Now, I actually liked American Life, so I kind of don't see the point when people say that this is a comeback to her old self.
Certainly, for a while there, Madonna was writing and putting out music that was a little bit more personal and already quite confessional – and tremendously beautiful (listen to "Nothing Fails," "Intervention," and "X-Static Process," if you don't believe me) – but perhaps too serious-minded for those who like their Madonna a bit more light-hearted.
This is why I think it's a little bit funny that she should choose to call her new album Confessions on a Dance Floor, because at this point we all know how she felt growing up without her mother (check out "Mother and Father"), that she's no longer a Material Girl, that she has a family that she loves, and that a significant part of her life is devoted to the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment.
So what more could Madonna confess at this point?
That's what I'm obviously dying to find out, and come Nov. 15 we all will. If the preview that's playing on her website is a clue at all, then Madonna's most telling confession is going to be, indeed, an "unapologetic" desire to have fun.
Update: "Get Together," "Future Lovers," and "Jump" rock my world. This album is so much fun!