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HausofGhibli
post Apr 29 2020, 06:30 PM
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Introducing a new feature for the Madonna forum cheer.gif

Each week, a new song from the decade will be revealed so we can all share our thoughts and opinions on it. Hoping to explore big singles, album tracks, hidden gems and everything in between. If you have any song suggestions for any of the decades, please PM me and i'll make sure to include it happy.gif

01. Forbidden Love
02. Swim
03. Secret Garden
04. Sky Fits Heaven
05. I'll Remember
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post Apr 29 2020, 06:31 PM
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01. Forbidden Love

From Madonna's 'Bedtime Stories' album, 'Forbidden Love' is the first song in the spotlight from the 90s. In this sultry song, Madonna compares being rejected to an aphrodisiac and she sings of the pleasure from a relationship tainted by taboo and wrong-doings. She states that in the wrongness, there is so much right and she seductively pours out her deepest fantasties in a most alluring and tempting way. The song features samples from "Down Here on the Ground" by Grant Green and perfectly sits between the dainty sounds of its parent album.

What are your thoughts on this sordid number from 1994?
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post Apr 29 2020, 06:58 PM
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Could have even a single .

Babyface knows how to write a slow jam doesn’t he. Was a fav of mine from the album as a kid , I think HN has overtaken now.

I can totally see why this was included on STR.

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post Apr 29 2020, 11:14 PM
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I like this, but it's not love. Like much of the album, it works listening all together when wanting that vibe. On its own, the song is pretty stunning though and the lyrics are so alluring. I much prefer Confessions' version of the song, that's my favourite album track from her!
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post May 1 2020, 02:09 PM
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A big favourite of mine on Bedtime Stories! So soothing and inviting. I read it was set to be the fifth single from the album but was scrapped in favour of the Something to Remember ballads collection, which of course this features on.

I love the Confessions version of the track too, it is one of her best album tracks but I feel that's meant this version is always overshadowed when it deserves its own attention.
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post May 7 2020, 12:04 PM
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02. Swim

Swim is the second song on Madonna's 7th studio album, Ray of Light. It was recorded on the day her friend and fashion designer Gianni Versace was killed in Miami, and this explains the painful emotion that is present throughout the song. It is spiritual in its lyrics, as Madonna sings of washing away sins and being renewed. Heart-breaking lyrics of loss, life, birth and death, move throughout the song as the production ebs and flows.

What are your thoughts on this wavey number from 1998?
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post May 10 2020, 06:54 PM
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'Swim' is absolutely gorgeous in my opinion. The lyrics are haunting and so deep. It's great at the start of the album too as it allows the listener to shed away their thoughts and be renewed ready for the rest of the album that is to follow. It does the job of an album track perfectly: sets a tone, continues a message, acts as a thought-provoking moment and adds fluidity to the album.
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post May 13 2020, 03:13 PM
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There's something very poignant about 'Swim' and its lyrics of rebirth and freedom with Gianni Versace's death in mind. This is like a meditation piece with Madonna talking you through motions and images, easing you into a calm state of mind. I agree its place on the album is perfect for this reason.
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post May 13 2020, 03:22 PM
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'Swim' is gorgeous wub.gif one of many 10s on 'Ray Of Light'.

The production on this ROSALÍA single 'Dolerme' from earlier in the year really sounds influenced by the production of 'Swim' / 'Ray Of Light' in general:

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post May 13 2020, 03:47 PM
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Omg surely that's a sample?! ohmy.gif
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post May 13 2020, 03:51 PM
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What a beautiful song (and a new discovery for me - I know you have mentioned that I should check this out in the past tongue.gif). I also hear influences from the Music album too (songs like 'Gone' which is funnily enough a song of the week for the 00s)!
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post May 19 2020, 03:49 PM
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03. Secret Garden

From Madonna's raunchy and experimental album from the early 90s, Secret Garden is the final song on 'Erotica'. It is described as the album's most personal song, and is about the singer's vagina or as she coins it: "the secret place where she could enjoy herself.". It's a slow moving song, with a piano accompaniment alongside the album's signature drum beats and sees Madonna explaining the thrills and enjoyment she gets from her secret place. An incredibly bold song for a mainstream popstar to include on an album, and testament to just how far she pushed the boundaries in the 90s with regards to femininity and identity.

What are your thoughts on this flowery number from 1992?
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post May 20 2020, 12:45 PM
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I can't say this is a favourite of mine. It works quite nicely as an album closer but that's about it. I never return to it on its own so it's one of my least played songs from her.
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post May 21 2020, 10:01 AM
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One of my least played songs from her too.
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post May 29 2020, 11:56 AM
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It's not a standout for me, but I do love the jazz-house production. It's a nice way to wind-down the album and the vocal style compliments the opening, title track.
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post Jun 4 2020, 05:46 PM
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04. Sky Fits Heaven

Sky Fits Heaven is an album track on 'Ray of Light'. It was written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard and includes additional production from William Orbit, and lyrical interpretations from Max Blagg's 1992 poem, What Fits?. The song is often cited as one of Madonna's greatest album tracks, due to its production and lyrical power.

What are your thoughts on this gorgeous beauty from 1997?
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The lyrics of SFH are some of my favourites!!
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post Jun 6 2020, 04:34 PM
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This ranks very high for me as far as her album tracks ago. The lyrics as mentioned, the production, the vocals - everything about it is so sublime wub.gif
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post Jun 11 2020, 07:13 PM
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The production on this album is flawless start to finish, but 'Sky Fits Heaven' is one of the best. I love the harsh techno sound, crashing and thumping, then this dainty piano melody appears in the chorus. It's a real experience, one of the songs that stood out to me even as a pre-teen with young, superficial tastes.

I think if there had been a tour for the album following the Grammys, this should have been pushed as the sixth single. It already had some club exposure from the remixes that were commissioned and it seems to be regarded as one of her best album tracks across the board!
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post Jun 11 2020, 08:04 PM
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Should have been a single! Perhaps instead of 'Drowned World'.

Truly magnificent track.
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