Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy
 

DS Forums

 
 

Madonna's Best Album?


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-11-2013, 00:54
vaslav37
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: London
Posts: 15,639

Like A Prayer or Ray of Light for me...

Confessions was also very good and MDNA was underrated in my opinion.

I also think Erotica was not that bad but it was knocked because she brought out the Sex book at the same time.

I loved Madonna in her 'Ray Of Light' period...the whole album was amazing as was 'Like A Prayer'..

not sure if she is releasing a new album now until 2015.
vaslav37 is online now   Reply With Quote
Please sign in or register to remove this advertisement.
Old 05-11-2013, 01:28
rfonzo
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 6,932
'Ray of Light' was the best because it brought her back from the doldrums and the music showed her to be more mature as a person. She was prepared to embrace her 40's. The style of music was different and she wanted to experiment with contrasting sounds.
rfonzo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 03:12
dee123
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 13,656
Ray Of Light is her magnum opus.
dee123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 05:54
vaslav37
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: London
Posts: 15,639
I just loved the album cover, ethereal Madonna..
vaslav37 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 06:24
little-monster
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 15,713
Erotica
little-monster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 07:59
Revolution 909
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Republic of Ireland.
Posts: 211
Ray of Light is Madonna's best album.
Revolution 909 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 09:03
MrMarple
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,580
I'll never understand the why 'Bedtime Stories' isn't as highly thought of as most of her other albums.

IMO it's her greatest & best album.
I think it probably gets overlooked a bit because it didn't have any massive singles released from it, but I honestly think any of the tracks could have been released.

I just think it's a really chilled out album & I get the impression that Madonna was a bit sick & tired of the hoopla about 'Erotica', and this was her 'I don't give a sh*t' album.

Although ironically, the title track (written by Bjork), is the weakest song on the album IMO.

Although saying that, her Brits performance of BS was brilliant. I just think any of the other tracks would have made a better choice for a single.

Just realised that it was released in '94, God I feel old!!
MrMarple is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 09:08
*Clare*
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 537
Ray Of Light. Absolute masterpiece.
*Clare* is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 09:30
Revolution 909
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Republic of Ireland.
Posts: 211
I'll never understand the why 'Bedtime Stories' isn't as highly thought of as most of her other albums.

IMO it's her greatest & best album.
I think it probably gets overlooked a bit because it didn't have any massive singles released from it, but I honestly think any of the tracks could have been released.

I just think it's a really chilled out album & I get the impression that Madonna was a bit sick & tired of the hoopla about 'Erotica', and this was her 'I don't give a sh*t' album.

Although ironically, the title track (written by Bjork), is the weakest song on the album IMO.

Although saying that, her Brits performance of BS was brilliant. I just think any of the other tracks would have made a better choice for a single.

Just realised that it was released in '94, God I feel old!!
Although I previously stated that I believe Ray of Light to be Madonna's greatest album, Bedtime Stories would be in my Top 3 Madonna albums, alongside Ray of Light and Confessions on a Dancefloor.

I think that Bedtime Stories is criminally underrated by the fans and by the general public when they think of Madonna. It's a calming, soothing and smooth album that is a very easy listen, especially towards the end of a long day I find.

Take A Bow was one of Madonna's biggest hits. Period. It reigned atop the Billboard singles chart for longer than any other Madonna single. I would disagree with you and say that Bedtime Story is quite the highlight for me, it foreshadowed Madonna's transition to electronic styles and has an ethereal, mystical quality to it.
Revolution 909 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 09:34
AdzPower
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 3,922
I think Ray of Light, it's coherent, expressive and is so personal it bought some tears to my eyes, the instrumentation and influences used on the songs is also serene, experimental and relaxing.
AdzPower is offline Follow this poster on Twitter   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 09:56
vaslav37
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: London
Posts: 15,639
Bedtime Story was a great single but I was not keen on the album.

American Life and Music were better.
vaslav37 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 09:59
Rae_Amury
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 345
Erotica for me, it's her masterpiece.

Followed by Ray of Light, Bedtime Stories, Music and Like a Prayer.
Rae_Amury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 10:05
Rae_Amury
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 345
I'll never understand the why 'Bedtime Stories' isn't as highly thought of as most of her other albums.

IMO it's her greatest & best album.
I think it probably gets overlooked a bit because it didn't have any massive singles released from it, but I honestly think any of the tracks could have been released.

I just think it's a really chilled out album & I get the impression that Madonna was a bit sick & tired of the hoopla about 'Erotica', and this was her 'I don't give a sh*t' album.

Although ironically, the title track (written by Bjork), is the weakest song on the album IMO.

Although saying that, her Brits performance of BS was brilliant. I just think any of the other tracks would have made a better choice for a single.

Just realised that it was released in '94, God I feel old!!
I have to disagree.
Bedtime Story is one of her best and most outstanding songs. The best track on that album.
Rae_Amury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 10:49
RetroMusicFan
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: In Bed In Yorkshire
Posts: 3,079
My personal faves are True Blue and Ray Of Light, but I would say Ray Of Light is her best album, her vocals were the best so far since her training for Evita and it really brought her back into people's good books and it help Madonna win numerous awards too.

