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.

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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
Madonna has done it again alright! She is not just about music though. She is about style,trends,excitement,shock,and talent. She is always one step ahead of the business. She has proven once again to be the Queen of Pop. She is truely an icon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
She's the epitome of our time. She's Madonna! What else can you say about her that isn't redundant? She is vulnerable with age in an industry that has tried to tear her to shreds yet she overcomes. Not afraid to show that side of her that is scared. If there is one person that could change the world it's her but of course they'll shoot her if she ever got political. She knows this. Too bad John Lennon didn't...or did he? I guess she's leaving the love inside her that she has given us so that her children can enjoy her and remember her. Like everyone else....people forget you - no matter who you are but at least she can give her accomplishments as a gift to her children. Her life! As so many are quick to denegrate Madonna she as a woman has done so much in media to help so many different stereotypes. It's hard to see it because the imprisoned always player hate and never let you just listen or look without them HAVING to say something negative about her. You can't ever just say the name Madonna and not get extreme reactions whether love or hate but who ever hates her hates themselves for not being someone in a world that needs for us to be someone like she has. Those who love her see her beauty in themselves and who knows they may even change the world by experiencing her and make it a better place for the underdogs...women, single women, women who want to have children without being married, leaving a man that beats you, being nasty and disgusting...and saying hey that was part of who I was and I expressed it, women as icons, women as strong, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, african americans etc. She's given us all a voice. I'm so glad to have been able to grow up in an age where she was always on top she's Joan of Arc...she's Elizabeth...she's someone who has been with me all through growing up and so I have a place in my heart for her. She has been our God therefore I ''the God in me see's the God in her''. I can't wait to see her concert!!! Sandi T
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
Yes I'm definatley gonnna buy her new Cd Music!!!!!I probably might get the single too!!!
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
Go buy it today...you don't know what you're missing.
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
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
This is the best thing i have ever heard i heard this song from my friend and once i heard it i thought it was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love music! I love the song & the albulm. She changed her style completely & I loved it!
MushRoomHeadfan101 More than 1 year ago
yup everything about this album is just amazing just amazing from the songwriting to the production to the producers this album is just awesome enough said
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
This album by Madonna is a great thing. You won't belive how good Madonna is still, after 17 years, since the first album ''Madonna'' came out. I strongly recommend this work of genius.
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
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
I love it, I love it, I LOVE IT! Ok, Ray of Light was mega layered, this has simpilar sounds, yet still makes you shake that bum! Buy this album, you won't be sorry! How can 10 Million fans worldwide be wrong? Favorite tracks include: Music, Impressive Instant, Runaway Lover, Don't Tell Me, and What it Feels Like for a Girl. *****
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
''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
I drifted away from Madonna's music for a little while, and with Music am now a reconfirmed fan -- this is one of those albums where you love every song...and we all know how it can suck to buy an album for one hit only to find the rest of the album is mediocre. You won't find that here. I LOVE this album -- especially some of the mellower songs. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
COOL MUSIC, VERY DIFFERENT BETTER THAN N'SYNC OR OTHER BOY AND GIRL GROUPS! (my opinion)She is my favorite pop star! Age doesn't matter!!!
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.
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
madonna's new album''music'' is the best one yet even though it only has 10 songs.it's still kicks a$$
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 ! ''