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Jay ☆
post Aug 15 2019, 11:59 AM
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Will endeavour to start this today, and hopefully get through the 00s/10s as well by the end of the weekend!
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post Aug 16 2019, 03:19 AM
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QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Aug 15 2019, 12:59 PM) *
Will endeavour to start this today, and hopefully get through the 00s/10s as well by the end of the weekend!

Yes please! cheekkiss.gif
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post Aug 17 2019, 08:25 PM
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04.0 He's a Man
03.0 Sooner or Later
04.5 Hanky Panky
01.0 I'm Going Bananas
03.0 Cry Baby
06.0 Something to Remember
06.0 Back in Business
03.5 More
03.0 What Can You Lose
03.0 Now I'm Following You (Part I)
03.5 Now I'm Following You (Part II)
10.0 Vogue

^ An experience kink.gif Not really my cup of tea as the scores evidently show!

08.0 Erotica
06.5 Fever
06.0 Bye Bye Baby
08.0 Deeper and Deeper
07.0 Where Life Begins
08.0 Bad Girl
06.5 Waiting
07.0 Thief of Hearts
06.0 Words
10.0 Rain
07.5 Why's It So Hard
09.0 In This Life
-1.0 Did You Do It?
05.0 Secret Garden

^ I suppose I can appreciate why this album would have been considered daring/controversial upon its release, after all some of it is pretty near to the bone (particularly Where Life Begins!). I can imagine this must have been frustrating for Madonna who was clearly forward-thinking and liberated. It's a shame that attitudes of that time overshadowed the fact that this is actually a pretty strong album, and really well produced!

In This Life really caught my attention. It's such a tragic subject matter, but beautifully expressed. Pretty surprised to see a bunch of low scores given to it!


08.0 Survival
08.5 Secret
06.0 I'd Rather Be Your Lover
07.5 Don't Stop
07.0 Inside of Me
09.0 Human Nature
08.0 Forbidden Love
08.0 Love Tried to Welcome Me
08.0 Sanctuary
09.5 Bedtime Story
10.0 Take A Bow
06.5 Your Honesty

^ wub.gif I really enjoyed Bedtime Stories! Out of her first 6 studio albums, I'd say that this is the most consistent overall listen. With the first few albums I think I'd rather pick and choose to hear to my favourite songs rather than listen from start to finish, but with this one I'd be happy to press play and hear it all the way through. The R&B production is lush, but it's still pop leaning.

02.0 Eva and Magaldi / Eva Beware of the City
04.0 Buenos Aires
06.0 Another Suitcase in Another Hall
02.0 Goodnight and Thank You
04.0 I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You
03.5 Hello and Goodbye
04.0 A New Argentina
08.5 Don't Cry for Me Argentina
04.0 Rainbow High
02.0 Waltz for Eva and Che
07.5 You Must Love Me
06.0 Eva's Final Broadcast
05.0 Lament

^ I've never watched Evita... perhaps some of these songs would translate better to me if I had the context of the film in mind while listening?

08.0 Drowned World/Substitute for Love
08.0 Swim
09.5 Ray of Light
07.5 Candy Perfume Girl
09.0 Skin
09.0 Nothing Really Matters
10.0 Sky Fits Heaven
06.5 Shanti/Ashtangi
11.0 Frozen
10.0 The Power of Goodbye
08.5 To Have and Not to Hold
08.0 Little Star
06.0 Mer Girl
08.0 Has to Be

^ Whew. An album! I really shouldn't have waited until now to give it a complete listen. Sky Fits Heaven is my favourite album track so far heart.gif Frozen was the first Madonna song I ever heard and it'll always hold a special place in my heart, so that's where my 11 has gone!

08.5 Justify My Love
06.0 Rescue Me
07.0 This Used to Be My Playground
08.0 I'll Remember

07.0 I Want You
09.0 You'll See
06.5 One More Chance

08.0 Beautiful Stranger I haven't heard this for years and I've had a longstanding feeling that I'm not keen on it, but with this listen I'm appreciating it!
06.0 Be Careful (Cuidado Con Mi Corazón) (with Ricky Martin)
05.5 Let Down Your Guard
06.0 Up Down Suite


I've been listening on and off for 10 hours(!) but I'm glad I've done this. So many keepers from her 90s back catalogue wub.gif
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post Aug 18 2019, 01:59 AM
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Jay! Thank you so much for listening. Ray of Light really is a masterpiece and this rate is turning out a lot of Bedtime Stories lovers too ohmy.gif

A great rate overall - although you seem to have given Deeper and Deeper an 8 instead of a 10? U k? unsure.gif
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post Aug 21 2019, 10:03 PM
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Added scores into spreadsheet so no more editing now! Will still accept rates until the thread is closed.
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post Aug 21 2019, 10:27 PM
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QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Aug 17 2019, 09:25 PM) *
Whew. An album! I really shouldn't have waited until now to give it a complete listen. Sky Fits Heaven is my favourite album track so far heart.gif Frozen was the first Madonna song I ever heard and it'll always hold a special place in my heart, so that's where my 11 has gone!

I'm shocked it's taken you until now to hear the album in full! ohmy.gif So pleased you enjoyed your listen though and yes to 'Sky Fits Heaven' being picked as a highlight! I'd place 'Skin' above it as my favourite album track but I think 'Sky Fits Heaven' would have been the best choice had they gone for a 6th single. Presumably it was considered as such as remixes were commissioned.

Also yay at another Bedtime Stories fan! wub.gif
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post Aug 21 2019, 11:21 PM
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I'm really not sure what took me so long to hear Ray of Light! Better late than never though wub.gif

I wasn't anticipating Bedtime Stories to be as good as it is, mainly because I've never really noticed it being cited as one of her best! Having heard all of her albums now bar Madame X (a task for tomorrow cool2.gif ), I'd possibly say... 1. Confessions on a Dance Floor / 2. Ray of Light / 3. Bedtime Stories ohmy.gif
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post Aug 21 2019, 11:25 PM
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Stick Like a Prayer third and that's my Madonna Top 4! ohmy.gif
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post Aug 22 2019, 07:58 AM
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That's my top 2 followed by True Blue making it my top 3 happy.gif
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post Aug 25 2019, 01:54 PM
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This is officially CLOSED.
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