On this date 16 years ago @Madonna
released her ninth studio album #AmericanLife.
In 2003 #Madonna
decided to further address her fame and fortune (she previously touched on these topics on #RayOfLight)
and was severely misunderstood and unfairly maligned for being out of touch, unpatriotic, and once again “over”. The general public and music critics contended that she was self indulgent, dour, and lacking any sense of humor or humility on this album. The title track was interpreted as a ode to her wealth and privilege as she names off a stable of hired help that helps her live the “American Dream”. But in actuality it was her own trip down memory lane to remember that things she once sought after and valued as the #MaterialGirl
were just that, things. On the album’s 11 tracks she explored themes of family, love, loss, and mortality not unlike the songs on RAY OF LIGHT. The only difference is that in #WilliamOrbit’s
producing hands the RAY OF LIGHT songs were ethereal, warmer, and inviting where as on AMERICAN LIFE in #Mirwais’
world the songs are purposely chilly, direct, and jarring. Staccato beats, vocoder vocal effects, and the combination of electronica beats layered under acoustic guitars created a sound that was unheard of at the time and labeled as a new subgenre called #folktronica.
This album is underrated and often overlooked but it’s personally one of my favorites as songs like #NothingFails, #Intervention,
rank as some of her best written and composed. This was her first album not to produce a @billboard #Hot100
top 10 hit (yes, #DieAnotherDay
was a top 10 hit but was released as the theme to the James Bond film of the same name 6 months prior to the album. Its addition to AMERICAN LIFE seems like an afterthought). If you haven’t listened to this album in a while, give it another chance as it’s not as bad as initially reviewed and contains some of her most introspective work right behind #LikeAPrayer
and RAY OF LIGHT. #vinyl #vinylgram #instavinyl #cd #cds #madonnagram #instamadonna #madonnafan #madonnacollector #madonnashowandtell @madonnashowandtell