Jump to content

Deep dive Explores Madonna's 2003 misunderstood album "American Life".

Recommended Posts

In April 2003, Madonna released her 9th studio album "American Life" while the album and its singles was actually successful from Canada and Europe, the album like 1992's Erotica underperformed in her Home country the US, and just like Erotica it was initially mixed to negative reviews, but retrospectively the album had become praised, as it stands out against the R&B and hip hop landscape in mainstream top 40 Music in the US, but as this video states Die another day did go top ten in the US. 


So what was the problem and the disconnect between this album and The general public at the time, well it's simple, the album only bombed in America cos they supported the Iraq war and fighting back against what happened to them, however Canada, Mexico and Europe where the album saw huge commercial success and it's singles going top ten or number 1 depending on the country, actually disagreed with America and didn't support the Iraq war or war In general, Madonna said in 2005, we had no right invading their country, We retaliated what they did was wrong and our response was also wrong, So nobody wins at all. You can't right a right with a wrong like going into a country and declaring war. 


Billboard declared in 2018, on the album's 15th Anniversary that American life ended her trilogy of albums where Madonna was at her most David Bowiest in ber career.  


It was her last time seen as vulnerable and personal until 2015's Rebel Heart which explored both of her personalities the rebel who is on a mission to fight oppression and ageism, and her romantic side which is the heart. 


As well as 2019's Madame X which reunited Madonna with Mirwais Ahmadzaï as her main collaborator, which ironically saw Madonna get some of her best reviews on both albums after the reception of both Hard Candy and MDNA was her worst critical reception to date. 


Enjoy the deep dive on this amazing album, but as she states Misunderstood is a definite yes, but it's a personal favorite among her fan base cos of how personal the lyrics actually are. 


@I Always Sing Live

@Jordan Miller


  • Like 1
Link to comment

Leave a comment!

Not so fast! Did you know you can post now and register later? If you are already a member of Exhale, sign in here and start posting!
If you are not logged in, your post will need to be manually approved by an Exhale moderator before it's visible to everyone.

Tap to reply!

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

We noticed you're using an ad blocker  :ehum_britney_um_unsure_confused_what:

Thanks for visiting Exhale! Your support is greatly appreciated 💜  

Exhale survives through advertising revenue. Please, disable your ad block extension to help us and continue browsing Exhale. 🙏

I've disabled ad block