11 Songs. [1] Concentrating on her music career, Madonna was busy throughout 2001 on her Drowned World Tour. Neither using it as an excuse, as: 'I'm rebel because I had suffered a hard time when I was a child'. I believe more singles were released from this album than any other. The song peaked at number eight in the United States,[54] and number three in the United Kingdom. [74] The central theme of the show was unity versus violence. [8] Madonna discussed the materialistic themes of the record and her personal encounters which have led to the composition with MTV saying: "Who better to say those things don't matter than somebody who's experienced them? American Life is a folk album in the purest definition of the term—and it's reflected right in the title" and added that it has "an often ugly, lo-fi demo quality. Even if the sparer ballads are introspective, they're treated as soundscapes by producer Mirwais, giving them an unsettling eerie quality that is mirrored by the general hollowness of the club songs. [72], In 2003, Madonna collaborated with photographer Steven Klein for an art installation project called X-Static Process. [95][96] Another nomination was for a similar category at the NRJ Music Awards of 2004. [126] In Australia the album peaked at number three, before descending rapidly down the ARIA Albums Chart. She was screaming with rage because Miss Ciccone bared her Soul on American Life. American Life is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna. [17] About the musical composition, Ahmadzaï told to Remix magazine that they "tried to under-produce many tracks to make them sound rougher than the average international pop production. [24] Lyrically, the song expresses disillusionment with Madonna singing "I used to live in a fuzzy dream" and "It was just greed", also proclaiming that once she was "stupider than stupid" before stating "Everybody's stupid" towards the end of the song. [54] The song also peaked at number two in the UK,[62] seven in Austria and Australia,[63][64] and ten in France and Germany. [26] Lyrically, the song reflects on Madonna's childhood including her mother's death and her father's reaction, and the effect on their relationship. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the sum was considerably less than her previous studio efforts, Ray of Light (1998) and Music (2000), which debuted with 59,000 and 50,000 copies respectively. It featured Madonna in a seventeenth-century-style dress, crawling on all fours towards the camera. 'Cause I do think that we've become completely consumed with being rich and famous, our society has. But all initial directions of the tracks were made in my home studio. [23] After three minutes of the song, Madonna performs a rap naming the people who were working for her. [80] Billboard's Michael Paoletta noted the lyrical differences from past albums such as Ray of Light positively, saying "American Life relies less on spiritual introspection and more on woman-in-the-mirror confrontation. Available with an Apple Music subscription. One of Madonna's most underrated records was her tenth studio album "American Life" from 2003. American Life is just horrible in every way, it sounds like 2 or 3 songs just mis-matched and patched together, however, the video is rather good (better if viewed on mute). At the end of the music video, then-President of the United States, George W. Bush is portrayed by a lookalike lighting a cigar. You can lose everything because you can lose yourself. American Life is an album performed by a vocalist who has abandoned the U.S. for the U.K. and co-produced by a French techno mastermind, recorded during a time of strife in America, and released just after the country completed a war. [4] Beginning as a humble track that musician-producer Guy Sigsworth wrote for his wife, "Nothing Fails" also has lyrics by singer Jem Archer, who was asked to collaborate with Sigsworth and Madonna during the first collaborative sessions of American Life. Madonna Ciccone has done it again: The forty-four-year-old guitar player from London via Detroit has taken the pulse of the nation, if not the whole Women's Wear Daily-reading world. It was actually recorded between American Life … Charts", "Lescharts.com – Madonna – American Life", "Offiziellecharts.de – Madonna – American Life", "Album Top 40 slágerlista – 2003. [53] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian responded well to parts of the record saying "American Life's best tracks make a mockery of virtually all other current pop music" however his conclusive point in the review was that there was not enough of good songs. The poster released for the tour used one of the images from the installation project. I don't ever want to repeat myself or make the same record twice. [97], After its release, American Life debuted at number one on the United States Billboard 200 chart with 241,000 copies sold in its first week. [45][46] Another performance on Tower's Fourth Street in Manhattan was presented to around 400 people. But he used it to create a new groove. [25] A recurring theme of American Life is the acoustic guitar introduction to the songs, and is yet again featured in the sixth track "Nothing Fails". The worldwide singles were Die Another Day, American Life, Hollywood, Nobody Knows … [40] Madonna's website was hacked and the hacker added a message appearing on the main page, saying "This is what the fuck I think I'm doing..." followed by download links for each of the album's songs. The album, produced by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï, features references to many