Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Underrated Projects # 1

Madonna - American Life (2003 album)

This was Madonna as we had never seen her before. Political, angry and interventional, she was raising questions and wanted us to hear. Her song-writing skills were the strongest ever, while Mirwais - the producer - took his trademark minimal dry-beats sound to the extreme. The result was a strong and cohesive album, full of protest music and confessional lyrics but also love songs and pure pop sounds. Musically, it touched everything, from folk to french techno, garage rock, electronica, hip-hop or even tango.
Unfortunately, it was out during a Madonna-backlash period and ended up being her least popular album ever. Still, along with The First Album and Erotica, this is probably one of her best works to date.

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