Ostensibly a holiday offering, Madonna's "Remixed & Revisited" asks: "What if 'American Life' had been a rock'n'retro album?" "Life" was a dour effort, where Madonna's unsubtle and preachy lyrics

Ostensibly a holiday offering, Madonna's "Remixed & Revisited" asks: "What if 'American Life' had been a rock'n'retro album?" "Life" was a dour effort, where Madonna's unsubtle and preachy lyrics were married with boring, techno-beepy production by knob-twiddler Mirwais. On this seven-track EP, four "Life" songs are radically reworked in rock remixes. The best are Headcleanr's new wave, garage-rock rejiggering of "Love Profusion" and Mount Sims' fab restructured, retro-'80s, electro take on "Nobody Knows Me." Three stray songs round out the set: "Your Honesty" (a fun outtake from the "Bedtime Stories" sessions), this year's notorious MTV Video Music Awards performance and a remix of "Into the Hollywood Groove" (from the famed Gap commercial). Die-hard fans, even those unenamored of "American Life," will dig this EP—thanks to these thoughtful extras.—KC