parts of American culture. "[38] Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker generally responded well, saying that at its best, the album offers blunt, questing and decisive music but the weakest point was Madonna sounding like a girl who's grown content with her husband and kids and the ability to hire help to do her bidding. [17] This approach was an imperative for American Life. [17] He explained that there are some influences from his work, but Madonna mostly wanted a minimalist structure for the album. Starting with Madonna's multi-tracked voice questioning, "Am I gonna be a star", "should I change my name", the lyrics then develop into what Rikky Rooksby of The Complete Guide to the Music of Madonna states as a complaint about modern-day life. [54] American Life became the first album to achieve seven top ten songs on this chart. [41] Liz Rosenberg, Madonna's spokesperson, told The Smoking Gun that the defacement was not a marketing ploy. Aside from “Holiday,” a song she didn’t write, Madonna seemed more interested in ruling the world than saving it back in 1983; two decades later, American Life found the pop singer at her most political, confrontational, and to many, abrasive. Credits and personnel adapted from the album's liner notes. While there are some interesting sounds on these tracks, they sound bleak and hermetically sealed, separate from what's happening either in the mainstream or in the underground. The title track was released as the album's lead single to a generally negative critical reception, with Blender naming it the ninth worst song of all time. [23] The second track and single "Hollywood" is introduced with sounds of tweeting birds, before an acoustic guitar starts with a four chord sequence that has been compared to songs by the band Red Hot Chili Peppers. American … [17] The mixing for the tracks was done by Mark "Spike" Stent at the Westlake Recording Studios at West Hollywood, California, while Tim Young did the mastering of the songs at Metropolis Studios in London. Throughout her career, many of her songs have hit number one on international music charts, including L… read more [124], In Japan, the album peaked at number four on the Oricon Weekly Albums chart remaining there for 13 weeks,[125] and went on to gain a Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) that same year, for shipping 100,000 copies of the release. Perhaps that's because she's aligned herself with such flash-in-the-pan trends as electroclash, a hipster movement that's more theoretical than musical, whose ill effects can be heard on the roundly panned James Bond theme "Die Another Day," featured toward the end of American Life. 18. hét", "Italiancharts.com – Madonna – American Life", "Norwegiancharts.com – Madonna – American Life", "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart", Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry, "Portuguesecharts.com – Madonna – American Life", 3, 2003/40/ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100", "Swedishcharts.com – Madonna – American Life", "Swisscharts.com – Madonna – American Life", "Myydyimmät ulkomaiset albumit vuonna 2003", "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2003", "Danish album certifications – Madonna – American Life", "Madonna : les chiffres de ses ventes d'albums en France depuis "Ray of Light" (màj)", "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Madonna; 'American Life')", "Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2003", Madonna.com > Discography > American Life, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=American_Life&oldid=989957131, Political music albums by American artists, Albums recorded at Westlake Recording Studios, Short description is different from Wikidata, Certification Table Entry usages for Australia, Pages using certification Table Entry with shipments figures, Certification Table Entry usages for Belgium, Pages using certification Table Entry with sales figures, Certification Table Entry usages for Brazil, Certification Table Entry usages for Canada, Certification Table Entry usages for Denmark, Certification Table Entry usages for France, Certification Table Entry usages for Germany, Certification Table Entry usages for Greece, Certification Table Entry usages for Hungary, Certification Table Entry usages for Japan, Certification Table Entry usages for Netherlands, Certification Table Entry usages for Russia, Certification Table Entry usages for Spain, Certification Table Entry usages for Sweden, Certification Table Entry usages for Switzerland, Certification Table Entry usages for United Kingdom, Certification Table Entry usages for United States, Certification Table Entry usages for Europe, Pages using certification Table Entry with sales footnote, Pages using certification Table Entry with shipments footnote, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 November 2020, at 00:02. In September 2003, following Madonna's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, the album saw a sales gain of 19%, but did not chart back. [25] "X-Static Process", the eighth track, starts once again with acoustic guitars and throughout there are vocal harmony lines in addition to an organ part. It was first released on April 21, 2003, by Maverick Records and Warner Bros. Records. And it follows through on that promise, sometimes explicitly and sometimes implicitly, but either way, American Life winds up as the first Madonna record with ambitions as serious as a textbook. [30] In an interview with Veja magazine, she described Guevara as "an icon instantaneously identified with