Madonna ditches messages and ballads with her new album due in November focussed squarely on dance-driven pop, all thanks to her producer Jacques Lu Cont.
Stuart Price, or Jacques Lu Cont for those in the know, was the musical director for Madonna's ‘Re-Invention Tour' last time around and also co-writer of the track 'X-Static Process' from “American Life.” This time he has produced the first single and record. He has also been quite busy as his other productions for Juliet in ‘Avalon’ and ‘Ride the Pain’ that have crossed-over to the pop charts, giving the underground producer more visibility and attention from mainstream artists.
Confessions is currently being mixed in Los Angeles with the photo shoot of the album cover to follow in the coming month by Steven Klein, who is also expected to direct the video for the ‘Hung Up.’
The new album has taken a different turn compared to 2003’s “American Life” which saw the Material Girl become more outspoken in her views in her music. This time around, Madonna looks to have focused all her energy to what made her a household name – dance music. In its core, the album has been described from inside Maverick Records as “entirely a dance-driven pop disc. No message. No ballads. All fun.”
Also to note, a previously unreleased remix of "Easy Ride" has become available on Tracy Young's new compilation Danceculture, which was released days ago on August 9.