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Bedtime Stories

Madonna Audio CD
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1. Survival
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3. I'd Rather Be Your Lover
4. Don't Stop
5. Inside Of Me
6. Human Nature
7. Forbidden Love
8. Love Tried To Welcome Me
9. Sanctuary
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11. Take A Bow

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On this, her seventh album proper, Madonna once again shows that one of her greatest talents is her ability to choose collaborators who bring the best out of her. This time around, the producers and co-writers include Bjork, Nellee Hooper (Massive Attack/Soul II Soul) and swing deities Dallas Austin & Babyface (who, amongst a myriad of credits, were the men behind TLC's CrazySexyCool). Mellower in the most part than her previous work, the album includes the usual handful of hits in "Secret", "Human Nature", the title track, and "Take A Bow", a duet with Babyface which is as beautifully glum as anything she's done. While the period between the Erotica/Sex fiasco and her triumphant return with 1998's Ray Of Light was a comparatively lean period commercially for Madonna, this album is up there with the best of her work. --Ronita Dutta

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MADONNA Bedtime Stories (1994 UK 11-track CD album. On this her seventh album proper Madonna once again shows that one of her greatest talents is her ability to choose collaborators who bring the best out of her. On this album the producers andco-writers include Bjork Nellee Hooper [Massive Attack/Soul II Soul] and Dallas Austin & Babyface. More mellow than previous albums but still includes a handful of hits with Secret Human Nature Bedtime Stories and Take A Bow.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Personal Favourite Madonna Album! Feb. 14 2010
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'Bedtime Stories' came out in 1994, I was 4-years-old and still running around in pre-school and didn't know who Madonna was just yet. I officially became a fan of Madonna's in 2000 when she came out with her 'Music' album. I remember dragging my poor mother out to the now defunct record store 'Sam The Record Man'(a store here in Canada) on Boxing Day because my Aunt Becky had given me a gift certificate for Christmas. Of course I had heard songs like 'Like A Virgin', 'Frozen', 'Beautiful Stranger', 'True Blue' and her cover of 'American Pie' and many others.

Unfortunately, when I moved from Oshawa, Ontario to Courtice, Ontario six years ago my copy of the 'Music' album got lost in the move and for a while I just shrugged it off and didn't bother get a new copy until last summer.

My interest in Madonna made it's return about a year ago when I heard she was coming out with an album where she was working with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland because I had been a fan of their work. It really gave me a big kick in the butt to start my own personal Madonna collection so I started listening to sound bites on Amazon and much to my surprise with each album I previewed I realized that I had not only heard a lot of the songs before, but that I had liked them. I'd say I was still a fan of her's but not a real huge fanatic like I am now. Madonna to me at the time - [before I started running down her collection of albums to buy] was more half and half with her. There were songs of her's I heard and liked, but after purchasing her 'Music' album at the time I was young and just wasn't interested in Madonna as much as I was other artists at the time.
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This is one of the few albums of Madonna that I love in its entirety. She sings R&B style music and all of the songs are a pleasure to listen to. It's a very laidback album and not one necessarily for dancing to...but more of an album to relax to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Average Madonna Album That Hasn't Aged Well April 1 2012
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Listening to 1994's "Bedtime Stories" again after all these years, I've come to the realization this effort does not hold up as well as alot of her other work and has deservedly been relegated to a footnote in Madonna history. This despite the fact that it contains her most successful single ever. Though it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks in 1995, "Take a Bow" feels very manufactured and generic, like she and Babyface sat down to write a commercial, Adult Contemporary hit. The song is pleasant but innocuous and lacks PASSION. The vocal performance seems sterile unlike other ballads such as "In This Life", "Rain" and "Live To Tell"--even "Crazy For You" showed more emotion.

The remainder of the album contains listless tracks such as "I'd Rather Be Your Lover", "Inside of Me", "Forbidden Love", "Love Tried To Welcome Me", or hip-hop wannabe numbers that contain too much sampling. Madonna responds to the Sex/Erotica/Body of Evidence backlash in a couple of disparate tracks: the wistful opener "Survival" and angry, defensive "Human Nature" where she proclaims "I'm not your b**ch".

