- Vinyl (2 Dec. 2016)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Rhino Records
- ASIN: B01M3Y3W7G
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
American Life [VINYL]
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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.Read more ›
I'll grade every song for you on a scale from 1 to 10:
1)American Life (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)
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!
It has followed on from the musical styles laid down by 'Music' and 'Ray of Light' but dot be fooled, this album is just as original as those which have come before. It blends effortlessly between high-mid tempo electronica and sombre acoustic ballads creating an eerily dark album.
The singles give a rather lop-sided preview of the general mood of the album. Though 'Die Another Day','American Life' and 'Hollywood' are good tracks, the true core of the album is the middle three tracks 'Nothing Fails', 'Intervention' and 'X-Static Process' all of which are superb, thoughtful odes to the life of an aging pop icon in the twentyfirst century. Questioning herslf, god and her career whilst reflecting on her husband and family.
'Love Profusion' is also a wonderful song and more typical of the general feel of the album than the first three singles were.
The album has taken a lot of bad press for its darker and more philosophical feel- not many signs of 'Holiday' or 'Las Isla Bonita' here. But for the most part it is a fantastic album of underrated, cutting edge tunes.
I repeat: Dont listen to the press, give this one a chance. I think you'll be quietly impressed.
If you want to buy only one of the 2 CDs available at the moment, I'd recommend this one. The other one featuring remixes by Paul Oakenfold and Felix Da Housecat is good too, but the Oakenfold remix adds little to the original and Felix' version is OK, but not one of his best in my opinion. Good if you like 80s sounds, but not for me. Alternatively, you could wait until 28 April and buy CD3 which has all the remixes on the one CD. Either way, if 'American Life' is supposedly the worst track on her new CD, Madonna's new album should be a classic. Now if only we could get to see that video.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this just because I didn't have this one in my Maddona collection, some great tracks on this C.D.Published 3 days ago by mandie howard
When you buy noe IT is not going to be a boxset.but I love itPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favoutite Madonna albums of all time and the best definition of her sound during the 00's. The gatefold vinyl looks great and the art on the inside is just beautiful. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
When this first came out i wasn't keen on the songs but I recently decided to buy this cd and it is now one of my favourite Madonna albums especially 'nothing fails' and 'mother... Read morePublished 6 months ago by sue
American Life was Madonna trying, and failing, to make her Like a Prayer for the 2000s. She tried to record something deep, profound and insightful for the time but it's just an... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jaron