Music

Music

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"Do you like to boogie woogie?" inquires Madonna on the title track of her eagerly awaited ninth studio release, Music. Picking up where the Eastern spirituality-centric Ray of Light left off in 1998, Music takes Top 40 listeners on a musical odyssey through Europe's underground electronic music scene. Madonna

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"Do you like to boogie woogie?" inquires Madonna on the title track of her eagerly awaited ninth studio release, Music. Picking up where the Eastern spirituality-centric Ray of Light left off in 1998, Music takes Top 40 listeners on a musical odyssey through Europe's underground electronic music scene. Madonna collaborates with Ray of Light producer William Orbit on two tracks -- the whirling, synth-looped "Runaway Lover" and the twist-inspiring "Amazing" -- but it is French DJ Mirwais Ahmadzai who brings Music its stripped-down, techno-funk feel with hints of folk and country thrown in for good measure. Lyrically, this ten-track pop opus finds Madonna as charmingly self-absorbed as ever -- waxing poetic about living a life without regrets on the acoustic guitar-flavored "I Deserve It" and on the vocoder-voice altered "Nobody's Perfect." But just when you thought you had her pegged as an unrepentant diva, Lady M pulls the breathtakingly earnest "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (a dedication to her daughter) out of her Fendi bag. Throughout her career, Madonna has introduced mainstream audiences to underground trends, and Music merely adds to her pop-culture legacy. This time around, however, she's not challenging us to free our minds. At a time when the pop music climate has been polluted with overdone vocals, mechanical dance routines, and materialistic hip-hop (a trend Madonna pokes fun at in the video for the club-thumping title track), the Divine Ms. M remembers what first won our attention and once again makes us an offer we can't refuse -- an irresistible invitation to the dance floor.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Filled with vocoders, stylish neo-electro beats, dalliances with trip-hop, and, occasionally, eerie synthesized atmospherics, Music blows by in a kaleidoscopic rush of color, technique, style, and substance. It has so many layers that it's easily as self-aware and earnest as Ray of Light, where her studiousness complemented a record heavy on spirituality and reflection. Here, she mines that territory occasionally, especially as the record winds toward its conclusion, but she applies her new tricks toward celebrations of music itself. That's not only true of the full-throttle dance numbers but also for ballads like "I Deserve It" and "Nobody's Perfect," where the sentiments are couched in electronic effects and lolling, rolling beats. Ultimately, that results in the least introspective or revealing record Madonna has made since Like a Prayer, yet that doesn't mean she doesn't invest herself in the record. Working with a stable of producers, she has created an album that is her most explicitly musical and restlessly creative since, well, Like a Prayer. She may have sacrificed some cohesion for that willful creativity but it's hard to begrudge her that, since so much of the album works. If, apart from the haunting closer "Gone," the Orbit collaborations fail to equal Ray of Light or "Beautiful Stranger," they're still sleekly admirable, and they're offset by the terrific Guy Sigsworth/Mark "Spike" Stent midtempo cut "What It Feels Like for a Girl" and Madonna's thriving partnership with Mirwais. This team is responsible for the heart of the record, with such stunners as the intricate, sensual, folk-psych "Don't Tell Me," the eerily seductive "Paradise (Not for Me)," and the thumping title track, which sounds funkier, denser, sexier with each spin. Whenever she works with Mirwais, Music truly comes alive with the spark and style.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2000
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624759829
catalogNumber:
47598

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Madonna   Primary Artist,Vocals
Steve Sidelnyk   Drums
Guy Sigsworth   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Joe Henry   Composer
William Orbit   Composer
Madonna   Composer,Producer
Guy Sigsworth   Composer,Programming,Producer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Producer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Mark Endert   Engineer
Damian leGassick   Composer
Jake Davies   Engineer
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction
Sean Spuehler   Programming,Engineer
Mirwais   Producer
Mirwais Ahmadzaï   Composer
Nik Young   Composer

