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Old 02-12-2008, 11:30 PM   #16
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It's hard for me to rank the albums, but I think Like A Prayer one of the best pop albums of the 80's, holding up much better than Thriller (and lyrically far superior) and I think Ray of Light and Music are both as good as anything she's ever done. Erotica is very underrated, and I'm amazed at how undated most of Bedtime Stories still sounds. American Life, not so much.

Standout songs that come to mind (chron. order):

Into the Groove
Dress You Up
Dear Jessie
Live to Tell
Promise to Try
Cherish
Keep it Together
Oh Father
Erotica
Rain
Where Life Begins
Survival
Secret
Human Nature
Substitute For Love
Ray of Light
The Power of Goodbye
Little Star
I Deserve It
Nobody's Perfect
Don't Tell Me
What It Feels Like For A Girl
Gone
Hollywood
Nothing Fails
X-Static Process
Hung Up
Push
Get Together
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:30 PM   #17
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I really like American Life, even with that craptastic rap bit in the middle. The rest of the song is awesome enough to overcome that part.
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It's hard for me to rank the albums, but I think Like A Prayer one of the best pop albums of the 80's, and I think Ray of Light and Music are both as good as anything she's ever done. Erotica is very underrated, and I'm amazed at how undated most of Bedtime Stories still sounds.

Standout songs that come to mind (chron. order):

Into the Groove
Dress You Up
Dear Jessie
Live to Tell
Promise to Try
Cherish
Keep it Together
Oh Father
Erotica
Rain
Where Life Begins
Survival
Secret
Human Nature
Substitute For Love
Ray of Light
The Power of Goodbye
Little Star
I Deserve It
Nobody's Perfect
Don't Tell Me
What It Feels Like For A Girl
Gone
Hollywood
Nothing Fails
X-Static Process
Hung Up
Push
Get Together
Jump
I agree with everything you just said. "Ray of Light" is a masterpiece. It's my favorite. She was at the top of her game as a lyricist, and a vocalist. "American Life" is my second favorite album. It's criminally underrated and misunderstood. "Like A Prayer" was her "Joshua Tree" in the sense that it took her to a higher level and is what made her a legend. "Bedtime Stories" and "Erotica" are both underrated as well. "Music" and "COADF" are great also. "True Blue" was a great throwback to old-school pop, and "Madonna" was a fantastic dance/pop debut. I love a lot of the songs on "Like A Virgin", but overall it's her weakest album.
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I have to admit, I don't care for Bedtime Stories or Erotica. They just do nothing for me, other than a couple of standout songs on each. I do quite like American Prayer, though.

I recently finally picked up copies of her first three albums, just for the sake of being a completist. I'd forgotten about a lot of those non-singles, and some of them are pretty good.
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I remember practically wearing out her 1st LP when it came out I played it so much. Some of my favorite songs when they were released... Borderline, Lucky Star, Into the Groove, Live to Tell. Crazy for You & Love Don't Live Here Anymore =
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Older Madonna Like A Prayer & Erotica
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I really like American Life, even with that craptastic rap bit in the middle. The rest of the song is awesome enough to overcome that part.
I think a lot of people don't realize what she was trying to do with the rap bit. I remember hearing her say in an interview around the time the song/album came out that the rap was actually supposed to sound ridiculous because she was satirizing the hip-hop culture that brags about all of their material posessions as though they're all that matters in life. It wasn't meant to be taken as a serious attempt. I remember her saying she wasn't one to talk considering she had a song called "Material Girl", but apparently she's not a big fan of that song anymore. The only reason she performed it over "Dress You Up" on the Re-Invention tour was because she had an easier time learning the guitar part for it. It's a shame because I'd love to hear "Dress You Up" now. I hope she adds it to the setlist on the next tour.
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She can defend the rap part and say the ridiculousness was intentional until she's blue in the face, but it doesn't erase its ridiculousness. (I think it's fairly obvious that she's not trying to get respect as an actual rapper.)

I still love it, though. And the rap makes it all the more fun to sing at karaoke.
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[B I do quite like American Prayer,

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HA! Oops.

American L-I-F-E.
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I remember practically wearing out her 1st LP when it came out I played it so much. Some of my favorite songs when they were released... Borderline, Lucky Star, Into the Groove, Live to Tell. Crazy for You & Love Don't Live Here Anymore =
That must've been awesome. I would've loved to have been around during the mid-80s Madonna craze, but, alas, I was not born until '88'.
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I have to admit, I don't care for Bedtime Stories or Erotica. They just do nothing for me, other than a couple of standout songs on each.

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HA! Oops.

American L-I-F-E.
That's ok, if she and Bono had dueted on "American Prayer" on "Idol Gives Back" last year, I probably would have spontaneously combusted with joy.
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I was 11 when Like a Virgin came out, and I bought the 45. I remember my mom saying something like, "I don't know that I like you listening to that song."

I rolled my eyes and said, "Moooom, I don't listen to it for the lyrics."

Which was mostly true.

(Thank god she never really listened to those Prince records I had. )

Laz, would it help if I said I found Madonna totally hot (although lately she could stand to have a little more body fat)????

Bedtime Stories bores me.
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