CD Production (CD 1304606),
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  • 1. Disco Science
    2. Naive Song
    3. V.I. (the Last Words She Said Before Leaving)
    4. I Can't Wait
    5. Junkie's Prayer
    6. Definitive Beat
    7. Paradise (Not For Me)
    8. Never Young Again
    9. Involution
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): nave_498213

  • Credits

    Mirwais is Madonna's collaborater, producer, and guitar teacher.
    Personnel: Mirwais Ahmadazi (vocals, programing); Madonna (vocals).
    Recorded at Studio 2+B, Paris, France.
    Personnel: Mirwais (programming).
    Recording information: Sarm West Studio, London, England; Studio 2+B, Paris, France; Studio Guillaume Tell.
    On his aptly named debut album Production, hot French producer Mirwais marries the stylish playfulness of contemporaries like Air and Daft Punk with an even more direct pop sensibility. Not only does this explain why he was the ideal choice to produce the bulk of Madonna's Music -- in fact, that album's best track, the brittle ballad "Paradise (Not for Me)," is included here -- but it also results in a collection of songs that are as clever and intelligently crafted as they are danceable. Though most of Mirwais' stylistic touches (stark, sculpted electro beats, running basslines, and vocoders galore) aren't really new, the freshness and innocence he brings to them are -- this is a man who named his label Naive, after all. Production's electro-pop works equally well taken as a whole or song by song: from the slinky-yet-funny album opener "Disco Science," which appropriates the irresistibly catchy foghorn vocals from the Breeders' "Cannonball" and puts them in an entirely different context, to the dreamy, brooding house of "Never Young Again," Mirwais invigorates these vintage elements with the energy of someone hearing and playing them for the first time. Despite its name, Production has much more than pristine sonics in its favor. ~ Heather Phares

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (9/14/00, p.172) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Daft Punk-y sonics....A longtime Kraftwerk fan...[he] favors a stark, industrial throb..."
    Entertainment Weekly (3/2/01, p.68) - "...Meshing hard, sullen stomps with melodic warmth, Mirwais' music deftly balances darkness and light. A delicious French pastry with many layers." - Rating: A-
    Alternative Press (4/01, pp.79-80) - 4 out of 5 - "...Filled with laid-back, intellignet electronica equally suited to dancing and chilling, PRODUCTION succeeds through its deft combo of strikingly disparate elements..."
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