a revolution spirit. The producer combines different samples of songs from his own collections and keeps on trying until something new is developed. [13] The recording sessions for American Life started in late 2001, then was put on hold as Madonna filmed Swept Away in Malta and starred in the West End play Up for Grabs. I believe more singles were released from this album than any other. [2] The event had a profound effect on American society, with the cultural mood being bleakness and paranoia. The title American Life is written in blood red color and has a punk rock style. “American Life” is the lead single and title-track of Madonna’s ninth studio album. Without a compelling back story, her songs seem diminished". The album is a folk and fol… The song debuted at number ninety on the Billboard Hot 100,[61] and peaked at number thirty-seven on the chart, becoming Madonna's 45th Top 40 hit in the chart. [7] Discussing her thoughts on the conception of the album, she told Q magazine that through her 20 years of being in the entertainment industry, she would have a correct opinion on fame and fortune and its perils, which would be the base of the album.[4]. [15], —Madonna discusses the track "Mother and Father". [10] Usage of the negative tone led Madonna to be sarcastic on people's assumptions about her and emphasize about her knowledge of romantic love. Still, she was not satisfied with the name, and finalized on American Life. [73] The publication was a worldwide success, leading to a number of exhibitions in New York, London, Paris, Düsseldorf, Berlin and Florence. It addresses Madonna's feelings towards old age, wanting to live forever, and coming full circle to a point in her life where she could be comfortable. [75] Although musician Prince's Musicology Live 2004ever tour was initially projected to be the highest grossing tour of 2004, Billboard Boxscore published that the Re-Invention Tour had sold 55 out of the 56 shows and grossed $125 million. [17] Madonna discussed the recording of the title track stating that Ahmadzaï had encouraged her to rap spontaneously, about all the materialistic objects that she herself had been using and doing. [27], In an interview with Larry King in October 2002, she said that she wanted to give the album a Hebrew name. [17] Wanting to have a loud bass synth sound, Ahmadzaï used a Nord Lead synthesizer with lot of filtering manipulations. [86] BBC's Ian Young also gave a negative review, saying that "the tunes are bland and weak, the lyrics are uninspired and self-absorbed and the semi-Ibiza backing music is bare and recycled—and we are convinced that she has lost it. [10] This was evident in the titles of the songs like "Nobody Knows Me", usage of "no" in "Love Profusion", as well as "Nothing Fails". Madonna promoted the album during a small promotional tour in April and May 2003. [11] The track is followed by the folk-inspired "Intervention" and "X-Static Process," both being reflective and emotional. Madonna – American Life Then A heavy-handed, “wake up sheeple!” political awakening Now A brilliantly odd peek behind fame’s velvet rope Madonna’s ninth album, a dissection of the American dream in light of 9/11 and the buildup to the Iraq war, was hard to love upon its 2003 release. On September 11, 2001, suicide bombers hijacked two jet airliners and crashed into the World Trade Center, resulting in the death of nearly 3,000 people. [17] The producer hoped that using stuttering would become a rage in the future world of recording. The composition throughout is generally minor,[24] but at the 2:15 mark, different pitched synths change manically, and towards the end the synths become less prominent as the guitars become the main focus. [25], Acoustic guitars introduces the seventh track, "Intervention". Music videos Edit Original version Edit. This song was even better during Reinvention because all Madonna wants to do is Rock Out! [42][43] Madonna also performed at the HMV store on Oxford Street, London to 500 people. [90], Jon Pareles from The New York Times felt that Madonna tried to be honest with the concept of American Dream in the album, but ended up producing songs akin to the "folkie psychobabble" of songwriters like Jewel. Madonna recalled that even she had been through such trials and those musings came out in the writing of the first three songs, the title track, "Hollywood" and "I'm So Stupid". These themes reject the reputation Madonna held in the 1980s, earned by songs such as her worldwide hit "Material Girl" (1985). [24] The fourth track "Love Profusion" starts with another acoustic guitar introduction, with rhythm being produced by a bass drum with synth-strings added later in the song. [27] French design team M/M Paris (Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak) were responsible for the artwork of American Life. [44] While in the United Kingdom, she performed "American Life" and "Hollywood" at BBC One's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Top of the Pops. [40][41] The website was closed after the attack for about 15 hours. Madonna then considered Ein Sof, which means endlessness, as a possible title for the album. [17] Madonna wanted Auto-Tune because she wanted "Hollywood" to have a more dance-like feel to it, although Ahmadzaï was against it. [52], Preceding the album release, "Die Another Day" was released as a single to promote the twentieth James Bond film of the same name. [14][15][16] For the instrumentation featured in some of the songs, Ahmadzaï played the guitars, and Stuart Price played the piano. 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