4 Minutes [12 inch Analog] Single, Maxi, Import
MADONNA featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & TIMBALAND 4 Minutes (2008 German limited edition 7-track vinyl 12 double pack manufactured in the E.U. for the European & German market features guest appearances from Justin Timberlake & Timbaland featuring the album version alongside Bob Sinclar Space Funk Peter Saves Paris Tracy Young House Junkie XL and Rebirth remixes; single pocket picture sleeve)
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That being said, there are some good mixes that make this release worth buying. The "Junkie XL" and "Junkie XL Dirty Dub" are both the best cuts from the album. For once, the dub isn't boring and a throw-away track but turned into something worth listening to. The "Bob Sinclair Space Funk Mix" keeps with the trumpets/synths/zipper-sounds to give the song a more airy sound and removes the trumpets and drums from the original mix. The "Rebirth Mix" is different in that it has a chill-out sound to it, smoothing out the vocals and scaling back on the instruments to play more with the vocals. The "Peter Saves Paris" mix is good in that it features Madonna more so than Justin Timberlake, unlike in the original mix of the song. It's one I actually heard in a club and it is very danceable, fun, pure dance club with a big sound and heavy synths and beats. The Tracy Young mixes are okay but don't stand out that much when compared to the other mixes.
In all, fun, nice, very dance and club orientated. My only hang-up is that the remixes sort of blend and clash with one another and I wish there had been more variety to perhaps see what '4 Minutes' could have sounded like with a different consideration or beat, such as making it into a rock song or pure pop, something done with other Madonna songs on previous Maxi singles. But, with that, definitely worth buying for your collection and to add to your music library. If you enjoyed the "Hung Up" maxi single of 2005, you'll probably like this one as it sounds like a continuation of the song with similar lyrics and the clicking clock sounds running throughout. Check it out.
Very contagious to sing along as well as to listen to all the different mixes contained or my favorite one alone.
I'll wait for the release of the CD/album--whatever you want to call it. I just hope that if there are other songs remixed from it, they turn out better than the majority of these. Not worth your money except for the remix by Dirty XL.
On this maxi, Madonna uses several remixers including old-timer Tracy Young who already sounds uninspired and tiresome. Junkie XL does a decent job here with the remix which starts off with loud dance beats that eventually simmers to a slower groove about 2 minutes 40 seconds into the mix where Madonna starts singing verses over and over. The other worthy remix is the Rebirth Mix which when played in a club, is a sizzling anthem. Peter Saves Paris Mix is just a long regular remix which is nowhere as good as his promotional New York Mix. Bob Sinclair's remix is well, despite its title, hardly futuristic. It sounds more retro and dated. Even the Verizon exclusive remix of 4 Minutes by Timbaland himself sounds better than most of these mixes.
The problem with Madonna remixes now is that they are rather forgettable as Warner opts for safe remixers rather than cutting edge ones. (B-)
6 tracks, including one dub version.
What disturbs me the most here is the lenght of the mixes. They are way too long. It spoils a bit the pleassure.
Nevertheles, three of 5 mixes I find really cool:
Junkie XL remix
and Peter Saves Paris.
The one done by Tracy Young is nothing new. Just the same kind of mix she has done for "Music" for example.
This maxi has something that any other doesn't have. THE WORST COVER EVER. The picture is really unrealistic and both Madonna and Justin look very dull.