung Up, and Sorry.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old August 19, 2009

One of her best!

I love Madonna and I think that this album is one of her best.


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