Doing a 180: Madonna, AMERICAN LIFE / MUSIC
Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You’re welcome.
AMERICAN LIFE: Released on the heels of Madonna’s theme song for the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day – in case you’re wondering, yes, the track is included here as well – this was a concept album revolving around materialism and the American Dream. If you don’t remember it from its title track, then perhaps one of the other three singles (“Hollywood,” “Nothing Fails,” and “Love Profusion,” all of which hit #1 on the Billboard Dance chart) will strike a chord.
MUSIC: Not only was this album both a creative and commercial success, but the title track of MUSIC gave Madonna another #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, making it an even dozen at that point. Beyond that, she also pulled a top-5 hit with “Don’t Tell Me,” with the album’s third single, “What It Feels Like for a Girl,” hitting the top 30. Meanwhile, “Impressive Instant” filled dance floors everywhere, and despite the fact that it was only released as a promo, it nonetheless hit the top of the Hot Dance Club Play chart.