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Madonna is the biggest female star in the world and Music one of the biggest releases of the year. Continuing the electronic dance-pop of 1998's Ray Of Light, Madonna produced Music with French dance sensation Mirwais, Ray Of Light's William Orbit, Mark "Spike" Stent (Bjork, Oasis, Beth Orton) and others. In the year MM, Madonna's Music takes her to the top once more. Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)
Madonna's never really been a musical trendsetter; she's a trend champion. She's always felt an affinity with underground culture, but not until her soul-searching trip-hop breakthrough Ray of Light had this love been the sole mainstay of her albums. On Music, she's inducted the cool funk of Parisian electro-pop as the latest addition to her musical court, abruptly closing the chapter of the movement's niche status. Here, French DJ Mirwais Ahmadzai takes on the majority of production credit, with Light's William Orbit billed on two tracks; the result is a collection of songs that often links arm-in-arm with Franco-techno groups ranging from Daft Punk to Air.
Madonna relinquished unprecedented production control on Ray of Light, which resulted in the best album of her career. On Music, she does the same, dividing the CD into three distinct voices. Orbit's train-track-clacking drum loops churning under citrusy trance ("Runaway Lover" and "Amazing") shimmer for the headphone set. When Ahmadzai diverts from his pure-play French-style club burners ("Impressive Instant" and the title track), he employs several temporarily fashionable gimmicks such as vocoder effects ("Nobody's Perfect") and spacious keyboard work combined with acoustic guitar ("I Deserve It"). Lyrically, Madonna's introspection and love songs are some of her most intimate. Given the surrounding context of the album, "I Deserve It" is an outright folk song, and on "Don't Tell Me," she forgoes precisely enunciated singing for the aching plead of an emotive R&B crooner. For a second time, instead of exploiting an of-the-moment subgenre, she immortalizes it. And in doing so, she simultaneously draws massive mainstream attention to a deserving class of dance music and raises the bar for Top 40 pop. --Beth Massa
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The first time I heard this album, it seemed like the perfect music for the New Millenium, even better than "Ray of Light". An excellent album in its own right, I found Madonna taking herself too seriously on "Ray", whereas "Music" is more relaxed.
From the opening of Madonna's distorted spoken passage to the electronic blips and bleeps and stops-and-starts, the title track becomes one of her instant dance classics like "Into the Groove" and "Vogue".
The electronica sound reaches its apex on the darker "Impressive Instant" and throbbing "Runaway Lover".
For me, the album really kicks off with "I Deserve It". The surprisingly effective fusion of country-folk and electronica is most-evident on this song as well as the final cut, the equally beautiful and introspective "Gone". Of course, "Don't Tell Me" was a huge Top Five smash and the Thunderpuss mix may well be my favorite Madonna remix ever.
The opening of "Amazing" makes me feel as though I'm walking through a dream until the razor-sharp guitars slash through and that irressistible beat kicks in. I know many fans call this a rip-off of "Beautiful Stranger", but I love the lyrics and Madge's delivery on "Amazing" even more.
If I had to pick a favorite track from this album, it would be a close call between "I Deserve It", "Amazing" and "Nobody's Perfect", but the latter would win out.Read more ›
1. Music- An excellent track. The song is basically about having fun and coming together. Possibly Madonna's greatest dance track ever.
2. Impressive Instant- This song is nothing amazing, but more of an expiriment with electronics. All in all it's pleasing.
3. Runaway Lover- This is probably my least favorite track on the album. Unlike the previous songs, the electronic beat just becomes dull and uneasy to listen to, and the lyrics are horrible.
4. I Deserve It- The best track on the album. Not only does it have a catchy chorus and a sweet meaning, but it combines guitars with electronics(similar to the songs on American Life).
5. Amazing- This song sounds alot like Beautiful Stranger, only not as catchy, and unlike the song's title, it isn't amazing.
6. Nobody's Perfect- An excellent track. I love the vocoder, the song's message, and the guitars and electronics.
7. Don't Tell Me- A catchy song with beautiful lyrics written by Madonna's brother. The orchesta is truly amazing.
8. What It Feels Like For A Girl- A sad song with a great message, although I do think that society is just as hard on males as far as putting standards on them.
9. Paradise(Not For Me)- Amazing. I love all the electronic noises and cool Japanese sounding music.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is one of those rare albums where every single track on it deserves to be released as a single :)
This is Madonna's best album.... Read more
This album is Good. But there are better albums out there try Confessions on a Dance Floor!Published 12 months ago by marketminutdave
This is such a awful pressing!!!! Soo much nose and crackling and side two track two has a miss press so the needle gets hung up! Too bad it's an amazing album.Published 20 months ago by Janine Andrews
This vinyl record was a disappointment compared to the CD. It has less depth than the CD making it sound bright. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2011 by The Seeker
This Madonna album is good but if you expect great, you should pass! I like 2-3 songs & then I got bored! Only get this album if you are a Madonna fan.Published on June 29 2008 by Martine
After the sublimely trippy masterpice that was "Ray of Light", Madonna could have attempted to replicate her previous success, or take her career in a new musical... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Beketaten
I just want to comment on reviewers claiming that this was just an "OK" album, when in my opinion, this is a great album, although not better than the critically... Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by A. Garcia
Despite all the excellent reviews, the massive #1 hit 'Music' and top-five smash 'Don't Tell Me', many Madonna fans were disappointed with this album. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by dwatson82