Here it is, finally. I can't put my finger on why exactly, but the Abba sample bothers me a bit. Perhaps if Madge had opted to do a full-on cover of "Gimme Gimme Gimme", things might have been a bit more kosher (sorry, Kaballists, no pun intended). As it is, "Hung Up" is catchy as disco fever, and is pretty much saved by the key change during the bridge ("I can't keep from waiting for you...". Otherwise, this could have turned out to be repetitive Kylie-esque generica. Somehow to me, that one small section of the track turns it into another classic Madonna dancefloor filler. The more I hear the track (and I've had it on repeat for at least 8 rounds now) the more I become immune to the picky details and the more I fall under the spell of it's limited charms. Plus, the telephone anxiety theme is an attractive and classic pop motif reminiscent of Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone" or Adult.'s "Hand to Phone". I'm anxious to see who will be doing the remixes this time, let's hope they do some major magic. Those of you crying "Oldfrapp" are just mean, mean, mean. I think Esther still has a bit of life in her yet...
Also, here's an interesting bit about how Madonna managed to wrangle the rights to the Abba sample from old Bjorn and Benny.
Madonna - Hung Up
MP3 4.66MB, 192 kbps, 44kHz

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