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  • Audio CD (Sept. 19 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B00004X01U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 591 customer reviews
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1. Music
2. Impressive Instant
3. Runaway Lover
4. I Deserve It
5. Amazing
6. Nobody's Perfect
7. Don't Tell Me
8. What It Feels Like For A Girl
9. Paradise (Not For Me)
10. Gone

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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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By KaseyG TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 5 2011
Format: Audio CD
I admit I may have a personal bias regarding Madonna's "Music" album. Released in October 2000 and maintaining a high profile for nearly a year after that thanks to three big hit singles, this album quickly became my favorite Lady M album ever. It didn't hurt that its reign coincided with the happiest and healthiest time in my life.

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.
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Format: Audio CD
MUSIC is Madonna's very best album in years (the single and the album are both #1!!!). It has a very unique sound because it sounds really modern and new age as well as earthy and very nostalgic. MUSIC picked up where RAY OF LIGHT left off mixing electronica tunes with a beautiful voice. Here's my favorite tracks on the album: MUSIC -Reminds me of some of her older songs (like INTO THE GROOVE or EVERYBODY), very danceable, very fast and enjoyable to listen to. IMPRESSIVE INSTANT - This has to be my favorite track on the entire album, very modern sounding (tons of electronica!), it reminds me of the theme-song for Josie And The Pussycats. Madonna's voice on this track sounds especially high and beautiful. AMAZING - Really beautiful song w/ lots of great-sounding background music, sounds like a slower version of BEAUTIFUL STRANGER. CYBERRAGA -This song is only on the MUSIC single (and the Japanese album) but I really love it and think it should have been on the album. Madonna sings and chants in Indian and reminds us that a 'material girl' can do more that just catchy dance tunes. You go girl! So even if you're not a Madonna fan I recommend MUSIC to you because you will really enjoy it. In the year 2000 Madonna really does rule the world!! Music brings the people together...
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This vinyl record was a disappointment compared to the CD. It has less depth than the CD making it sound bright. The upper end is too in your face without the bottom end to balance it out. The vinyl itself is also not great, there is surface noise throughout the record.
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Format: Audio CD
I am one of those big Madonna fans who ran and got a copy of Mairwais' Production on import (the U.S. edition isn't out until January, but you can get Production on import here) in April to see what the new Madonna sound was going to be like.
After living with Production for 5 months, listening to it's amazing intricacies in what seems such simple music, and Mirwais' work with Madonna on her album "Music," I've decided that one album is incomplete without the other.
The songs on Production and Music reference each other both musically and lyrically. For example "Don't Tell Me" on Music and "Naive Song" on Production both utilize the "CD" skipping technique making you think your CD is skipping when it's not especially with the folk guitar, one of Mirwais favorite effects.
Do you like that beat on the title track of Music? It comes from "Never Young Again" on Production.
Paradise (Not For Me) is featured on both albums, in different forms. I tend to think that the Production version is a little bit tighter where the Music version sprawls unnecessarily.
Simplicity and to the point are the word of the day on both Music and Production. While this may be a great ideal, in reality it just leaves you wanting a lot more. Listening to both albums back to back gives a real sense of completeness.
I advise to get both albums.
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Format: Audio CD
If you haven't bought the Music album yet, then hopefully this review can pursuade you to. I have never bought a Madonna album before, but this album has so many good tracks that its hard not to be a fan.
The first, title track is a classic, dance orientated song. Its retro, and really shows off the orginality of the album. The next single is gonning to be Impressive Instant. This is a great dance track, a bit like Music.....and I think its probably being released in the hope that it will be just as successful. However, the best tracks here are in the middle of the album. The poigant, mid-paced 'What It Feels Like For A Girl' is destined to be a classic song, and is also the only track not to have contributions from Orbit or Mirwais. The current single, this is one of the best tracks on the album. 'Don't Tell Me' is very innovative, although slightly downspirited. This is another great single, and one of my favorite tracks on the album (I bought 3 different copies of the single!). Another one of my favorite tracks is 'Nobody's Perfect'. The best slow song on the album, Mirwais manages to make up for his other ballad failures with what is again a high standard-setting track. With its plodding, methodical beats, this is a masterpiece.
William Orbits contributions are less impressive. 'Amazing' demonstrates what we've already heard from past singles such as 'Ray Of Light' and 'Beautiful Stranger', and so although nice, brings little new to the album. 'Runaway Lover' is a mistake - a very dance orientated backing, with the vocals at an unsuitably slow speed. This pales in comparison to Mirwais dance contributions to the album.
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