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  • Summary: Madonna's second collaboration with French electronic producer Mirwais includes the lead single title track as well as her recent James Bond theme, "Die Another Day."

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Die Another Day
I'm gonna wake up Yes and no! I'm gonna kiss Some part of I'm gonna keep This secret I'm gonna close My body now I guess I die Another day I guess I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Aside from the thumping groove of "Nobody Knows Me" and a few other bouncy beats, much of the electro style Madonna experimented with on 2000's Music has been replaced with warmer sounds and earthy touches, like acoustic guitars and a choir that comes from nowhere on "Nothing Fails."
  2. Unlike recent collections Music and Ray of Light, the lyrical content of American Life relies less on spiritual introspection and more on woman-in-the-mirror confrontation.
  3. All perfectly good stuff, technically excellent. But 'American Life' also feels like an unnecessary sequel, a 'Men In Black II', made because hell, if it ain't broke...
  4. Q Magazine
    60
    It's a record about being Madonna. [Jun 2003, p.90]
  5. Overall, American Life is better for what it promises than what it delivers, and it's better in theory than practice.
  6. Blender
    60
    That's both the best and the worst thing about this album: The music is much more eloquent than the lyrics. [May 2003, p.112]
  7. Even modest expectations can't salvage the clunky, ponderous American Life, which fares only slightly better than "Hanky Panky" and Swept Away on her list of offenses.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 81
  2. Negative: 2 out of 81
  1. Mar 26, 2012
    10
    American Life is Madonna's most underrated album. You can tell from reviews all around the web that it's a love it or hate it album. It'sAmerican Life is Madonna's most underrated album. You can tell from reviews all around the web that it's a love it or hate it album. It's definitely not in-your-face pop, so I would avoid this one if you're just looking for radio-friendly material. On this album, we see Madonna at her most vulnerable. From the cynical American Life to the touching Mother and Father, Madonna takes us on a tour of her world. I applaud her guts, especially for the American Life video, which raised controversy like never before. Notable tracks: American Life, Love Profusion, Nothing Fails, X-Static Process. Expand
  2. EdijsG.
    Feb 23, 2009
    10
    I have to give a credit for this album, because i didn't like it when i heard it first time .. i still remember and that it just stayed I have to give a credit for this album, because i didn't like it when i heard it first time .. i still remember and that it just stayed there for fue weeks, and than i started to listen again and this is the best album still for me, love all the songs. This is better than MUSIC, Ray of light or Confessions, at least for me. Thy lyrics are good and the feeling that this cd gives is undescribable - magic happens. Expand
  3. Fabio
    Jun 12, 2004
    10
    Genius!
  4. AndrewL
    May 21, 2003
    9
    Give it a few listens before making up your mind. This is truly her best albulm.
  5. Oct 22, 2017
    9
    Her most underrated album is more than an annoying songs (American Life, I'm so stupid), is about the contradiction she's in, and her struggleHer most underrated album is more than an annoying songs (American Life, I'm so stupid), is about the contradiction she's in, and her struggle to look herself in the American dream mirror. The critics only hate the album because her point of view, which is, at least, polemic. The highlights are the ballads: Nothing Fails, Intervention, X-Static Process and Easy Ride. Expand
  6. DrewK
    Nov 21, 2005
    8
    Now that "Confessions..." has come out and I have listened to "American Life" numerous times. This album is underestimated. It takes sometime Now that "Confessions..." has come out and I have listened to "American Life" numerous times. This album is underestimated. It takes sometime to warm up to though. The lyrical content is better than "Confessions..." Key songs "Love Profusion", "Intervention", "American Life" (minus rapping), "Mother and Father", "X-Static Process". As time goes this album will be considered just as good as her other albums. Expand
  7. abern
    Jul 3, 2005
    0
    a big letdown. could this be the end of her musical career?

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