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HausofGhibli
post Jun 10 2020, 08:14 PM
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A place to discuss Madonna's 6th studio album 'Bedtime Stories'. Released in 1994.

1. Survival
2. Secret
3. I'd Rather Be Your Lover
4. Don't Stop
5. Inside of Me
6. Human Nature
7. Forbidden Love
8. Love Tried To Welcome Me
9. Sanctuary
10. Bedtime Story
11. Take a Bow

What are your thoughts on this album? Share any opinions, memories, favourite songs, or just discuss it anytime you're re-listening!
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post Jun 10 2020, 08:15 PM
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post Jun 12 2020, 06:46 AM
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I like this album and it was easier to get into than erotica.
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post Jun 15 2020, 02:09 PM
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Looking at the singles list I can only remember how 'Take A Bow' goes... I know I've heard the others, I just can't remember them! Oops. So this album is gonna be an interesting listen to me. There's something quite TLC/most 90's R&B groups about 'Survival', at least in the production. An interesting choice of sound for Madge, should this be the direction. Listening to 'Secret' and yes, I have definitely heard and can remember 'Secret', I assume this was what birthed 'Frozen' into the masterpiece it is, like she listened to 'Secret' and said... "this can be stronger" and BAM we have 'Frozen'! No? Just me? OK.

I have definitely heard 'Human Nature' before, but I can't remember it... It's ok, actually sounds like Gorillaz sampled this (they didn't but it gives me major 'Clint Eastwood' vibes from some of the production!). The production throughout this album is good! It's all blending a bit to me atm though, ngl. Good, but there's not much interesting me with this.

1. Secret
2. Survival
3. Take a Bow
4. Human Nature
5. Bedtime Story
6. Don't Stop
7. Sanctuary
8. Forbidden Love
9. I'd Rather Be Your Lover
10. Inside of Me
11. Love Tried To Welcome Me

Well... I didn't dislike the album. It was just "there" for me. It's very of it's time, even the singles. I don't necessarily mean that negatively, but I can't see me going back to anything from this album much at all? I definitely had a better experience listening to 'Erotica' than I did with this as it was a lot more interesting thematically and with the production. Sorry peeps, but this ain't a fave of mine </3 I got SOMETHING from the other albums, with this... not a lot, if anything, at all? It's a perfectly fine album, just not really one I'll remember or go back to, I don't think. sad.gif

Album Rankings:
01. True Blue
02. Erotica
03. Like A Prayer
04. Madonna
05. Like A Virgin
06. Bedtime Stories
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post Jun 15 2020, 03:23 PM
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There are some good tracks on here, but listening to this album from start to finish does bore me.

'I'd Rather Be Your Lover' is lovely.
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post Jun 15 2020, 03:53 PM
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I really like Secret, Sanctuary and Human Nature
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post Jun 15 2020, 04:10 PM
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QUOTE(Tawdry Hepburn @ Jun 15 2020, 04:23 PM) *
There are some good tracks on here, but listening to this album from start to finish does bore me.

'I'd Rather Be Your Lover' is lovely.
That's interesting. Coz I didn't find any of them particularly special (at least to me) but maybe away from the album I'd prefer the songs? Hmm.. I do plan on making a playlist of my favourite Madge songs (which is why I'm recording my rankings here aha) so when I listen to that playlist maybe they'll stick out more to me.
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post Jun 15 2020, 04:26 PM
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Secret was a real grower but Im not that fond of anything else as I agree it all just sort of merges into a mid 90s r&b blob. Title track aside, which is okay, but Id rather just listen to Bjrk
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post Jun 15 2020, 04:43 PM
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'Secret' is my favourite song on here now, but the transition from 'Sanctuary' to 'Bedtime Story' remains a genius moment.

I think the alubm, for first time listeners, suffers from being too subtle compared to her to her other work. For me, it ranked very low (perhaps bottom) for a while but with return listens and giving it more and more time it has moved up slightly. Whenever I need a "calm myself down" album, this is the one I return to, so it has its benefits from being so laid back!
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post Jun 15 2020, 06:02 PM
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QUOTE(HausofGhibli @ Jun 15 2020, 05:43 PM) *
'Secret' is my favourite song on here now, but the transition from 'Sanctuary' to 'Bedtime Story' remains a genius moment.


Its perfect isn't it? I also notice it. Those 2 songs are really the preludes to Ray Of Light
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post Jun 15 2020, 07:20 PM
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QUOTE(Euphorique @ Jun 15 2020, 07:02 PM) *
Its perfect isn't it? I also notice it. Those 2 songs are really the preludes to Ray Of Light

It always grabs my attention! The craziness of 'Bedtime Story' and then the calmness of 'Take A Bow' is interesting also in that it reminds you what album you are actually listening to after being transported elsewhere in 'Bedtime Story' laugh.gif
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post Jun 18 2020, 09:06 PM
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QUOTE(HausofGhibli @ Jun 15 2020, 05:43 PM) *
'Secret' is my favourite song on here now, but the transition from 'Sanctuary' to 'Bedtime Story' remains a genius moment.

I think the alubm, for first time listeners, suffers from being too subtle compared to her to her other work. For me, it ranked very low (perhaps bottom) for a while but with return listens and giving it more and more time it has moved up slightly. Whenever I need a "calm myself down" album, this is the one I return to, so it has its benefits from being so laid back!

Agreed, it's probably her least immediate album and one that you need to be in the right mood for. Like Erotica, it took a long time to click with me, but now I can say it's one of my favourites! There's so much warmth to this album, which makes it a really inviting listen whenever you're feeling a bit down or want to chill out. 'Love Tried to Welcome Me' is probably my favourite on the album, a gut-wrenching song about feeling hopeless and despair. 'Sanctuary' is another highlight and I agree that transition into 'Bedtime Story' is such a moment (these two songs really do feel like the blueprints for Ray of Light!). It is odd how 'Take a Bow' follows but it seems to work for me, I can't put my finger on why!
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Gave this a listen today! Of her 90s studio albums I always preferred this to Erotica.

This is kinda mood depending but when I wanted to have an easy Sunday morning it worked perfect for that. Its cohesive as an album and the tracks flow well from one another. Its also a great album for her vocally too. This is one of her albums I revisit the least tbh because it is mood depending but whenever I do listen to it I really like it and it does a great job In kinda like relaxing you. I love her image and look in this era too I always felt like Xtina was inspired by this on her Back to Basics era. The album for me is a bit of a builder. The final three tracks are the best though!

My rating would probably be

1. Take A Bow
2. Bedtime Story
3. Sanctuary
4. Forbidden Love
5. Human Nature
6. Survival
7. Secret
8. Id Rather Be Your Lover
9. Inside Of Me
10. Love Tried To Welcome Me
11. Dont Stop

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