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hollywood0024

Best Madonna album?

What would you say?
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Reply #1 posted 05/12/20 1:31pm

alphastreet

hollywood0024 said:

What would you say?


The one about you lol #youresovain
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Reply #2 posted 05/12/20 1:38pm

slyjackson

Ray Of Light for me, but it could be as well Like A Prayer.

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Reply #3 posted 05/12/20 2:27pm

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Reply #4 posted 05/12/20 6:49pm

alphastreet

Best Madonna albums

Like a Virgin
True blue
Confessions on a dancefloor
Hard candy
Madame x
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Reply #5 posted 05/12/20 9:51pm

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That first record is pure dance pop goodness.

True Blue was a bit too poppy for me, so Like A Prayer really nailed it as a grown artist.

I think Erotica and Bedtime Stories get often underrated. Ray of Light was a new era of growth just like Like A Prayer was for her.

After that, it's spotty. I cannot stand American Life, Hard Candy or Rebel Heart.

Madame X is sort of what BEYONCE was to Beyonce. A total change of sound, approach, production, and things to say. She sorta stopped following that goddamn dry electronica trend and finally did something that feels organic, earthy, and real again.

So for me, if I had to name a top 5 in no particular order:

Madonna

Like A Prayer

Erotica

Bedtime Stories

Ray of Light

Most honorable mentions:

You Can Dance (totally danceable DJ mix compilation)

Confessions on a Dance Floor

Madame X

Like A Virgin

The Immaculate Collection ("up to that point" compilation, end of an era)

Something To Remember (the great compilation of ballads)

Worth a listen:

True Blue

Music

MDNA


Skip:

American Life

Hard Candy

Rebel Heart


Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #6 posted 05/12/20 11:46pm

hollywood0024

TrivialPursuit said:

That first record is pure dance pop goodness.

True Blue was a bit too poppy for me, so Like A Prayer really nailed it as a grown artist.

I think Erotica and Bedtime Stories get often underrated. Ray of Light was a new era of growth just like Like A Prayer was for her.

After that, it's spotty. I cannot stand American Life, Hard Candy or Rebel Heart.

Madame X is sort of what BEYONCE was to Beyonce. A total change of sound, approach, production, and things to say. She sorta stopped following that goddamn dry electronica trend and finally did something that feels organic, earthy, and real again.

So for me, if I had to name a top 5 in no particular order:

Madonna


Like A Prayer


Erotica


Bedtime Stories


Ray of Light

Most honorable mentions:


You Can Dance (totally danceable DJ mix compilation)


Confessions on a Dance Floor


Madame X


Like A Virgin


The Immaculate Collection ("up to that point" compilation, end of an era)


Something To Remember (the great compilation of ballads)

Worth a listen:


True Blue


Music


MDNA




Skip:


American Life


Hard Candy


Rebel Heart



What do you think of Who's That Girl, I'm Breathless, Evita, GHV2, Remixed And Revisited, Celebration?
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Reply #7 posted 05/13/20 12:34am

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What do you think of Who's That Girl, I'm Breathless, Evita, GHV2, Remixed And Revisited, Celebration?


Who's That Girl? is a movie soundtrack with other artists besides Madonna. But her songs are fine on it. The only M tour I've ever seen was the Who's That Girl? Tour in Philadelphia, 1987. Her songs certainly show the power she had with Bray or Leonard as writing partners. I love the title track. I liked her earlier Spanish-influenced songs.

I'm Breathless - fun, I don't take it too seriously. Can't go wrong with "What Can You Lose" and "Sooner or Later." "Hanky Panky" is a really fun romp. Actually, it's a fun record overall but the songs are so genre specific or movie-specific, it's hard to really judge it on its own. I'd put it in the Worth A Listen column, at least.

EVITA - I've been a fan of EVITA since I was a kid. I still have original vinyls of the original concept album, London cast, and American cast. The modern and updated arrangements of her soundtrack were nice. Some of the previous stuff felt hollow (much like the RENT cast recording vs. the movie soundtrack).

GHV2 - really good 2nd era set. It really shows how much more music she was putting out compared to its predecesor just a decade or so prior. There are a lot of edits on there, so - you know. It still works.

Remixed & Revisited - feels like a let down, only because it's a stand-in for the aborted 20th anniversary box set. But, I like the "Into The Hollywood Groove" mash-up, but the other mixes of previous songs are from eras I don't enjoy. So I can skip a lot of it. "Your Honesty" was a gem. (The same joy when the couple of new tracks showed up on Something To Remember.)

Celebration - it feels very definitive and well-rounded. I was a bit let down with the title track, felt like a grab at the past without much success, but it's ok. "Revolver" is ...eeehhhhh.

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #8 posted 05/13/20 12:53am

hollywood0024

TrivialPursuit said:



hollywood0024 said:





What do you think of Who's That Girl, I'm Breathless, Evita, GHV2, Remixed And Revisited, Celebration?


