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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Madonna's Best Album Ever... and I'm Not a Fan

    The music press have given this one a lot of negative reviews, and that's what has driven me to write this. I think this is Madonna's best album ever, and I'm not a particular fan. All of her previous albums I listened to for a week, then never touched again. All of her later work suffers from an annoying tendentiousness, Madonna telling you how you should live and think and be more spiritual--just like her. This one doesn't have that, the songs are direct and personal and less pretentious and imperious. The songs ARE weird- -which I think is a good thing--but after three listens you get used to all the strange tangents, and can get into the serious GROOVES to be found here. The songs are more direct and personal, and I find myself listening to this many times in a row. I don't think any of them will be successful singles, because they each require more than one listen to get into, and that's something listeners don't seem to be able to afford. Anyway, don't listen to the mainstream press, who seem to be more interested in reviewing her career than her music, and give it a shot. And Madonna... you go!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Madonna denounces her former self and it sounds good

    It's hard for her to top "Like A Prayer" or "Ray Of Light", but this one comes pretty damn close. One thing that people tend to forget about Mads is that she knows how to make an irresistable pop ballad and it seems as if this one is loaded with them. "Love Profusion", "Nothing Fails", "Intervention", and "X-static Process" are those melancholy downtempo gems on this one that makes me remember one of the reasons I've always liked her in the first place. And most of these tracks seems as if they were meant for acoustic guitar "unplugged" performances. Sure the album comes off a bit trite at times, but this is equal in it's balance of dance and folk...plus it makes her last album ("Music") seem generic in comparison.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keep listening...

    The first time I heard the album, I was not captivated. But after listening a few times, I would have to say this album is very good. With one or two exceptions, almost all tracks are great to listen to and infectious. It is not the classic Madonna that we know, but there are still some great dance beats (check out Nobody Knows Me). I definitely prefer this effort to Music. Highlights...Nobody Knows Me, Nothing Fails, Hollywood, Intervention. Hopefully, Madonna will choose to release the more radio friendly singles, so that the masses will be enraptured like I was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Our Madonna is all grown up...!!

    What a remarkable album! Adult, spare, unglam, inventive, and ingenious at points. This is not your regular dance album, but certainly is one of Madonna's most original concepts. Songs like Intervention, Nothing Fails, Nobody Knows Me, and an accoustic version of Mother and Father (not on the album) stand out. Madonna deserves a big round of applause for being more daring than any of her peers could ever dream to be.

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