Much sooner than I had expected, a French radio rip of Madonna's forthcoming single "4 Minutes" (or is it "4 Minutes To Save The World"?) has leaked onto the mighty internet. I was in Des Moines tonight when the first flurry of activity hit my inbox, and you can bet that downloading that sucker was one of the first things I did upon arriving home.
So what do I think? I'm not sure. It is not as instantly classic as "Hung Up" in that it didn't grab me by the shirt collar and demand to be heard. But I had already resigned myself to the fact that it was not going to be a retread of Confessions. To do so would be, well, very un-Madonna. The song does, however, have a killer chorus. There is a hook in there that snuck in and got me on the very first listen. Madonna's vocals are also very good. Despite my misgivings, pairing her vocally with Justin Timberlake was apparently a good idea.
OK, what don't I like about it? Oddly enough, the horns. It also has this odd marching band quality to it, so much so that I keep expecting to hear "just tell me that you love me....TUSK!" sampled into the song.
So it'll be interesting to hear it in high quality, but I think it'll grow on me. If for no other reason than that chorus.
God, I love it when Madonna releases new shit. It's so damn much fun.
UPDATE: I've listened to this about 6 times in a row now, and the more I listen to it, the more I like it. She might just pull this crazy hip-hop record off.