Queen Of Pop, Madonna, has just released her 13th studio album.
The release of “Rebel Heart” hasn’t come without hitting the headlines for various reasons but let’s ignore that for now. Instead, let’s remember her previous twelve studio albums.
“American Life” is the ninth studio album by Madonna. This album is taking the electronic vibe and the acoustic vibe from previous albums and combining them together to create a brand new sound in a way that only the Queen Of Pop could.
Released on April 21, 2003, the album peaked at number one in fourteen countries. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI) both certified it platinum in recognition of one million shipments in the United States, and 300,000 shipments in the United Kingdom, respectively. The album became the 32nd-best-selling album of 2003 and has sold five million copies to date. American Life garnered two nominations at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004.
I remember really enjoying it at the time, let’s see what I remember now
Track 1 – American Life
References to politics, violence and religion – who would have expected this from her…hmmm? I loved the electronic intro and then when it comes to the chorus I thought it was awesome. Madge was slammed for trying to rap in this song but I kinda liked it
Track 2 – Hollywood
Done with taking a pop at politicians and religious figures she’s now having a go at the celebrity lifestyle. Good song and still sounds very current but here’s a tip…if Madge ever comes round your house don’t let her anywhere near the TV and definitely don’t let her use your phone.
Track 3 – I’m So Stupid
I really like this, again – it’s combining different styles of music and possibly has the longest lasting “Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii’m” ever!
Track 4 – Love Profusion
A fairly happy and positive song compared to the previous tracks. Madge must be in a better mood now as she’s even wearing a nice summer dress in the video.
Track 5 – Nobody Knows Me
Making full use of the vocoder on this track and it works well. It was a new thing at the time whereas nowadays, with the appearance of autotune it is so overused.
Track 6 – Nothing Fails
The first real ballad of the album and it continues with the “negative tone” of this album. I like this a lot and have listened to it recently. It really stands the test of time.
Track 7 – Intervention
One of my favourites on the album. It’s somewhere between a ballad and a dance track and in my opinion is a beautiful song.
Track 8 – X-Static Process
The album appears to be winding down and going into a chill out zone. This song is one of my most played songs of all time – love it!
Track 9 – Mother and Father
Bringing back the beats with this song and I’m guessing a very personal song from Madge.
Track 10 – Die Another Day
Madonna gets the ultimate music/movie honour with this track in the fact that it was used as the theme song for the James Bond film of the same name. Not a favourite of mine but good all the same.
Track 11 – Easy Ride
A fantastic way to end this album!
What are your Madonna memories?