Honourable mentions to

Like A Prayer
Erotica
Bedtime Stories
Music
Madonna
Like A Virgin
RetroMusicFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 11:13
MrMarple
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,580
Although I previously stated that I believe Ray of Light to be Madonna's greatest album, Bedtime Stories would be in my Top 3 Madonna albums, alongside Ray of Light and Confessions on a Dancefloor.

I think that Bedtime Stories is criminally underrated by the fans and by the general public when they think of Madonna. It's a calming, soothing and smooth album that is a very easy listen, especially towards the end of a long day I find.

Take A Bow was one of Madonna's biggest hits. Period. It reigned atop the Billboard singles chart for longer than any other Madonna single. I would disagree with you and say that Bedtime Story is quite the highlight for me, it foreshadowed Madonna's transition to electronic styles and has an ethereal, mystical quality to it.
I have to disagree.
Bedtime Story is one of her best and most outstanding songs. The best track on that album.
I've gotta say, it's nice to hear from others who are fans of Bedtime Stories.
Makes a refreshing change IMO.
(Although I'm still not keen on the title track, sorry).
MrMarple is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 13:05
RetroMusicFan
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: In Bed In Yorkshire
Posts: 3,079
I've gotta say, it's nice to hear from others who are fans of Bedtime Stories.
Makes a refreshing change IMO.
(Although I'm still not keen on the title track, sorry).
I'm no fan of BS the single either, I do love the Junior Vasquez single version though.

I love the album though and agree it's very under rated!
RetroMusicFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 13:54
BadKid95
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Liverpool
Posts: 7,051
Ray of Light and Like a Prayer are pretty much at evens for me. In my opinion, they are her most personal albums, displaying her emotional vulnerability but she took some terrible subjects (Like a Prayer mainly) and turned them into something beautiful
BadKid95 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 14:21
Hit Em Up Style
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Cell Block H
Posts: 11,695
Like A Prayer and Ray Of Light for me too and both are definitive pop masterpieces.

I would have to Erotica and American Life in there as well.
Hit Em Up Style is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 15:11
Hound of Love
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 37,313
Ray Of Light.

Followed by Like A Prayer, Confessions & Erotica.
Hound of Love is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 15:14
ea91
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 2,101
Celebration is her best album, duh.
ea91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 15:20
vaslav37
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: London
Posts: 15,639
Greatest Hits not a Studio Album..
vaslav37 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 16:04
ea91
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 2,101
Greatest Hits not a Studio Album..
My favourite songs are Celebration and Revolver.
ea91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 16:50
Cloudy2
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 2,080
My favourite songs are Celebration and Revolver.
Really, didn't like it on the album and didn't like it on the tour.

Best album Like A Prayer, Ray of Light a close 2nd, Confessions is 3rd and True Blue is 4th.

There has been some love for Bedtime Stories on the thread, which is nice I guess, but I have never liked that album and always rate it her worst. I was crushed on the 25th October 1994 when I first listened to it. Crushed I tell you.
Cloudy2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 16:54
SexiRokStarr
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 1,048
American Life. Followed closely by Confessions
SexiRokStarr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2013, 17:02
Josh Pinder
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: A Pirate At Sea
Posts: 23,898
Like a Prayer

My favourite...it marked her real pinacle and highest point in her legacy....As an album it has a real coming of age feel which paints a more timeless picture. It is an artwork in its purest form...as i hear it it feels like i am in this Twilight Zone/Tim Burton nightmare/dreamscape..it speaks to me when i am upset/angry/happy/euphoric...and touches all those emotions across 52 powerful minutes.....from the lead title song to Act Of Contrition it is one massive artwork.

Madonna/P.Leonard and S.bray were a holy trinity and made one heck of an album together...raw, personal, from the soul and the music spoke for itself in so many areas...the Pop/Funk/gospel/Rock/Dance/Psychedelia Pop/Soul across the album has been unparalleled...no other artist could have done it and she did it sublimely....my favourtie album and a massive peak!

Erotica is my second favourite album of all time behind LAP...it is a true dark beautiful masterpiece. and reflects Madonna at her most challenging and also in a dark raw state too...again this album is an artwork.

then i feel Ray of Light, AMerican Life and Confessions on a Dance Floor really pave what she is about in three different areas, Spirituality, Political/Social, Euphoric/Time locked vibes....and for me anyway, equally as strong as each other.

MDNA i feel is very underrated as is Music as albums too....Music i feel in some ways touches hard in a euphoric/escapist way and in a dark..almost sadistic way too....while it sold well i feel it is held far too low in many regards.....MDNA i feel also on replay recently too...it grows with time and so many sounds/styles/themes across the album are varied....it doesnt try to "conform" nor does it try to be "ahead" either...it was on trend and very much not in its time peiod as well as being there...if it makes sense....the EDM harsher sounds, the Psychy/Power Pop vibes and Retro Dance vibes all married together superbly presenting a great album all round.

Also you could say her first three albums marked her into a world class superstar/pop icon early on too...Madonna, Like a Virgin and True Blue i often link together pretty much. Her debut for meshing Post-Disco sounds and New Wave/Punk vibes together, LAV for bringing Nile on baord and presenting a Disco/Funk/New Wave album in a more neater/sophisticated way....and True Blue for of coruse shwocasing her first true reinvention, for varying her themes and expressing her love at that point...also for having a very cinematic ear...while not one of my favourites you cannot deny the albums status shwocasing of where she was to go next .
Josh Pinder is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 00:55.