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liamk97
post Oct 27 2015, 06:24 PM
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20 years have passed since Madonna released her ballads collection Something to Remember.

Madonna usually excels in giving a raw vocal performance that's rich in pain and emotion, but which is the best from this selection of some of the best?

Usual rules apply, one 11, one -1, half marks accepted. Deadline is Monday 2nd November and I promise I'll stay on top of the results this time (maybe). tongue.gif

xx | I Want You (with Massive Attack)
xx | I'll Remember
xx | Take a Bow
xx | You'll See
xx | Crazy for You
xx | This Used to Be My Playground
xx | Live to Tell
xx | Love Don't Live Here Anymore
xx | Something to Remember
xx | Forbidden Love
xx | One More Chance
xx | Rain
xx | Oh Father
xx | I Want You [Orchestral] (with Massive Attack)
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post Oct 27 2015, 07:00 PM
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07 | I Want You (with Massive Attack)
08 | I'll Remember
09 | Take a Bow
10 | You'll See
08 | Crazy for You
06 | This Used to Be My Playground
09 | Live to Tell
11 | Love Don't Live Here Anymore
07 | Something to Remember
07 | Forbidden Love
09 | One More Chance
10 | Rain
10 | Oh Father
09 | I Want You [Orchestral] (with Massive Attack)
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post Oct 29 2015, 05:27 PM
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07 | I Want You (with Massive Attack)
08 | I'll Remember
08 | Take a Bow
10 You'll See
11 Crazy for You
07 This Used to Be My Playground
10 Live to Tell
09 Love Don't Live Here Anymore
06 Something to Remember
06 Forbidden Love
07 One More Chance
09 Rain
10 Oh Father
07 I Want You [Orchestral] (with Massive Attack)

Could have easily given every song a ten I love them all !!

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post Oct 31 2015, 03:34 PM
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07 | I Want You (with Massive Attack)
07 | I'll Remember
09 | Take a Bow
10 | You'll See
09 | Crazy for You
08 | This Used to Be My Playground
10 | Live to Tell
09 | Love Don't Live Here Anymore
08 | Something to Remember
09 | Forbidden Love
08 | One More Chance
08 | Rain
10 | Oh Father
08 | I Want You [Orchestral] (with Massive Attack)

A part of me thinks I've been overgenerous but I do truly think this is great ballad after ballad.

More votes please!
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post Oct 31 2015, 04:10 PM
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08 | I Want You (with Massive Attack)
08 | I'll Remember
07 | Take a Bow
11 | You'll See
10 | Crazy for You
08 | This Used to Be My Playground
10 | Live to Tell
10 | Love Don't Live Here Anymore
08 | Something to Remember
07 | Forbidden Love
08 | One More Chance
09 | Rain
10 | Oh Father
08 | I Want You [Orchestral] (with Massive Attack)

I've stuck this on to rate, even though I've heard it about 100 times anyway. God, she really did know how to EMOTE back in the day, even pretty basic balladry like Love Don't Live Here is transformed into a fantastic track with her brittle, vulnerable vocals.

I also think this era was probably her peak looks wise. Classy and beautiful yet still sexual and vital. She looks incredible in the video for You'll See.
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post Oct 31 2015, 04:16 PM
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Definitely, anyone who assumes Madonna can't sing should nip down to the charity shop and grab this album. A "technically imperfect" voice usually holds much more pain and vulnerability than a "technically perfect" one.

I agree that she looked impeccably gorgeous in the mid-90s - hello 'Take a Bow' video.
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post Oct 31 2015, 09:44 PM
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07 | I Want You (with Massive Attack)
10 | I'll Remember
09 | Take a Bow
10 | You'll See
11 | Crazy for You
10 | This Used to Be My Playground
09 | Live to Tell
07 | Love Don't Live Here Anymore
08 | Something to Remember
08 | Forbidden Love
06 | One More Chance
10 | Rain
10 | Oh Father
08 | I Want You [Orchestral] (with Massive Attack)
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post Nov 2 2015, 11:00 AM
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08 | I Want You (with Massive Attack)
06 | I'll Remember
08 | Take a Bow
11 | You'll See
10 | Crazy for You
09 | This Used to Be My Playground
08 | Live to Tell
08 | Love Don't Live Here Anymore
07 | Something to Remember
08 | Forbidden Love
07 | One More Chance
08 | Rain
08 | Oh Father
07 | I Want You [Orchestral] (with Massive Attack)

