‘Hard Candy’ was billed (by Madonna and Timbaland) as a return to the sound of her first album. An album which grew out of punk and nu-wave (bands like The Go-Go’s and Blondie) but fused them with the (deeply unfashionable, at the time) sound of disco:
It was a sound that Madonna stuck with for a while:
By the time of her second album, ‘Like A Virgin’, the ‘pure pop’ sound was taking centre stage but the former influences still poked through:
The final traces could be heard in ‘True Blue’ tracks like ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ but, on the whole, it’s a sound she’s never returned to. Until now. ‘Give Me All Your Love’ is what Madonna and Timbaland said ‘Hard Candy’ was – a direct reference to how it all began and the most ‘Madonna’(the album) Madonna song in over 25 years.