Madonna And Pharrell Break Out The Cowbells

madonna.jpgARTIST: Madonna
TITLE: “The Beat Goes On”
WEB DEBUT: Aug. 22, 2007

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: “Let’s do something different, let’s change things up,” Madonna says to Pharrell at the beginning of “The Beat Goes On”–too bad that my first thought after she said that was, “Wait, isn’t she singing this over the opening chords to ‘Like I Love U’?” Anyway, “Beat” is sort of like a mini-tour of the dance-music genres that Madonna hasn’t yet tried to assimilate–DFA handclaps and cowbells, Bee Gees-ish falsettos on the chorus, Pharrell background interjections sprinkled throughout the track. The singsong “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” pre-chorus is a lot catchier than its “Stayin’ Alive”-like follow-up, and it will probably be stuck in my head for the rest of the day now. Overall, in the grand scheme of Madonna songs, “Beat” is definitely better than “Hey You,” but I’m not quite sure if it’s all that much of an achievement over “American Life.”
WHERE TO FIND IT: Kevipod Music, who seems to have a bit more faith in Pharrell than I do.

Madonna [Official site]

  • Weezy F Baby

    it seems Blogger is down.

    my dreams have finally come true.

  • the rich girls are weeping

    OMG! The overabundance of mp3 blogs finally broke the internet!

  • chrisb

    I can’t help but think when a hyper-controlling freak like Madonna says “Let’s do something different, let’s change things up,” she spent two weeks writing and revising that line to get it sounding perfectly uncontrived.

  • thumper

    i LOVE this woman – but im not sold on this yet – give me 100 listens today and we’ll see how i feel

  • zaky

    You know that thing that happens, when someone does something to TOTALLY reaffirm exactly what you’ve been saying about them all along? Yeah, that’s a good feeling. She blows.