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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 ›
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.
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.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 21 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
On "Music", Madonna's continues on the path set by her last CD, "Ray of Light", yet the result is anything but repetitive. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by loual
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