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Old 31-10-2012, 22:16
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How would you rank them?
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Old 31-10-2012, 22:19
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1. Ray of Light
2. Madonna
3. Erotica
4. Music
5. Bedtime Stories
6. Like a Virgin
7. True Blue
8. Hard Candy
9. American Life
10. Like a Prayer
11. I'm Breathless
12. MDNA
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Old 31-10-2012, 22:54
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I always love ranks but always hate it when i am so passionate about em too...but here goes it

Have decided to kinda divide them into "levels"

Like A Prayer (my favourite album of all time, it speaks volumes to me and brings so many memories with it too an absolute tour de force masterpiece)
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Erotica (so very close, a total dark masterstroke, way ahead of its time)
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American Life (also nearby is another way ahead of its time, life affirming album full of gusto, assault on the senses drive)

Confessions On A Dance Floor (a pure Dance/Time Travel/Synth assault on the senses piece of genius! Exceptional self analysis lyrically, vocally melancholic and production off the walls!)

The First Album (One of the finest album Debuts of any artist...8 songs of pure Synthpop, Electro glam, Post-Disco, Neo-Punk styles...very purist and gritty)
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Ray Of Light (A wonderful Apocalyptic Electronica album, a real slice of genius...if sci-fi married Pop music...a really life affirming piece and explorative...a masterstroke)

Like A Virgin (A very Soulfully stemmed album...M and ROgers worked so well here combining Motown with Neo-Disco and Synthpop...a really beautiful concept album)

Music (Her most schizophrenic album ever mixing the fun with the deranged, the FOlktronica with the Trip Hop...and some insane Electropop in there too...fantastic)
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Im Breathless (A time travel piece that centres itself within the vibes of Dick Tracey mixing Jazz and Soulful gusto together moving towards the New Jack Swing of the late 80s into full blown House with Vogue....slick!)

MDNA (Her latest piece of work is a real very good album, mixing severe highs and lows in one foul swoop it really does feel like one song taken from each of her eras mixed together in one full adenaline rush)
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Hard Candy (Echoes back to her "The FIrst Album" roots and in turn feels like a Sequel to COADF yet retains a contemporary Urban vibe too...often misjudged as an album but it is very good and one to blast in the summer..not entirely perfect but relentless fun)

True Blue (Again this album is oft considered a classic...and tbh it really is...but it contains my least favourtie ever song by Madonna "Jimmy Jimmy" and i am not entirely fond of "Love Makes The World..." either...while fun of course...but the album boasts sublime hits and drive and White Heat and Wheres The party are sublime non-single smashes)

Bedtime Stories (My least favourite Madonna album is very good...I feel it is an album that needs to be listened to in sections and segments rather than as a full mostly...it has slick R&B, Contemporary 90s sounds, Echoes back to Disco in there and of course experiments with Trip Hop/Electronica)

Fewth! DOne it XD
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Old 31-10-2012, 23:07
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I can't believe I forgot Confessions.

1. Ray of Light
2. Madonna
3. Erotica
4. Music
5. Bedtime Stories
6. Confessions
7. Like a Virgin
8. True Blue
9. Hard Candy
10. American Life
11. Like a Prayer
12. I'm Breathless
13. MDNA
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Old 31-10-2012, 23:31
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1. Like A Prayer
2. Ray of Light
3. American Life
4. Confessions
5. Music
6. MDNA
7. Erotica
8. Madonna
9. Bedtime Stories
10. Hard Candy
11. True Blue
12. Live A Virgin
13. I'm Breathless
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Old 31-10-2012, 23:55
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Its always fascinating seeing other fans views on Madonnas albums and eras...i adore discussing them and seeing perspectives

Brilliant guys
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Old 01-11-2012, 00:02
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1 like a prayer
2 ray of light
3 erotica
4 music
5 like a virgin
6 bedtime stories
7 american life
8 madonna
9 true blue
10 confessions on a dance floor
11 hard candy
12 mdna
13 im breathless

got the first 7 on the list plus something to remember and celebration will hopefully purchase the last 6 on the list at some point
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:52
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1 Erotica
2 Like A Prayer
3 Madonna
4 True Blue
5 Like A Virgin
6 I'm Breathless
7 MDNA
8 Ray Of Light
9 Music
10 American Life
11 Hard Candy
12 Confessions On A Dance Floor
13 Bedtime Stories
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:47
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1. Ray of Light
2. Confessions on a Dance Floor
3. Like a Prayer
4. True Blue
5. Bedtime Stories
6. American Life
7. Madonna
8. Erotica
9. MDNA
10. Hard Candy
11. Music
12. Like a Virgin
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:20
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Like A Prayer
True Blue
Madonna
COAD
Like A Virgin
Ray Of Light
MDNA
American Life
Erotica
Hard Candy
Music
Bedtime Stories
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:45
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Like A Prayer
True Blue
Madonna
COAD
Like A Virgin
Ray Of Light
MDNA
American Life
Erotica
Hard Candy
Music
Bedtime Stories
You know i have always been intrigued as to what your Madonna list would look like TH i dont think i have ever seen it before

and yes musically eclec....they are albums truly worth it
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:51
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Ray Of Light
American Life
True Blue
Like A Prayer
Erotica
Confessions
Like A Virgin
The First Album/Madonna
Bedtime Stories
Music
MDNA
Hard Candy

