Music - Madonna
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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
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  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: 27 out of 28
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  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. Sep 17, 2010
    10
    "Music" was definitely music to my ears. My favorite song ever is the title track and the whole album is simply amazing. She has not fallen"Music" was definitely music to my ears. My favorite song ever is the title track and the whole album is simply amazing. She has not fallen short of a great album yet and i doubt that she will ever! Definitely check it out Key Tracks; "Music" "Gone" Don't Tell Me" Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2012
    10
    One of Madonna's best and most innovative albums ever. Easily her best one released in the 00s. Confessions On a Dance Floor is great but it'sOne of Madonna's best and most innovative albums ever. Easily her best one released in the 00s. Confessions On a Dance Floor is great but it's a little bit overrated. Expand
  4. RuanH
    Aug 12, 2007
    9
    Excellent follow up to Ray Of Light, moving into new musical directions and sounds. "Music" is easily one of her best singles of all time.
  5. Dec 9, 2012
    9
    "Music" is the second part of "Ray of Light".Equally confessing and outspoken.Madonna's enlightence remains the same...Also,a brilliant"Music" is the second part of "Ray of Light".Equally confessing and outspoken.Madonna's enlightence remains the same...Also,a brilliant prophet to "American Life" somehow.... Expand
  6. Mar 26, 2012
    8
    Music is slightly overrated in my opinion. American Life is better, and so was Ray of Light before it. I cannot think of a weak track on theMusic is slightly overrated in my opinion. American Life is better, and so was Ray of Light before it. I cannot think of a weak track on the album, but the general feeling of it is slightly boring, and tracks are forgettable. Nonetheless, as I said, it's difficult to pin-point flaws or weak tracks on the album, it's just that it might not be music to everyone's ears. My favourite tracks are Music, Amazing and Paradise. I'd still recommend it to all Madonna fans, but probably not first-time listeners, as the music is harder to get into like most of her other albums. Expand
  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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