Justice not seen to be done

Justice not seen to be done

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by Karly Cox

Celebrating more than a quarter-century of hits, Celebration is Madonna's third greatest hits album, with 34 remastered tracks and two new songs, the title track and Revolver.

The album artwork is worthy of note in itself. The Warholian representation of a Vogue era Queen of Pop reminds us how far Madonna has come and how young she was when she started.

The collection opens with 2005's irresistible Hung Up, the first single off Confessions on a Dance Floor, an album which signalled Her Madge's return to dancefloor-filler form after the political tirades that filled previous album American Life. And this whole first disc is full of reminders of Madonna's skill for creating pulsing beats and captivating hooks, like 4 Minutes, Holiday and Ray of Light.

The second disc contains some slower numbers - the gorgeous ballads Crazy For You and Take a Bow, for example - and several lesser known tracks like Burning Up and Live to Tell.

Celebration is a great starting point if you're new to Madonna's back catalogue. The problem for fans, especially for those who grew up with her old stuff, is that there is no logic to the inclusion or order of tracks. The 51-year-old has an incredible body of work, and while this release celebrates her toil, a more carefully considered selection would have done it more justice.

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