Monday, May 21, 2007

Hey You

Sex romps, reinvention songs, and club anthems be damned — it doesn't take a die-hard Madonna fan to know and love her soft and sappy side. ("Crazy for You," anyone?) So it's not necessarily a bad thing that you can't krump to her new single "Hey You," a Live Earth–inspired track that's free to the first million downloaders before she sings it live at Wembley Stadium.

But this isn't one of Ms. Ciccone's classic party's-over ballads. With guitar plucking that sounds cautious enough to be M's own, a ra pum pum pum drummer-boy beat, and requisite string-orchestra swells, "Hey You" reinvents you-know-who as … a girlish camp counselor wearing a red-string bracelet. The chin-up platitudes here are too vague for Kabbalah propaganda, though. The sole innovation is a Möbius-strip lyric that could be used at Gitmo Bay: "First love yourself then you can love someone else / if you can change someone else then you have saved someone else / but you must first love yourself if you can change someone else / then you have saved someone else but you must first love yourself…"

I am left wondering if the daisy chain I just wove is strong enough to hang myself?

'Hey You' is free from MSN here.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me CS but I feel for Madonna and the continual jibes surrounding her lyrical content which has been a running theme with critics especially in recent times. You try churning out lyrics for well over 200 songs over 25 years and see if you can still 'get your fresh on' with every number. Take it from me, I'm a songwriter, and still find writing lyrics to my melodies the toughest part of the songwriting process.
Hey you...what are you still waiting for... go download this now!

3:10 pm  
Anonymous Tanya said...

Don't know anonymous but... well it didn't work for me AT ALL and I am sure this applies to many of us; it feels like one of the first Madonna's songs she used to make as album 'filler'.

3:12 pm  
Anonymous newyorkdaytripper said...

Hi ya City Slicker. Well, somebody who works close with Madonna emailed me (and I know who he is since he posts information on other boards). Apparently, this song was originally titled "Keep The Trance" and was a dance song. It was thrown in the vaults and Madonna recently got it out and changed it. She plays guitar on the whole song. So, in a way, it was a throwaway track. But then again, so was "Vogue" and we all know how that went.

3:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why all the negative comments- it's a charity song and it doesn't cost you a penny to download - msn is actually giving you the song for free - - if you don't actualy like the song then delete it and shut up moaning - at least 25 dent has gone to a good cause and not out of your pocket. If you give it a few listens - it's a grower....

3:15 pm  
Anonymous hb13 said...

Madonna sucks, plain and simple. She's definitley no Mariah Carey,and what is that saying?!

3:19 pm  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

I like it. At least she came out with slow song, instead of continuous dance and disco beats. I like varieties from her.

3:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

City Slicker -- I very much disagree with your conclusion in the blog, there is no genius involved in this track, no sound and no poetry... it's a poor attempt from an Artist that has given us so much in the past 25 years and that has constantly raised the bar of the international music scene.

I did not expect her to come with an outstanding single, as this being done for charity and also released so soon after 'Confessions' but I also didn't expect to be such a disaster, something that none of us would listen in a million years.

If it was not Madonna's, probably we wouldn't be discussing or listening to this song but just bin it straight away!

3:43 pm  
Blogger China Blue said...

*clears throat* "If you find yourself/then lose yourself/you might find yourself/by yourself"
Couldn't help adding my own lyrics, I'm feeling creative today...

Not being funny, but La Ciccione's efforts make dizzying reading. In fairness, most pop lyrics don't stand up to any scrutiny, and charity singles seem to be the worst lyrically. I (genuinely) wonder why that is?

5:09 pm  
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9:53 am  
Blogger AcidDrip said...

"Kabbalah Propaganda" eh? I take it you havent read "The Power Of kabbalah" before you can be so flippant.. be aware that some people take their 'sacred writings' SERIOUSLY.. luckily for you I am not one of em!

2:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jeezzz....all of you, get over yourselves. CS wrote her opinion and wrote it well. I dont have to agree with her to think her blog is great. Respct differences, dont be so snippy about your responses...makes you look bad.

11:06 pm  
Blogger *snake*bite* said...

Not really sure what to say as haven't heard it but will definitely listen to it now.

As for the only the first million downloads are free has she not heard of limewire!

xXx

11:03 am  

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