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Decent "Music"

  • May 29, 2004
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Not the best from this artist but still delivers on the level of entertainment and material. "Music" is different from other albums in that it has the trance, club, techno vibe that gives you the feeling that you're sitting in the middle of a rave. I say it's decent because while I like a great deal of this, it's also very forgettable. Unilke past Madonna releases, I actually have a hard time remembering some of her tracks and the music here.

Some of the stand-out tracks on this CD are those that didn't get a video treatment and weren't really spoken of until her Drowned World Tour. "Impressive Instant" is one track that takes Madonna to a new level. Her voice (as it is on many tracks) is digitized, broken down, remixed and makes for a pretty different sound. There's a constant beat that makes it all very danceable. "Runaway Lover" is done in the same manner. While "Music" is impressive, a lot of the tracks seem to blend into one. Little sets them apart from one another or makes them stand-out hits as one would remember 'Like a Virgin' or 'Erotica.'

Another good side of this release is that Madonna still tries to put some meaning and message into her songs. It's not on the level of "Ray of Light" which tries to reach the audience and have them understand the error in their ways and the role they must play as they grow older. That's okay though, because "Music" seems to be made for those looking to have fun and simply enjoy themselves. There are tracks on here that cover a lot of styles, including a blend of techno and folk and country in tracks like 'I Deserve It,''Gone' and 'Nobody's Perfect.' What's fun about it is that Madonna ends on a note about staying true to herself and her work, leading creatively into her next release of "American Life" where she talks about her personal life and the problems that comes with being famous.

"Music" is good. I wouldn't say it's as impressive as her other releases but on the level of creativity and re-inventing herself and her music, it's a successful and great attempt. For some reason though, "Music" and many of the tracks don't remain with me as a listener and that may be the same for others who are used to Madonna's earlier works. Still, it is worth the money and place in your collection.

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Music is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on September 19, 2000 by Maverick Records. A two-disc Special Edition was also released in June 2001 to promote the Drowned World Tour, containing an additional CD of remixes and the video of "What It Feels Like for a Girl". Madonna collaborated with French producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï  for this album. It featured mostly upbeat and up-tempo songs which further developed Madonna's move toward European dance music. The album received positive response from most music critics, scoring 80/100 from Metacritic. It was nominated for a total of five Grammy Awards although it eventually won only one award for "Best Recording Package". The album is also listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Commercially, Music  debuted at number one in over 23 countries around the world and sold more than four million copies in the first ten days. To date, the album has sold 15 million copies worldwide. Music featured three singles and one promotional single. The title track reached the top of the charts in 25 countries and became Madonna's 12th number-one on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Label: Warner Bros, Wea
Artist: Madonna
Genre: Pop
Release Date: September 19, 2000

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