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  • Summary: The follow-up to Madonna's hit 'Ray of Light' was produced by 'Light's producer William Orbit and French electronica artist Mirwais.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    An absolutely amazing mainstream pop album.
  2. [Co-producer Mirwais Ahmadzai's] deft touch for crafting disarmingly warm songs out of synthetic tools gives Music a rich, human quality that nicely underscores Madonna's quietly personal -- if purposefully vague -- lyrics.... it's the music that ultimately sucks us into Music.
  3. A more thoroughly radical-sounding album than even Ray Of Light...
  4. The real standouts here, though, are the ballads. With "I Deserve It" and "Gone," the legacy of the corporeal and spiritual Madonna lays down amid the simplicity of basic percussive beats and acoustic guitar.
  5. It's her most patchwork record since the Sean Penn years.... In the way it tiptoes around sundry moods and beats, ''Music'' is frustratingly inconsistent, as if Madonna herself weren't sure where to venture next. At times, it feels like a collection of sounds -- clever, intriguing ones, to be sure -- that seek to compensate for ordinary melodies and Madonna's stoic delivery.
  6. Music breaks down neatly into three discrete sections, on which I'll hang the very technical names the dance part, the good part, and the dirge part. The good part, so named because it's really good, accounts for half of Music's 10 songs, conveniently nestled into tracks four through eight inclusive, so you can play that section over and over again without interruption.
  7. 50
    Music is a weaker record than its predecessor, with only a few tracks possessing the strength, pop sensibility, and hooks that made Ray of Light such a success.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. JoshP
    Jan 3, 2009
    10
    My favourite madonna album,Music is empowering and blessed with fantastic producers, lyrics and shows madonna at the top of her game-along My favourite madonna album,Music is empowering and blessed with fantastic producers, lyrics and shows madonna at the top of her game-along with Like A Prayer and Confessions this is madonna's greatest album ever. Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2011
    10
    The follow-up to the widespread success of Ray of Light, Music is Madonna's most musically impressive since Like a Prayer. A welcome embraceThe follow-up to the widespread success of Ray of Light, Music is Madonna's most musically impressive since Like a Prayer. A welcome embrace for the new millennium. Expand
  3. Apr 11, 2013
    10
    I will never understand why some fans dislike this album: MUSIC is in my opinion even better than RAY OF LIGHT.
    I guess that too many fans
    I will never understand why some fans dislike this album: MUSIC is in my opinion even better than RAY OF LIGHT.
    I guess that too many fans were expecting a RAY OF LIGHT PART 2...
    Granted, there may not be a FROZEN and a THE POWER OF GOODBYE, but overall the album is by far more pleasant than RAY OF LIGHT (which has too many weak songs).
    Not only the title track and DON'T TELL ME are some of her best songs, also MUSIC is an album full of hidden gems such as NOBODY PERFECT, GONE, I DESERVE IT, PARADISE and WHAT IT FEELS LIKE FOR A GIRL, her most underrated single.
    The only weak songs are AMAZING and RUNAWAY LOVER: they aren't bad per se, they simply don't fit in the album. Unfortunately William Orbit's sound sounds dated compared to Mirwais' one.
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  4. ZaneS
    May 6, 2008
    9
    I personally think this is her best album since the late 80s, and still hasn't made a record of equal or better value. "Confessions," I personally think this is her best album since the late 80s, and still hasn't made a record of equal or better value. "Confessions," "Hard Candy" and "American Life" were all mediocre, while "Music," "Ray Of Light" and "Like A Prayer" were all absolutely amazing. Stand-out tracks are the title track, "Impressive Instant," "What It Feels Like For A Girl" and "Don't Tell Me." Expand
  5. Dec 14, 2013
    9
    O melhor álbum da rainha da década de 2000, o álbum que popularizou o electropop, algo totalmente experimental para sua época e atemporal, suaO melhor álbum da rainha da década de 2000, o álbum que popularizou o electropop, algo totalmente experimental para sua época e atemporal, sua maior obra prima depois de Like a Prayer e Ray of Light. Expand
  6. Mar 13, 2015
    8
    "Music" is truly one of Madonna's more underrated album. For experimentation alone, this should be noted as one of her greatest.

    While it's
    "Music" is truly one of Madonna's more underrated album. For experimentation alone, this should be noted as one of her greatest.

    While it's not as perfectly cohesive as "Ray of Light", "Music" is sonically adventurous and genuinely ground-breaking. Vocally and experimentally, this was Madonna at her peak.

    It's not her greatest album, but it finds her basking in all her well-earned glory and just wanting to boogie woogie.
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  7. Einar1J
    Apr 13, 2008
    5
    Merely okay, and in my eyes, disturbingly overrated. 'Ameircan Life' was excessively better, and to think 'Music' could Merely okay, and in my eyes, disturbingly overrated. 'Ameircan Life' was excessively better, and to think 'Music' could 'par' against 'Ray Of Light', one of those rare masterpieces, is horrifying. 'What It Feels Like For A Girl' remains charming and very clever. Expand

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