78 SCORE: 7.952 2015 PLACEMENT: DOWN 17 - 62 of 210 (7.902) HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 21 (@nikkysan @Sprockrooster @JMRGBY @DJHazey @Remyky22 @matthew. @soratami @Andrew.L @Jonathan27 @fatyoshi @torontodj @Babylon @RetroPhysical @joeee @Crisp X @eliminathan @Trinu 3.0 @nametag @Markus1981 @happiestgirl @Music Is Life) LOWEST SCORE: 2.5 x 1 (@Chezam) MY SCORE: 8/10 And the noose tightens around Hard Candy's neck, leaving it with just two tracks left! This song has been knocking around for a long time. Originally conceived with Joe Henry for the ill-fated Hello Suckers musical (WHAT was this musical even going to be about considering the breadth of songs we've heard that were for it?!) and even apparently rehearsed for Re-Invention Tour, "Devil..." finally found its way out into the wide world on Hard Candy after M reworked it a lil with Justin Timberlake before handing it off to Timbaland and Danja of Britney's Blackout fame. Apparently one of Madonna's favourite songs off the album too, "The devil not recognising you. Imagine that!" she said about it in an interview... I mean I'm paraphrasing a bit, but that's generally what she said about it nn. I really like this track! I like that it deviates from the album's M.O. of fairly standard pop-RnB to offer something a little bit different and more atmospheric, and Madonna locked in emotional warfare with a man that only she can see through while no one else can clock him is a great premise for the song. I also enjoy that it takes its time to unfurl a little; Miss Timberlake provides an appropriately dramatic vocal breakdown as he howls and yowls over the instrumental as it breaks down to its barest parts, and the lyrics across the board are solid. The verses in particular are some poetic nonsense that Madonna fills with just the right amount of danger and intrigue. So yes, a good track! However, probably the right time for it to go. The song was performed during Sticky & Sweet in that super cool light cylinder thing at the end of the runway, in which Madonna serves dementor realness with her outfit (and not her vocals, which is a rarity for this tour) on top of the piano before shucking her cloak to reveal... that fucking outfit with the beads that seemed to be the only costume for Sticky & Sweet that wasn't sports wear. Enjoy!