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Product details

  • Vinyl (2 Dec. 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B01M3Y3W7G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • 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)

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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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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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Format: Audio CD
People seem to have been waiting forever for madonna to run out of ideas. But dont believe the press-THIS IS A REALLY GOOD 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.
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Well, once again Madonna surprises us with something, erm, different. When I first heard this track I absolutely hated it and thought Madonna had finally become too experimental. She had lost a fan. But then I heard it again and again on the radio and, like many of her songs, it grew on me. OK, so the rap isn't exactly mind-blowing, but it's a laugh if nothing else. However, skip to the Missy Elliot remix and the rap actually sounds quite good! This is without doubt my favourite mix of the track. If you like Missy's other stuff, I'm sure you'll like this version. Her extra rap at the start kicks things off nicely and surprisingly the parts where Madonna sings gel with Missy's reworking. A classic remix - much better than the original and well worth buying for this mix alone. As for the 3rd track, well, it's value for money at being over 10 minutes long but that was the problem - it started to bore me after 6 or so minutes. Not bad, but one for the clubs really.
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.....
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