One of the first Madonna albums I got and still one of my faves, this started all my Madonna love
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post Nov 2 2015, 11:09 AM
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08 | I Want You (with Massive Attack)
07 | I'll Remember
08 | Take a Bow
07 | You'll See
11 | Crazy for You
07 | This Used to Be My Playground
09 | Live to Tell
06 | Love Don't Live Here Anymore
06 | Something to Remember
06 | Forbidden Love
07 | One More Chance
08 | Rain
09 | Oh Father
06 | I Want You [Orchestral] (with Massive Attack)
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post Nov 2 2015, 09:56 PM
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6 | I Want You (with Massive Attack)
7 | I'll Remember
9 | Take a Bow
11 | You'll See
7.5 | Crazy for You
7 | This Used to Be My Playground
8 | Live to Tell
8 | Love Don't Live Here Anymore
7.5 | Something to Remember
7 | Forbidden Love
7 | One More Chance
8.5 | Rain
7 | Oh Father
7 | I Want You [Orchestral] (with Massive Attack)
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post Nov 3 2015, 09:06 PM
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Leaving this open till Friday and then we'll get started!
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post Nov 3 2015, 09:22 PM
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Lovely to see these high scores for 'Rain'. Easily my favourite on this wub.gif

I WILL BE RATING. Please pester me closer to the deadline if i haven't by then! Just need to refresh my memory on a few of them happy.gif
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post Nov 5 2015, 11:48 PM
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Closing tomorrow, more votes plz!
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post Nov 6 2015, 02:46 PM
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10 | I Want You (with Massive Attack)
07 | I'll Remember
08 | Take a Bow
10 | You'll See
09 | Crazy for You
06 | This Used to Be My Playground
08 | Live to Tell
07 | Love Don't Live Here Anymore
06 | Something to Remember
07 | Forbidden Love
07 | One More Chance
10 | Rain
07 | Oh Father
08 | I Want You [Orchestral] (with Massive Attack)
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post Nov 7 2015, 02:55 PM
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06 | I Want You (with Massive Attack)
07 | I'll Remember
08 | Take a Bow
07 | You'll See
08 | Crazy for You
07 | This Used to Be My Playground
09 | Live to Tell
09 | Love Don't Live Here Anymore
06 | Something to Remember
09 | Forbidden Love
05 | One More Chance
11 | Rain
10 | Oh Father
06 | I Want You [Orchestral] (with Massive Attack)

^ they all had one score higher, but my love for 'Rain' is so much so that i had to demote everything down a point just to have some sort of perspective for the gap between them!

What a beautiful collection though wub.gif
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post Nov 10 2015, 06:55 PM
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14 // Something to Remember // 69.5 pts.
~ We weren't meant to be, at least not in this lifetime ~



Highest Points: 8 (liamk97, Qween, Acidburn), 7.5 (Nick F1)
Lowest Points: 6 (vibe, Joe., mr_pmt, HausofKubrick), 7 (Regina, Aaliyah4Eva)

The standard of this album is incredibly high but it still doesn't feel right seeing the title track at the very bottom. This originally appeared on the soundtrack I'm Breathless and is said to deal with her failed marriage to Sean Penn, which can definitely be understood when you pay attention to the bittersweet lyrics. There's great sadness in Madonna's gentle voice as she sings of her mistakes and of how it was a case of right place at the wrong time, yet she sees the positive in this heartache and expresses how Sean taught her to love herself; something "no other man said". I think I too underrated this song because the subject matter is so touching and the production, particularly the piano outro, is just so soothing and exactly what makes this album great.


13 // One More Chance // 71 pts.
~ I was a fool, but now I understand ~



Highest Points: 9 (Regina), 8 (liamk97, Qween)
Lowest Points: 5 (HausofKubrick), 6 (Acidburn)

One of her worst selling and arguably least remembered single, but that shouldn't deny the beauty of this song. Specifically recorded for this album, Madonna joined forces with David Foster for 'One More Chance' (producer for the likes of Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion) and took advantage of the vocal lessons she had been taking in preparation of Evita as she angelically sings over an acoustic guitar melody that had traces of the Spanish-inspirations practiced in 'La Isla Bonita' and 'Who's That Girl' etc. Lyrically, Madonna expresses her vulnerable side again as she begs for a lover's forgiveness, a contrast to the willingness to accept the end of a relationship that's present in the song above.
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post Nov 10 2015, 07:05 PM
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oo not going by averages ohmy.gif interesting.
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post Nov 10 2015, 07:50 PM
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No major surprises , there is no dud on this album !!
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post Nov 10 2015, 07:57 PM
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The correct bottom two i think! Going well so far *_*
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post Nov 10 2015, 08:37 PM
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It's a great album, so even those are the bottom are good songs. I'd say they are fairly placed, though my personal dislike for Take A Bow would have seen it bottom.
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