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American Life [Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics]

Madonna Audio CD
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1. American Life
2. Hollywood
3. I'm So Stupid
4. Love Profusion
5. Nobody Knows Me
6. Nothing Fails
7. Intervention
8. X-Static Process
9. Mother & Father
10. Die Another Day - from the MGM motion picture Die Another Day
11. Easy Ride

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Judging by her current pose, the Material Girl has mutated into the Military Girl. Indeed, this time out Madonna launches an assault on the miscalculations of her past while also airing her grievances with a troubled world. Madonna has always jumped on trends, but, for the first time, she leaps and falls as she revisits the minimalist synth-pop that she helped define in the ‘80s and raps like Debbie Harry about lattes and nannies. She also divulges career and personal missteps that her audience recognized all along, and had already forgiven--or embraced. With the exception of the entrancing Bond film theme "Die Another Day," the music doesn't measure up to 1999's Ray of Light and '00's Music. And while Madonna has never been a stunning wordsmith, there is a distinction between the introspection on those albums and the self-absorption of American Life; the lyrics here often put one in mind of a cathartic letter one writes but never mails. --Beth Massa

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Madonna ~ American Life

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING album!!! April 19 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I was a little pessimistic about this album at first (due to the rap on the single "American Life"), but then when i got the chance to listen to the album preview in mtv.com, i was completely blown away! It's quite different from all the things she's done before but just the same it somewhat picked up where the album "Music" left off and a lot better! Never a dull moment, all the songs have a strong potential to hit not one song is just a filler. I can't wait to get hold of my own copy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Pop Album July 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
In this day and age of pre-programmed hitmachines and over-emotive screamer/singers, this album will be looked back on as a true innovation. In the midst of syrupy ballads and by-the-numbers pop music, American Life rings like a crystal clear bell. It also is the first album where it seems Madonna wants to make a statement as an artist; an album where she wants to batton down the hatches and push off into Bowie territory. Fearless in construction, the songs strike before you can react. American Life stutters into existance, sounding an uneasy campaign against conformity. I'm So Stupid growls for attention. The heart of the album could be missed by the listener when confronted by the spikey songs that surround it. From Nothing Fails through Intervention and finishing with X-Static Process, you can hear stripped down pop perfection. Like it or not, you will not bear witness to a song quite like Mother and Father, guaranteed. Easy Ride winds and sprawls out to polish off another amazing addition to an already accomplished career. I hope this is only the beginning in a true sonic adventure from the world's premier pop artist. Love her or loathe her, American Life is an achievement. Listen with an open ear, head and heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna's American Life ~ 1 year later . . . April 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
Almost everybody in the world heard the single and title track of the 'American Life' album, and for the first time in years, people had an opinion about a Madonna record. It might be a difficult single to get used to, but it serves as a good introduction to the album. Too bad the non-controversy surrounding the video marred the album’s release.
On 'Ray of Light' post-motherhood she was spiritual. On 'Music' she was in the throws of Guy Ritchie induced love and a newfound friend in Mirwais. On 'American Life', Madonna talks and really opens up.
'American Life' succeeds as an album where 'Music' failed. It sounds like an album, with an agenda of what the singer wants to say. On 'Music' the mix of Mirwais, William Orbit and Mark 'Spike' Stent all producing made it sound unresolved as a whole and a bit messy. And it had 'American Pie' on it. Here the sound is consistent and as a result it's brave and strong where 'Music' was afraid to really go for it.
Initially it's not an easy listen. There is a lot going on here, but it sounds fantastic and definitely an album that you want to listen to again and again.
With her vocals right up in the mix, this is as close as we've ever got to Madonna. More so, than the last album and also on 'Ray of Light'.
It's braver too - no longer does she hedge her bets and mix an album with people which she scored earlier successes with like Pat Leonard on 'Ray of Light' ('Frozen'), and William Orbit on 'Music' ('Runaway Lover', 'Amazing'). On 'American Life' it's her vision and Mirwais's production alone - and it's all the better for it.
