Madonna American Life (Warner) Rating: NN Rating: NN
The notion that the American dream is not all it seems may not be headline news, but it's enough for the idea-starved and controversy-craving Madonna to hang an album on. The title track's chorus tag line of "Fuck it, fuck it, fuck it" is the reason for the explicit-lyrics warning, although many will find Madonna's attempts at rapping in the same tune far more offensive. The Mirwais-programmed backing tracks are jarringly minimal and boldly beat-oriented, so the focus remains Madonna's vocals, which are electronically sweetened to sound more youthfully appealing. Certainly, such banal rhymes are more suitably delivered in a childlike voice.