Being one of the few people who see American Life as Madonna's misunderstood masterpiece, I was very happy to see this new Remixed and Revisited EP. It's really a tribute to the controversial American Life period in Madonna's career, where she received mixed reviews on all her projects. This EP proves that Madonna is proud of her work, and wanted to sum it all up in one pretty package for future generations to look back on. Certainly, the American Life period will be remembered much like the Erotica era. I guess the point behind it was to change the world - and whether you admit it or not, Madonna has.
The remixed and revisited EP is a nice resampling of the failed, but artistically daring, singles and celebrated performances. It's really a treat. The best tracks are the rock-influenced version of American Life (which finally brings the flawed, but fascinating original to justice). This is the way the song is supposed to sound - angry. The rap is the best part. The point is she's not satisfied with material things. Get it? The transition to melodic chorus is also much more effective, and moving, on this remix.
The remixes of Nothing Fails and Love Profusion, sadly, fall flat. However, Nobody Knows Me has never sounded better! The VMA performance and Hollywood Groove are gems and deserve to be included here, if for no other reason than novelty. The VMA performance was definitely Madonna's boldest and most fabulous performance to date. Note the difference between Madonna's voice, when she sings Hollywood on both tracks. One is jaded...sad. The other is happy. Her voice changes to reflect the mood of the song..and that is an artist.
So rush out and buy it...why not support Madonna's world education plan. Somebody has to do it.