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Music 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The one before this one..."Ray of Light"...and the one after..."Confessions on the Dance Floor"...just totally kick-ass...masterpieces. However, I don't get this album, "Music". It's just totally annoying. I threw it in the garbage. It's that's bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, she rules. Her music is unbelievable. How does she keep up with the changing styles of music? Music reminds me of the old days of dance trax with an updated beat of the millenium.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, Madonna manages to deliver the goods! ''Music'' is certain to be a radio, club, and video anthem. A fresh new sound in electronica and 70's groove.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every Madonna album is something new...she takes you on a journey through ''Music''. Ever changing and always entertaining, Madonna makes wanna dance! Her first release off her new cd is amazing, and as always, better than you could ever expect. You will love it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like electronica and you like Madonna, Music is the song for you. She combines the genius of Moby with her own genius for dance beats.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes I'm definatley gonnna buy her new Cd Music!!!!!I probably might get the single too!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madonna's newest release is totally techno-fied with lost of energy! My faves are: Runaway Lover, Don't Tell Me and What It Feels Like For A Girl. Keep up the great work Madonna!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madonna once again is the trend setter... I really was not in to the Ray of Light stuff but, Music has brought me back. Music is like the stuff off of Madonna's 1st record , and it was the JAM in 83. This is the best dance tune put out by Madonna in Years....
Guest More than 1 year ago
She can still ''WOW'' us after all these years!! Even at 42!! A reminder that we are never to old to BOOGIE WOOGIE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new album falls way, way, short in delivering the standard of music that made Madonna a household name. Madonna is a has been that needs to call it quits before she damages anymore ear drums with junky albums like this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the priveledge of getting a sneak listen to THE ENTIRE album and all i have to say is...WOW. madonna will never leave you unsatisfied. here, shes more introspective but not in a heavy way. the lyrics combined with the phat beats intertwine to make this an album that will inevitably become a classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madonna will never cease to amaze and astound her fans , she continues to grow as a person and we have the privlige to grow with her... Momma Madonna still has the moves , and can without question '' Rock the house ! ''
Guest More than 1 year ago
After over 15 years in the business M! has done it again. She is sure to keep doing it until she can't do it anymore, and i for 1 will be ther every step of the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
madonna is brave to go in this direction. the album is great though. it has the dance flava that the clubs need and the depth of a real soul searcher. some tracks are very non madonna and different but others will make you want to dance instantly. the outstanding tracks are: impressive instant / what it feels like for a girl / and gone. my only concern is the album cover. a mistake if there ever was one. ditch the hat babe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IM A NEW FAN IVE LIKED HER MUSIC IN THE PAST BUT GOT SIDETRACKED W/OTHER ARTISTS.... IM A BIG PRINCE FAN. I LIKE UPBEAT SOUND TRACKS AND THIS ONE IS REALLY GREAT.ITS A GREAT DACE TUNE I HOPE SHE PUTS OUT MORE LIKE THIS ONE... IM WAITING FOR THE CD RELEASE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finding good pop music isn't so easy these times (it never was indeed). For the second times Madonna works with techno/electro DJ and producers and I really enjoy these CDs. Not only is she sensitive but smart also. A successful merge of mainstream pop music and quite underground techno music. BTW, people should have a look to the previous recordings of both W.Orbit (the Strange Cargo series) and Mirwais (his latest ''Production'' and the old-but-still-great recordings with Taxi Girl).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madonna never ceases to amaze me with her growth and transformation in music. This album is like a mystical journey through life. It plays like a soundtrack to an underground level that exists in all our minds. Put aside your simple minded Britney and lame NSync and give real ''Music'' a chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madonna takes us on a musical journey that many people have not taken and it's inspiring. Instead of doing the standard dance/pop that is the ''norm'' on radio, Madonna ventures out into a new arena. It's refreshing to hear a established artist try something different for her fans. I am excited to travel Madonna's road! Thanks for all these years of great records.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this album too anyone. As long as you like to dance, listen to dance music, love madonna, or are just curious about her new album.....you won't be dissappointed when you pop this CD into your player. A+++
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! SHE HAS COME A LONG WAY! I WAS SURPRISED WITH THIS ONE. TECHNO IS AT ITS PEAK NOW AND SHE IS ABOUT TO MAKE IT MORE MAINSTREAM. JUST LOSE THE HAT AND WE MIGHT HAVE A PERFECT TEN!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Go buy it today...you don't know what you're missing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Music'' is a great album! Can't stop listening to it. Once again, Madonna has proved why she is the queen! ''What It Feels Like For A Girl'' is a great song. I wish there were more songs on the album though!
Guest More than 1 year ago
what can i say she is awesome as usuall and she never disappoints.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With ''Music,'' Madonna has come up with one of her most satisfying albums, and certainly her most adventurous musically. Mirwais has done an amazing job of arranging and producing 6 of the tracks, and William Orbit's contributions add a sweeter balance to the mix. Madonna's vocals are hyper-produced on many of the tracks, yet several of the songs such as the excellent ''What it feels like to be a girl'' has her voice naked, both effect-wise and emotionally. This album has not been out of my CD player since it was bought.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Madonna's best, this album pairs party-up dance mentality with newfound maturity. Instantly accessible, the album gets better with every listen. And while it's not a total soul-baring success, there are some genuine moments when it seems like Madonna may someday reach the emotional landscapes of Tori Amos or Fiona Apple. Madonna has a talent for working with talented people, and her artistic vision is right on. Worth the wait.