American Life (Madonna)

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For the past several years, Madonna has been more obsessed with production than provocation, crafting highly stylized electro-pop that, while musically interesting, hasn't been consistently compelling. American Life breaks that streak, delivering the kind of controversy that once came as second nature to the former "Material Girl" -- not to mention an attention to melodic detail that extends well beyond the dance floor. While the disc does have a smattering of booty-shakers -- the Bond theme "Die Another Day" chief among them -- most of American Life is more introspective and rooted in acoustic instruments and straightforward arrangements, such as the surprisingly sweet "Love Profusion." "X-Static Process," which ...
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For the past several years, Madonna has been more obsessed with production than provocation, crafting highly stylized electro-pop that, while musically interesting, hasn't been consistently compelling. American Life breaks that streak, delivering the kind of controversy that once came as second nature to the former "Material Girl" -- not to mention an attention to melodic detail that extends well beyond the dance floor. While the disc does have a smattering of booty-shakers -- the Bond theme "Die Another Day" chief among them -- most of American Life is more introspective and rooted in acoustic instruments and straightforward arrangements, such as the surprisingly sweet "Love Profusion." "X-Static Process," which layers Madonna's vocals choir-thick, is similarly lovestruck, albeit with a twinge of insecurity that gives the tune added depth. The troika of tunes that open the disc are the rawest, emotionally speaking, particularly the much-discussed title song -- politically angled video aside, it's more self-analysis than social criticism. That's followed by "Hollywood," a gently propulsive track with warm, summery harmonies and acoustic guitars that belie the not-so-sunny lyrics about broken dreams. "I'm So Stupid" treads similar ground, its spare synth backing layered with textured, effects-laden vocals that convey the sort of bittersweet introspection that Madonna couldn't have managed even a few years ago. With the help of house production whiz Mirwais, who also worked on Music, Madonna has created a mature, focused collection of songs that sometimes soothes, often provokes, and sometimes gets her fans into the groove, but steadfastly refuses to be treated as background music. Dave Sprague
Rolling Stone - Ben Ratliff
Essentially, she does what John Lennon did in 1970 on Plastic Ono Band: declare selflessness, unplug the TV, tighten up the nuclear family.
Entertainment Weekly - Ken Tucker
Collaborating again with Music's coproducer, Mirwais, Madonna has developed a mixture of acoustic and techno, of full-throated crooning and tight-larynxed hectoring, in lovely songs such as "Love Profusion," "Nothing Fails," and "Intervention." [B-]
New York Post
1/2 After listening to songs in which Madonna shows her insecurities, and her feelings about her parents and what love means, you feel you were allowed access into her private world. Dan Aquilante

Collaborating again with Music's coproducer, Mirwais, Madonna has developed a mixture of acoustic and techno, of full-throated crooning and tight-larynxed hectoring, in lovely songs such as "Love Profusion," "Nothing Fails," and "Intervention." [B-]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 093624844020
  • Catalog Number: 894788

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 American Life
  2. 2 Hollywood
  3. 3 I'm So Stupid
  4. 4 Love Profusion
  5. 5 Nobody Knows Me
  6. 6 Nothing Fails
  7. 7 Intervention
  8. 8 X-Static Process
  9. 9 Mother & Father
  10. 10 Die Another Day
  11. 11 Easy Ride
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Madonna A L IS HER BEST !!

    No one thought she could match the success she had on Ray of Light....Well, she has and then some. Shes so focused now, and its only just begun for Madonna fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Madonna's Absolute FLOP

    I could have expected anything from Madonna but not anything like this album. First of all, the limited edition CD is not worth of $21! It has a terrible poster in it on very poor quality paper without any lyrics, track listing on a separate piece of paper. This is a rip off, Madonna. When she pulled out the Video for the title track, they also removed the DVD from the ltd. edition package, I guess they should have changed the price too...it say it has extras but CD only includes links to Madonna website, nothing recorded to the CD. About music: I have been a Madonna fan since 1999, and I can say this is the worst album of hers, worst vocals - singing like a robot or Britney Spears, worst mixing - same instrumental that she have had on Music album and almost very similar songs, nothing new. Look what Mirwais has done to Madonna! Made her a teenage singer back again. It is truly shameful Madonna when you just start thinking about how to rip off people and make more money. You could not have done this after such a beautiful albums of yours like Erotica (best ever), Bedtime Story and Ray of Light. Think about amazing music and videos you made before, may be you did not sell as much as you do now, but you were the most individual, most elegant and provocative, most important the ONLY ONE! Now you are just among Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and other stupid music makers. SHAME ON YOU!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Madonna still #1. She has earned it!!!!

    Yes! Madonna does it well again and as far as I am concerned she will remain #1 as long as she is able to make music.Yes Madonna you can do comedy as well. Alot of people can't relate to her, however there ALOT more that can. Nothing fails and everyone IS stupid in a way that you have to be really deep into yourself to relize the lyrics "Madonna" has touched bases on this album is so "TRUE" that tolerance for ignorance has to stop. Two thumbs up for Regis and Kelly such a great show had to record it while at work and Madonna is and always will be #1 to her truest fans. Thanx for bringing me innner peace that whatever madonna has to say DOES matter nothing else. C.K.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bravo Madonna

    Electronics take a back seat and acostics take center stage. Madonna's vocals are deep, raw and very emotional( I love x-satic process. The vocodor effect in music was cool but its nice to hear madonna's voice permeate through the music

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