By David Browne
Updated August 18, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Forget the garish video. Instead, head for the radio, where this fearless single comes alive. Harder than Ray of Light, ”Music” drenches Madonna in French techno, and it’s a perfect fit. Her voice no longer has the girlishness of ”Holiday” — a period this track yearns to evoke — but her heart and feet remain in the right place. Producer Mirwais whomps out a rigid beat and peppers it with electro-funk squiggles, and Madonna responds with her most throwaway lyrics in years — ”Music makes the people come together,” indeed. But this isn’t about deep thoughts, just deep beats, and again, Madonna’s astute trendiness prevails. A

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