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 direction.
She chose the latter, and though the album as a whole has had to grow on me, I think it's a great effort, and quite a funky payoff.
As always, she makes an excellent choice of producer, Mirwais, who can make his synthesizer squeal and beats gyrate seamlessly in a collection of fabulous tunes.
Though a bit silly at times lyrically, it is intended to be a relatively light-hearted album, and the opening song is definitely one of her best ever. Each time I hear it, it sounds fresh.
Other than that, the highlights for me are the excellent and fervent "Don't Tell Me", the bouncy collaboration with William Orbit "Amazing", and the playful, if a bit tacky "Nobody's Perfect".
Her album following this one,"American Life", however, is more solidly engaging, though both albums are worthy products from such a sensational entertainer.