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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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This is Madonna's best album.... I wonder why I didn't get it earlier.
This is also one of those albums that the physical copy is better than digital, the booklet is awesome and the cover looks even better when you have the actual CD ;)
Some songs are really catchy (Music, Impressive Instant, Runaway Lover, Don't Tell Me) and some have great lyrics (I Deserve It, Nobody's Perfect, What It Feels Like For A Girl, Gone) and Amazing and Paradise (Not For Me) are just amazing.
It's sad that the Canadian version does not include American Pie but that's OK because the album is perfect the way it is.
I like listening to this album before going to bed, or when I'm on the Nintendo Wii. I have every single song from this album on my iPod but it's even more fun listening to it in a real CD player.
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
This album is Good. But there are better albums out there try Confessions on a Dance Floor!Published 18 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 on June 13 2014 by Janine Andrews
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
Two years after the release of the multi-platinum critically acclaimed "Ray of Light", Madonna decided to return to her roots and do exactly what she is known for, dance music. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Acid Dropper
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