I'm Breathless would be somewhere in the middle but its never considered one of her studio albums. Not sure why as most of the songs weren't even used in the movie.
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Old 01-11-2012, 13:48
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1. True Blue - Where do i begin? The cover is a work of photographic art, symbolising Madonna at her 1980s best! Papa Don't Preach, Open Your Heart, True Blue and Where's The Party are all brilliant revolutionary pop songs. La Isla Bonita was literally the first song played to me as i was growing up, it was on an old Now record and my sister used to play it constantly - i remember loving the crackle on the record as the bongo drum led into the song. True Blue also contains my all time favourite Madonna song, Live To Tell. I also love the most unpopular track Jimmy Jimmy.

2. Like A Prayer - Iconic, argueably her most accomplished work and also her most creative.
[Highlights - EVERY TRACK]

3. American Life - Underrated, acoustic mixed with electric and incredibly personal.
[Highlights - Hollywood, Intervention, X-Static Process and Nothing Fails]

4. Ray Of Light - The most successful re-invention of her career, brought Madonna back to the top.
[Highlights - Frozen, Drowned World/Substitute For Love, Has To Be and Mer Girl]

5. Erotica - The misunderstood masterpiece, dark, moody and powerful.
[Highlights - Erotica, Secret Garden, Deeper and Deeper, In This Life and Rain]

6.Music
7.Hard Candy
8.Bedtime Stories
9.Madonna
10.MDNA
11.Confessions On A Dancefloor
12.Like A Virgin
13.I'm Breathless
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Old 01-11-2012, 13:54
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Doing this too quickly as unfortunately at work:

The First Album
I'm Breathless
MDNA
Like A Prayer
True Blue
Ray Of Light
Confessions On a Dancefloor
Hard Candy
Like A Virgin
Erotica
American Life
Music
Bedtime Stories

NB I don't 'dislike' any of them as such, that order probably best represents 'preferred listenability at the moment'

Although when it comes to the lower ranks there's definitely some degree of indifference beyond the singles...
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Old 01-11-2012, 15:43
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1. True Blue - Where do i begin? The cover is a work of photographic art, symbolising Madonna at her 1980s best! Papa Don't Preach, Open Your Heart, True Blue and Where's The Party are all brilliant revolutionary pop songs. La Isla Bonita was literally the first song played to me as i was growing up, it was on an old Now record and my sister used to play it constantly - i remember loving the crackle on the record as the bongo drum led into the song. True Blue also contains my all time favourite Madonna song, Live To Tell. I also love the most unpopular track Jimmy Jimmy.

2. Like A Prayer - Iconic, argueably her most accomplished work and also her most creative.
[Highlights - EVERY TRACK]

3. American Life - Underrated, acoustic mixed with electric and incredibly personal.
[Highlights - Hollywood, Intervention, X-Static Process and Nothing Fails]

4. Ray Of Light - The most successful re-invention of her career, brought Madonna back to the top.
[Highlights - Frozen, Drowned World/Substitute For Love, Has To Be and Mer Girl]

5. Erotica - The misunderstood masterpiece, dark, moody and powerful.
[Highlights - Erotica, Secret Garden, Deeper and Deeper, In This Life and Rain]

6.Music
7.Hard Candy
8.Bedtime Stories
9.Madonna
10.MDNA
11.Confessions On A Dancefloor
12.Like A Virgin
13.I'm Breathless
I will come back tomorrow to complete this as i have other stuff to do but I wholeheartedly agree about True Blue, iconic cover pic and my most favourite Madonna look of all time, and great great classic pop songs.

Madonna never appeared on any of the 'Now' albums as far as I remember, something to do with copyright i think.

LIB appeared on one of the 'Hits' series of albums but i can't recall which one it was.
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Old 01-11-2012, 16:08
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I don't dislike any of them to be honest but I have my favourites:
1. Like a Prayer
2. Ray of Light
3. Erotica
4. Like a Virgin
5. Madonna
6. Music
7. True Blue
8. Confessions
9. American Life
10. MDNA
11. Bedtime Stories
12. Hard Candy
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Old 01-11-2012, 16:12
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Here goes I have thought long and hard but based my list on what albums I still play and enjoy as much now as when they were released compared to maybe how much I initially loved the album. As especially bedtime stories at the time I never really enjoyed with exception of a few tracks yet now now it one of the most played in my collection.