However, like 'Erotica' this album could be overlooked if people judge the album by the first single. And like with 'Erotica', that would be a real shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sign Laden May 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
Now, on first play, this album is a very personal one to Madonna, and you wonder how lyrically it can apply to your won life. Lets be honest, the sign of a successful song is one that is ambiguous and most people can relate to.
On second listen, it appears that this album is much more relevant to the listeners than you would have thought.
Its truly thought provoking and moving, and anyone with any interest in self improveent, and a desire to discover 'something else' will pick up the messages form this album.
Put the messages aside, its laden with fantastic pop tunes that only Madonna can write and vocally beautiful.
American Life - we all know this song by now. The one with the 'rap'. Most people missed the point, its meant to be ironic and she isn't trying to be Missy E! Anti-materialism...
The album highlights as follows (hard to choose, all amazing!)
Hollywood - the 2nd single. a fantastic pop tune and a real corker.
Nothing fails - muted to be the 3rd single. Glorious, moving and helped along by the London Community Gospel Choir. Like a Prayer for 2003.
Intervention - WOW - the backing vocals (by Madonna) on this track are outstanding and truly life the song to another dimension. Gorgeous tune, classic Madonna.
Love Profusion - another glorious track about love. This girl has found happiness, of this there is no doubt.
Easy Ride - beautiful, i love the fusion between orchestral and electro.
As for the other tracks, I'm so stupid - a great rockier rack with her vocal sounding very 'pre-madonna' (fans will know what I mean).
Die Another Day - we all know this track. Perhaps not a great Bond song, but a fantastic dance track!
Nobody Knows Me - A great dance track, it builds and builds...The most electornic song on the cd.
BUY IT NOW!!! and hear the signs...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not the single
I ordered this item hoping it was the full American Life album on vinyl and not the single and was delighted when I pulled the full album in all it's vinyl glory out of the box. Read more
Published on May 14 2012 by Incubusboi
2.0 out of 5 stars Seeker
Compared to the CD which is actually very good, the vinyl version is pathetic in comparison. A sign of the times I don't think anyone in this time frame had the knowledge or the... Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2011 by Seeker
4.0 out of 5 stars American Life by MADONNA
American Life is a song that has a music video which is the debut video from madonna in 2003.
Love Profusion is a song that has a music video which is from the song and the... Read more
Published on May 3 2009 by Vanessa Rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars Really really loved it!
I really loved listening to this CD. Madonna has changed her style on this album & makes it very enjoyable. The accoustic arrangments are great & the songs are all good. Read more
Published on June 29 2008 by Martine
5.0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY UNDERRATED!
This Cd is EXTREMELY underrated, i have 4 of Madonna's albums (ray of light, music, american life, and confessions) and American Life is BY FAR the best of the 4. Read more
Published on June 3 2006 by H. Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Misjudged and Unfortunately Overlooked
Despite all that has been said about this album, then rehashed and regurgitated time and again, it is ludicrous to overlook the achievement of these songs which are so much better... Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2005 by Damion J. Rowan
5.0 out of 5 stars What is freedom of expression? Without freedom to offend?
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
This is Madonna's best work yet, Brutally honest, personal, sad, happy, uplifting and... Read more
Published on July 27 2005 by VIDA DEVILLE
5.0 out of 5 stars A M A Z I N G!
This album is the best album I've ever owned! Filled with suspenceful techno riffs and lush, dense orchestral motivs, this album is a MUST OWN! Buy it and you won't regret it!
Published on April 14 2005 by Andrew Moffitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
This CD is really good. I especially love Intervention and Easy Ride. They are so beautiful. American Life, Die Another Day, and Nobody Knows Me are great, upbeat and catchy. Read more
Published on April 6 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely one of her best!
I only can say that American Life is one of the best Madonna's efforts, maybe you hoped another up-beat album but this time is more introspective in lyrics and music, i think is... Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by fabritzio
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