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I'm Breathless: Music from and Inspired by the Film Dick Tracy

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002LLC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. He's A Man
2. Sooner Or Later
3. Hanky Panky
4. I'm Going Bananas
5. Cry Baby
6. Something To Remember
7. Back In Business
8. More
9. What Can You Lose
10. Now I'm Following You (Part I)
11. Now I'm Following You (Part II)
12. Vogue

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antoine D. Reid on June 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
I got this CD recently to complete my Madonna collection. I wasn't expecting a lot from it but I was pleasantly surprised to find this was amazingly good! It's different from her other albums. Madonna takes on a more 1930s/1940s sound that went with her character in the movie Dick Tracy. What I think is best about this album is that it showcases Madonna's range. She's able to take on an upbeat song like "Vogue" while playing a sultry temptress with "He's a Man." There really isn't a track I would feel like skipping but some of the highlights-
1- "He's a Man" The song starts off slowly and builds up as it goes on. Madonna pushes her vocal register, really digging for the low notes and making it all come off as sounding powerful and alluring. One of the best Madonna songs period.
2- "Now I'm Following You" Part I is a simple little song that has Madonna singing a duo with another male. It has a classic sound to it. Then Part II is the more upbeat version of it, sort of a remix shall we say. It has a funkier beat and sound clips mixed in from other songs and from her character's role in the movie. A nice song overall.
3- "Vogue" - It's her hit song, what else needs to be said?
4- "Something to Remember" A song that simply hinges on emotions. It has a piano background with a few other instruments now and then. Her voice is heavy and it's rather simplistic but that gives it it's strength. She sings a song of gratitude sort of to someone she once loved but lost for whatever reason. