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American Life [CASSETTE] [Import]

Madonna Audio Cassette
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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After stars reach a certain point, it's easy to forget what they became famous for and concentrate solely on their personas. Madonna is such a star. She rocketed to stardom so quickly in 1984 that it obscured most of her musical virtues. Appreciating her music became even more difficult as the decade wore on, as discussing her lifestyle became more common. However, one of Madonna's ... Read more in Amazon's Madonna Store

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00008V6EP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  DVD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will grow on you 9 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I know there are over 100 reviews for this album, so my lonesome one probably won't make a difference.
I have to say that this album is a fantastic addition to the Madonna saga.
It signals another change in direction for the star, using many modern influences.
First track 'American Life' is great, and the much ridiculed rapping is fine with me, as it always brings a smile to my face - and at least Madge rapped herself, instead of getting in somebody else to do it.
Second track 'Hollywood' offers some good rhyming and the video for this track was very imaginative. Also at the end, Madonna's voice is deepened and sounds really good - it's hard to explain.
Skipping forward to track ten, there is the Bond theme 'Die Another Day', which is a great song, but was perhaps not the best of Bond themes.
These three tracks are the current singles from the album, with the double A side of tracks four and six as an upcoming single.
I just hope that the negative reviews don't deter Madge from making future albums.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What can you expect if you buy this album? The Limited Edition comes with stamps, poster, and is presented in a white leatherette fabric box, silk-screened in black and red ink with a CD-ROM portion. The songs are soft pop and acoustic with some guitar as it conveys a more personal look into Madonna's emotions and views of the American Dream as it is not what it seems.
If you are expecting a "Ray of Light" or "Music" Album then you will have a surprise. This album is a more personal style of lyrics with sounds, beats, and pop styles not at all comparable to high tech trance club sounds yet very impacting to soften even the hardest of hearts. Collector's will find this to be a similar style as "Like A Prayer" as Madonna opens up and reveals more of her fears, visions, experiences, and love for her life, family and world.
Songs sure to be of great impact in my view would be "Love Profusion", "Nothing Fails", and "Mother and Father" as all 3 have messages that have shown how Madonna has learned to deal with certain issues of her life as well as valued what is important which is love and not material things. It is apparent that her learnings of the Kabbalah have had a way to impact her enough to have them in her songs.
The second single with video, or so it seems "Hollywood" has a faster paced tempo and a catchy type music that is sure to become a hit. "Nobody Knows Me" has a very techno electronic introduction as Madonna sings through the lyrics of how nobody knows her. Unfair critics as well as jealous people would probably fall into this category. I like that song for the empowerment it portrays since it shows confidence, power, and control are still strong in Madonna.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect followup for interntional pop-queen!!! 27 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
I can understand why critics disagree with this being a good album. It is a very odd album. This is the kind of album it takes time to like. But once you get to that point it's absolutely amazing. I had the exact same thing with "Music", but once I liked it I couldn't get it out of my cd-player anymore. This album is a lot better than "Music" due to its lyrical content. The lyrics may not be very deeply written, but you can hear real clear that they come from Madonna's heart. I'll explain it as a techno-version of "Oh Father" and "Papa don't preach". Only a 1000000 times better than that. The first song is "American Life" which everybody knows. If you don't like that song, don't judge the whole album based on that song. The album is completely different. If you listen to the cd in a store or something, start off with "Mother and Father" and "Nobody knows me". What am I saying though, the whole album is fantastic!!! Another great bonus is the tv version of "Die another day" with Madonna's laugh in the middle and the 30 second ending. To make a long story short.....BUY THIS ALBUM!!!
I'll grade every song for you on a scale from 1 to 10:
1)American Life (9/10)
2)Hollywood (9/10)
3)I'm So Stupid (10/10)
4)Love Profusion (9/10)
5)Nobody Knows me (10/10)
6)Nothing Fails (10/10)
7)Intervention (8/10)
8)X-static Process (8/10)
9)Mother and Father (10/10)
10)Die Another Day (9/10)
11)Easy ride (8/10)
I think it's pretty clear that I enjoy this album!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Madonna... i salute you!!!!!! 21 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is amazing, totally different to Music and Ray Of Light - her earlier albums.
Here we have a collection Of well written lyrics and fantastic music.
Lets start with the opening track "American Life" - This song isnt one of Madonna's greatest...it doesnt even come close..but it grows on you...its about how the we live in a perfect world where the public only care about fashion, glitz and glamour - sort of living in *THE PERFECT WORLD* while ignoring the reality of life.
*Hollywood* - is apparently the second single to be released...its perfect pop - light and easy on the ear - a good song. *Im So Stupid* - Not a good choice for a single ...very rock and pop....think Candy Perfume..but with less rock...i give this song 2/5
*Love Profusion* - This track is fantastic - possibly her greatest Ballad ever, The lyrics are beautiful and madonna's voice is at her fullest with more maturity than ever before, this would do well as a single ...5/5
*Nobody Knows Me* - This is a great song to dance to in the clubs, as soon as you hear it, you wont ever doubt it is a mirwais track, so many sounds on this one, bleeps and plenty of Vocoder involved here...Think "Impressive Instant" but with more stabbing sounds. a great song to get down and dirty on the dancefloor 5/5
*Nothing Fails* - The Mother of the album, *Nothing Fails* is sure to be a single - its very haunting and reflects *Secret* and *Like A Prayer* rolled into one, the choir is simply amazing, i defy anyone who doesnt like this song, the choir alone simply sends a chill down your spine. 5/5
*Intervention* - what can i say? looks like another possible single for Madonna with this one, very light, and plenty of guitar on this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very pleased
Published 21 days ago by Diana Rossington
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's quite a good cd
Published 22 days ago by kerrie jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect!
Published 2 months ago by FABRICIO ANDRE LIMA CAVALCANTE
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna means buisness
I love this album, dark, electronic, unfriendly beats keep it ticking along, and I say unfriendly in a positive way for the direction of the album is future pop not fluffy tunes of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Antmuzic
5.0 out of 5 stars American Life
This item was purchased as a present! but as far as I'm aware the person who it was purchased for is very pleased with the product.
Published 9 months ago by K.M.T
5.0 out of 5 stars Best M album EVER
True fans who know M's work know that this is her best.

1. American Life - Yeah this track ain't great. 6/10

2. Hollywood - This is more like it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. Hallifax
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album. Much underrated!
Ok, this is Madonna's 2003 album. After Music she came back with a brand new look and style. American life has a couple of themes throughout- Love, Materialism and war. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michael Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cd!!
Excellent cd!! Recommended. A really good selection of music. This is an amazing album - a 'must-have' collection of brilliant songs spanning the years of quality music
Published 14 months ago by Millenium
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record
Just a great album, so bald and different then anything she has done before. I loved it so much, having it on vinyl is even better.
Published 19 months ago by dj
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior!
s i m p l y d o e s n ' t g e t a n y b e t t e r !
Published 19 months ago by Christian Edlmayer
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