I’m happy that Lana has two nominations for “Song Of The Year” and “Album Of The Year” and I’m dissappointed that Madonna isn’t nominated. She deserves a nomination in the Category “Album Of The Year” for “Madame X” album, “Song Of The Year” - with “Crave”, “God Control” or “Dark Ballet” and “Video Of The Year” with “God Control”.
I know that I almost ran out of time to talk about my most influential Madonna album. I have done very many retro reviews but this is a specials instance.
On 25 Oct. 1994, Madonna’s Bedtime Stories was released. It was the first new release album I bought of her’s on cassette! I was 12 at the time, almost 13, and my parents had no g-d right to be allowing me to get it. It helped me understand so much about myself and my place in the world. I have been a hardcore fan since 1994. I have been a Madonna fan almost longer than most of you have been alive.
Let’s put the album into context: This album was release almost two years to the the day after Erotica (1992). It was important for her to address what had happened in that era. We look back at it now as a career achievement. At the time it tarnished her momentum. People were more concerned with the Sex Book and the accompanying The Girlie Show Tour, to see past the stunt.
She went into this album needing to complete what was started in 1992. This BS has always been a companion album to Erotica. I think it is more socially aware, more sexy, more glib and boundary pushing.
The first single was Secret:
It was an slow grind talking about unrequited love and DL vibes.
Then there was Bedtime Story:
It was one of the most exspensive video’s made at the time. Visually stunning and touched on topics of fertility and other worldly vibes. Bjork also wrote on this one.
Then there was Take A Bow:
This is Madonna’s best charting single. 7 weeks at number 1.
Finally a fan favorite and a personal one too, Human Nature:
An anthem for all of fans and young queers in 1995.
For me this album and the single helped my understand where I was in this world. I was feeling lost, angry, and in a dream state. The whole album is a time capsule and I will playing it when I am in a certain mind set.
Recently Ajayll did a review of it and it is worth a watch:
It is a 8/10 for me. As a fan it is Madonna to me and is the Madonna I base all other albums to each time. Any memories or comments about this masterpiece?
auroramusic@itsajayll such a beautiful soul. And so devoted to music… I have so much appreciation for people who dares to dive into music the way she does. And also she waits for the albums. She gives space for the albums. The whole body of work. And that. That I am so grateful for. Big kisses.