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Madonna’s ‘American Life’ released 16 years ago

April 22, 2003 – American Life was released on CD/LP/Cassette/Limited Edition Box Set.

Today marks the 16th anniversary of this masterpiece produced by Mirwais Ahmadzaï (who also produced for Madonna’s upcoming album, Madame X) and Madonna herself, including classics and fan-favorites such as ‘Easy Ride’, ‘Nobody Knows Me’, ‘Mother and Father’ and the controversial lead single ‘American Life’.

The album cover of ‘American Life’ as shot by Craig McDean, shows similarity to Che Guevara.

This album, now become a favorite of the fans and general public, has then been received poorly due to all of the backlash following the album’s political imagery and the censored ‘American Life’ video, originally shot by Jonas Akerlund, which featured references to the war in Iraq, including video footage depicting scenes from war, limbless soldiers trailing blood down the catwalk, Madonna throwing a grenade and, in it’s very first version, George W. Bush catching the same grenade and using it to light up a cigar. All of the ‘violent’ clips were banned and a new version featuring Madonna with a ‘flags’ changing background was created and released to the TVs, but the damage was already done.

16 years later, we can say Madonna has crafted one of her best albums to date, using Avant-garde Futuristic Lo-Fi sounds which still sound current to this day. From the folk-inspired rough ballad ‘X-Static Process’ where Madonna is stripped of everything but a guitar and her own vocals, to the Orchestra-driven pop track ‘Easy Ride’ which is still one of our favorite tracks by Madonna. This album contains a multitude of genres which unexpectedly work together so well, something that we think might have lacked in some of Madonna’s latest albums.

Madonna on set of the ‘American Life’ music video, shot by Jonas Akerlund.

What is your favorite song of the album? Let us know in the comments.