The incessant fuzzy 'n scratchy 'let's-make-it-sound-like-70s' sampling gets tiresome here and the only highlights are the hit single "Secret" which to me sounds like the perfect anthem for gay self-acceptance; the mid-tempo feel-good bopper "Don't Stop" which transcends sometimes silly lyrics; and the darker, experimental pairing of "Sanctuary" and "Bedtime Story". Had the album been built more around these two songs and Madonna tried a darker approach to her music, this would have been a more interesting project and may have aged better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very soft mix June 29 2008
By Martine
Format:Audio CD
I liked this CD because it is a good compilation of her most soft pop songs. You will not really dance to this album except for 1-2 songs. The rest of the album is very mellow. You should listen at home & in your car!
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I'd say that amongst Madge's albums Bedtime Stories is my favourite. it saounds nothing short of amazing, each song is beautifully costructed and performed. And of course Secret, Take a Bow & Forbidden Love are the true highlights of the album and true classics, on which Madge's career was supposed to be based. Shame, that no more. Just pray God, that Madonna will read this review & realize, that her fans still love her, but not the music she's recently making. PLEASE, MADONNA, START MAKING THE MUSIC, YOU USED TO. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, BUT YOU MUST REALIZE, THAT PAST IS SOMETIMES IS BETTER THAT PRESENT!!!!!
Overall, 2 thumbs up to this album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great effort here July 12 2004
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Perhaps the most underappreciated album in her catalogue, even more so than Erotica. This album is the last gasp of the true Madonna we all came to love before Kabbalah, electronica, and a new joy for preaching claimed her soul :p
Starts off with a catchy song named "Survival" in which she sings "I'll never be an angel, I'll never be a saint it's true, i'm to busy surviving, whether it's heaven or hell I'm gonna be living to tell" which basically sums up Madonna in a nutshell. It's followed by the fabulous "Secret" with it's warm vocals and infectious production, then gets into two mediocre songs "I'd Rather Be Your Lover" and "Don't Stop" before picking up again with "Inside Of Me." This song is supposedly about her mother but it never felt that way to me, either way it's good tune with sweeet lyrics. Next up is an instant classic, Maddy's kiss off to her critics during the Erotica era, "Human Nature," "Did I say something true, oops I didn't know I couldn't talk about you" she says in an obviously irritated tone that is the perfect response.
I could go on and discuss the remaining songs, which are all great, but now I wanna mention her voice. She sounds great on this album and it's obvious she worked real hard in the studio to pull off the tuneful and varied sounds she uses to color her vocal.
All in all this was an excellent contribution to her discography and better than some of her later work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars madonna's BEST work ever
well i'd have to say that this is my favorite madonna cd ever. i feel that this cd is very diverse, making it a pleasurable listen throughout. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Natacha P
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Greatest Story Yet
It was not until I bought Bedtime Stories a few weeks ago that I realized that this is Madonna's most consistent and pleasing album ever. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Myles Q. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna Rules!
Madonna always the best singer ever because she is not afraid to hide and of who she is. Those songs makes her express her feelings to this CD. Very BEST CD ever. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Tyson Shawn Love
4.0 out of 5 stars BEDTIME BUT NOT SLEEPING
Bedtime Stories is another amazing album by Madonna! With a more r&b feel to it, each song has a cool style, both sexy,and upbeat. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Ziggita
5.0 out of 5 stars This Madonna CD is the way time best
This Cd is the best. Thats all I have to say. I have no words on how great this CD is.
Published on June 6 2004 by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars These Bedtime Stories WON'T put u to sleep
My opinion, this is one of the BEST cds albums Madonna has and i have all of them. My favorite songs are Secret, Human Nature, Forbidden Love, Love Tried To Welcome Me, Sancury,... Read more
Published on June 2 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Blended well with the R&B hits of that year, yet that funky!
Madonna's album "Bedtime Stories" was a much needed lift from the David Letterman show controversy she faced in 1994. Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by Preston L. Moreaux
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