Who's That Girl? is a movie soundtrack with other artists besides Madonna. But her songs are fine on it. The only M tour I've ever seen was the Who's That Girl? Tour in Philadelphia, 1987. Her songs certainly show the power she had with Bray or Leonard as writing partners. I love the title track. I liked her earlier Spanish-influenced songs.

I'm Breathless - fun, I don't take it too seriously. Can't go wrong with "What Can You Lose" and "Sooner or Later." "Hanky Panky" is a really fun romp. Actually, it's a fun record overall but the songs are so genre specific or movie-specific, it's hard to really judge it on its own. I'd put it in the Worth A Listen column, at least.

EVITA - I've been a fan of EVITA since I was a kid. I still have original vinyls of the original concept album, London cast, and American cast. The modern and updated arrangements of her soundtrack were nice. Some of the previous stuff felt hollow (much like the RENT cast recording vs. the movie soundtrack).

GHV2 - really good 2nd era set. It really shows how much more music she was putting out compared to its predecesor just a decade or so prior. There are a lot of edits on there, so - you know. It still works.

Remixed & Revisited - feels like a let down, only because it's a stand-in for the aborted 20th anniversary box set. But, I like the "Into The Hollywood Groove" mash-up, but the other mixes of previous songs are from eras I don't enjoy. So I can skip a lot of it. "Your Honesty" was a gem. (The same joy when the couple of new tracks showed up on Something To Remember.)

Celebration - it feels very definitive and well-rounded. I was a bit let down with the title track, felt like a grab at the past without much success, but it's ok. "Revolver" is ...eeehhhhh.


OMG...I didn't know there was going to be a 20th Ann boxset...And good comments on everything.
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Reply #9 posted 05/13/20 2:46am

RJOrion

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Reply #10 posted 05/13/20 4:59am

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Bedtime Stories, no question.

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Reply #11 posted 05/13/20 5:36pm

slyjackson

TrivialPursuit said:

That first record is pure dance pop goodness.

True Blue was a bit too poppy for me, so Like A Prayer really nailed it as a grown artist.

I think Erotica and Bedtime Stories get often underrated. Ray of Light was a new era of growth just like Like A Prayer was for her.

After that, it's spotty. I cannot stand American Life, Hard Candy or Rebel Heart.

Madame X is sort of what BEYONCE was to Beyonce. A total change of sound, approach, production, and things to say. She sorta stopped following that goddamn dry electronica trend and finally did something that feels organic, earthy, and real again.

So for me, if I had to name a top 5 in no particular order:

Madonna

Like A Prayer

Erotica

Bedtime Stories

Ray of Light

Most honorable mentions:

You Can Dance (totally danceable DJ mix compilation)

Confessions on a Dance Floor

Madame X

Like A Virgin

The Immaculate Collection ("up to that point" compilation, end of an era)

Something To Remember (the great compilation of ballads)

Worth a listen:

True Blue

Music

MDNA


Skip:

American Life

Hard Candy

Rebel Heart


Very underrated, specially the latter.

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Reply #12 posted 05/13/20 5:36pm

slyjackson

Madame X is one of her best albums ever. Music is sort of underrated.

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Reply #13 posted 05/13/20 5:54pm

alphastreet

slyjackson said:

Madame X is one of her best albums ever. Music is sort of underrated.



It really is amazing, her best album of the decade cause I couldn’t get into mdna and rebel heart in full with the exception of a few songs
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Reply #14 posted 05/13/20 6:07pm

slyjackson

alphastreet said:

slyjackson said:

Madame X is one of her best albums ever. Music is sort of underrated.

It really is amazing, her best album of the decade cause I couldn’t get into mdna and rebel heart in full with the exception of a few songs

It's her best album of the decade, yes.

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Reply #15 posted 05/13/20 6:46pm

gandorb

Top 3

1.Ray of Light

2. Like a Prayer

3. Bedtime stories

Ray of light and Bedtime stories work so well because the songs share a certain style and flow so well together, whereas Like a Prayer was significant for some of her best melodies and videos.

I am among the few who really liked Hard Candy, though granted it is not near the top of her releases. I also love some of the songs on American Life but the bad songs really made it hard to listen all the way through without skipping. MDMA the only studio album that I really don't like hardly anything.

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Reply #16 posted 05/13/20 9:34pm

TrivialPursuit

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gandorb said:

MDNA the only studio album that I really don't like hardly anything.


The tours often tune me into new songs and being able to see them. I wasn't big on MDNA, until I watched the tour. It was just so good, and gave me new perspective on some songs. It's why I listed it as Worth A List. Things like "I'm A Sinner," "Girls Gone Wild," and "Turn Up The Radio" came to the forefront for me.