1. EROTICA
2. American Life
3. I'm breathless
4. Bedtime Stories
5. Ray of Light
6. Like a Prayer
7. MDNA
8. Confessions on a Dancefloor
9. The First Album
10. Music
11. True Blue
12. Hard Candy
13. Like a Virgin
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Old 01-11-2012, 16:32
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I will come back tomorrow to complete this as i have other stuff to do but I wholeheartedly agree about True Blue, iconic cover pic and my most favourite Madonna look of all time, and great great classic pop songs.

Madonna never appeared on any of the 'Now' albums as far as I remember, something to do with copyright i think.

LIB appeared on one of the 'Hits' series of albums but i can't recall which one it was.
yeah, warner co-released the `hits` series, so her music appeared on those albums instead. `la Isla bonita` was on hits 6, if i remember correctly.

my ranking changes all the time, but at the moment it would be:

1. Like A Prayer
2. Confessions On A Dancefloor
3. Ray Of Light
4. True Blue
5. Music
6. Madonna
7. Hard Candy
8. American Life
9. Mdna
10. Like A Virgin
11. Erotica
12. I`m Breathless
13. Bedtime Stories
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Old 01-11-2012, 18:08
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I will come back tomorrow to complete this as i have other stuff to do but I wholeheartedly agree about True Blue, iconic cover pic and my most favourite Madonna look of all time, and great great classic pop songs.

Madonna never appeared on any of the 'Now' albums as far as I remember, something to do with copyright i think.

LIB appeared on one of the 'Hits' series of albums but i can't recall which one it was.
Thank you for reminding me -
http://static.orenet.co.uk/yperano//...Hits%206_0.jpg

If you look closely side 3 has La Isla Bonita as the first track followed by Bruce Willis 'Under the Boardwalk' - memories!
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Old 01-11-2012, 18:22
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Madonna albums can be ranked as such:

Masterpiece:
Like A Prayer
Erotica
Ray Of Light
Confessions On A DanceFloor
Madonna

Great:
American Life
True Blue
Like A Virgin


Good:
Music
Hard Candy
MDNA
Bedtime Stories
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Old 01-11-2012, 19:32
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I will come back tomorrow to complete this as i have other stuff to do but I wholeheartedly agree about True Blue, iconic cover pic and my most favourite Madonna look of all time, and great great classic pop songs.

Madonna never appeared on any of the 'Now' albums as far as I remember, something to do with copyright i think.

LIB appeared on one of the 'Hits' series of albums but i can't recall which one it was.
While i have ranked True Blue low (as you know i adore all her albums tbh anyway) yes that look was her first true shake up wasnt it....i do adore that look and Whos That girl...film and tour tbh
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Old 01-11-2012, 19:33
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Madonna albums can be ranked as such:

Masterpiece:
Like A Prayer
Erotica
Ray Of Light
Confessions On A DanceFloor
Madonna

Great:
American Life
True Blue
Like A Virgin


Good:
Music
Hard Candy
MDNA
Bedtime Stories
Adore your structuring HM dahling

the Masterpieces, the greats and the goods Love it near enough kinda how i divided it...kinda but in a bit less obvious and more ambiguous kinda way hehe. Oh and a few changes there too of course
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Old 01-11-2012, 19:46
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They are all great albums and they all have meaning to me both socially and personally.

I'm Breathless
Who's That Girl?
American Life
Like A Prayer
Erotica
Madonna
True Blue
Ray Of Light
MDNA
Confessions
Bedtime Stories
Music
Hard Candy
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Old 01-11-2012, 19:52
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Adore your structuring HM dahling

the Masterpieces, the greats and the goods Love it near enough kinda how i divided it...kinda but in a bit less obvious and more ambiguous kinda way hehe. Oh and a few changes there too of course
Why thank you I ranked kind of in order of what I enjoy and perceive to be her best as well as the general concensus i get from others and then her goods as they are above average nada good listen even if the weakest in her cannon but most surprisingly seem to agree on the rank order MDNA being he only devisive one unsurprisingly
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Old 01-11-2012, 22:12
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Why thank you I ranked kind of in order of what I enjoy and perceive to be her best as well as the general concensus i get from others and then her goods as they are above average nada good listen even if the weakest in her cannon but most surprisingly seem to agree on the rank order MDNA being he only devisive one unsurprisingly
haha i like it....yeah kinda like how i thought out mine in an unthought out kinda way haha.

Like my fave ever, then the albums closest to that and then the ones i enjoy basically .

and yeah tbh while i think MDNA is great all round...still my favourite this year...it has more or less laid down the road unto the next chapter really...but its done well considering everything too Im just ready for the delicious top quality tarmac to go on the mysterious road for album 13
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