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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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Score distribution:
  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: 49 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Oct 28, 2017
    10
    Um álbum incrível, um flerte sensacional com o country e o folk. Melodias e letras gostosas de ouvir, simplesmente um trabalho fantástico! UmUm álbum incrível, um flerte sensacional com o country e o folk. Melodias e letras gostosas de ouvir, simplesmente um trabalho fantástico! Um dos melhores trabalhos da Madonna. Pontos para a faixa-título Music, Don't Tell Me, I Deserve It, Impressive Instant e What It Feels Like For A Girl. Expand
  2. Dec 18, 2018
    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 tracks 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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  3. Nov 25, 2021
    10
    Madonna is the MUSIC, and Madonna is the VOGUE. It continues the glory of Ray of Light, and accidentally saved the Levi's from bankruptcy withMadonna is the MUSIC, and Madonna is the VOGUE. It continues the glory of Ray of Light, and accidentally saved the Levi's from bankruptcy with Don't tell me. Expand
  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. Mar 27, 2020
    9
    It's a VERY GOOD start to a decade!

    So fresh and with the best sound of pop, a perfect successor of 1998.
  6. Sep 9, 2020
    8
    The real standouts here, though, are the ballads. With "I Deserve It" and "Gone," the legacy of the corporeal and spiritual Madonna lays downThe 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.Filled with vocoders, stylish neo-electro beats, dalliances with trip-hop, and, occasionally, eerie synthesized atmospherics, Music blows by in a kaleidoscopic rush of color, technique, style, and substance.... an appealing, addictive record. Expand
  7. Aug 4, 2021
    4
    It's just that...most of these songs lack longetivity. Madonna is arguably an icon, but this algum just don't get to that status.

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