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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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  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
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  1. 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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  2. 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
  3. MattM.
    Jul 28, 2001
    10
    This is the best album I own! "Music" is fantastic. All 10 tracks are breathtakingly original. Some are haunting, others are striking, but This is the best album I own! "Music" is fantastic. All 10 tracks are breathtakingly original. Some are haunting, others are striking, but they're all some of the best songs I know of. Madonna reigns as the Queen of Pop! 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. Dec 7, 2016
    5
    'Ray of Light' was effortless. It was gorgeous. Now, I don't expect any artist to try and repeat an album, but I do expect them to work to'Ray of Light' was effortless. It was gorgeous. Now, I don't expect any artist to try and repeat an album, but I do expect them to work to their strengths. Madonna somewhat does that with Music as production is stunning. The issue here is that it's a little over-produced. It's confusing. It takes over on too many tracks, making them neither dance songs, pop songs or mid-tempo. There's just something about the album that feels a little over-experimental. Sometimes, less really is more. Expand

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