A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
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.
Talk to your kids 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?