Today in Madonna History: May 10, 2003

On May 10 2003, Madonna’s American Life album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the USA.

In 2008, Sal Cinquemani had this to say about American Life in Slant magazine:

In hindsight, American Life isn’t the masterpiece that Erotica so quickly revealed itself to be. It’s frequently self-indulgent, misguided, unpleasant, difficult to listen to, silly yet somehow humorless, but it’s also consistent, uncompromising, and unapologetic. The album is a testament to the artist’s willingness to take risks and her refusal to stay inside her comfort zone. In the grand scheme of things, the album might rank as one of the weakest in Madonna’s extensive catalog, and the ones that followed have been as good, if not better, but American Life stands as the last time Madonna seemed to make music without the primary objective of scoring a hit. It’s interesting to imagine what Madonna’s career would look like today had American Life been a success: For better or worse, that pink leotard and Justin duet might never have existed.

3 responses

  1. Over the years American Life has become one of my favorite Madonna records. And 15 years later…boy is it more relevant than ever. I won’t even get into it….

  2. In hindsight, American Life still asked the question “How bad can she hurt?” Madonna was angry, sad and enraged about how America had taken a wrong turn! I call it the female version of Plastic Ono Band! That’s right-John Lennon would be proud!!

  3. That’s such a positive spin: “what would Madonna’s career look like today had American Life been a success: For better or worse, that pink leotard and Justin duet might never have existed.” I never looked at it that way.

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