Confessions was one that I liked before the tour, loved just as much after.

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #17 posted 05/14/20 7:40am

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Like A Prayer

Madonna

Erotica

Music

True Blue

Just like the white winged dove...
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Reply #18 posted 05/14/20 12:57pm

slyjackson

gandorb said:

Top 3

1.Ray of Light

2. Like a Prayer

3. Bedtime stories

Ray of light and Bedtime stories work so well because the songs share a certain style and flow so well together, whereas Like a Prayer was significant for some of her best melodies and videos.

I am among the few who really liked Hard Candy, though granted it is not near the top of her releases. I also love some of the songs on American Life but the bad songs really made it hard to listen all the way through without skipping. MDMA the only studio album that I really don't like hardly anything.

Hard Candy isn't bad at all as It's made out to be, several great songs in there, the same with MDNA. I would go as far as to say the she hasn't released so far a bad album.

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Reply #19 posted 05/14/20 1:21pm

SoulAlive

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I am among the few who really liked Hard Candy, though granted it is not near the top of her releases.

Hard Candy isn't bad at all as It's made out to be, several great songs in there

I love Hard Candy.Tracks like "Give It 2 Me","She's Not Me","Heartbeat"."Beat Goes On" and especially "Miles Away" are superb.It's not a "deep" album.....just a fun ride through R&B territory.I like Pharrell anyway,and I really like the tunes he came up with.

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Reply #20 posted 05/14/20 2:03pm

gandorb

TrivialPursuit said:

gandorb said:

MDNA the only studio album that I really don't like hardly anything.


The tours often tune me into new songs and being able to see them. I wasn't big on MDNA, until I watched the tour. It was just so good, and gave me new perspective on some songs. It's why I listed it as Worth A List. Things like "I'm A Sinner," "Girls Gone Wild," and "Turn Up The Radio" came to the forefront for me.

Confessions was one that I liked before the tour, loved just as much after.

Yes, the concert experience can change the perception of a song or album. I' haven't seen Madonna but certainly experienced this with other artists. Sounds like you have seen quite a few of hers. Was there a favorite tour?

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Reply #21 posted 05/14/20 2:05pm

gandorb

TrivialPursuit said:

gandorb said:

MDNA the only studio album that I really don't like hardly anything.


The tours often tune me into new songs and being able to see them. I wasn't big on MDNA, until I watched the tour. It was just so good, and gave me new perspective on some songs. It's why I listed it as Worth A List. Things like "I'm A Sinner," "Girls Gone Wild," and "Turn Up The Radio" came to the forefront for me.

Confessions was one that I liked before the tour, loved just as much after.

Sorry, a dupe.

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Reply #22 posted 05/14/20 2:40pm

TheFman

1- Bedtime Stories

2- Ray of Light

3- Erotica

4- Music

5- Madonna

6- True Blue

7- Like A Virgin
8- Like A Prayer

9- confessions on a dance floor




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Reply #23 posted 05/14/20 2:41pm

slyjackson

SoulAlive said:

slyjackson said:

Hard Candy isn't bad at all as It's made out to be, several great songs in there

I love Hard Candy.Tracks like "Give It 2 Me","She's Not Me","Heartbeat"."Beat Goes On" and especially "Miles Away" are superb.It's not a "deep" album.....just a fun ride through R&B territory.I like Pharrell anyway,and I really like the tunes he came up with.

Devil Wouldn't, Voices and Candy Shop.

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Reply #24 posted 05/14/20 2:44pm

alphastreet

Love the pharell tracks, but the timbaland and Justin ones were the standouts to me. They came close to capturing her early 80s r&b grooves
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Reply #25 posted 05/14/20 4:46pm

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gandorb said:

Yes, the concert experience can change the perception of a song or album. I' haven't seen Madonna but certainly experienced this with other artists. Sounds like you have seen quite a few of hers. Was there a favorite tour?


I only saw Who's That Girl Tour live. The others have been relegated to DVD for me.

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #26 posted 05/14/20 7:57pm

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Music

American Life

Erotica

Rebel Heart

Madame X

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Reply #27 posted 05/15/20 1:31pm

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slyjackson said:

Ray Of Light for me, but it could be as well Like A Prayer.


same here. these two are shoulder 2 shoulder for me. both superb in their own way.


and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #28 posted 05/15/20 5:10pm

SoulAlive

My Top 5 favorite Madonna albums

1) Ray Of Light
2) Erotica
3) Like A Prayer
4) Confessions On A Dancefloor
5) Bedtime Stories
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Reply #29 posted 05/16/20 1:32pm

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1990's=

Ray of Light.

Loved the sound and imagery of the lyrics.

1980's=

Like a Prayer.

Great album

Post ROL, I only got into her singles...

"Old man's gotta be the old man. Fish has got to be the fish."
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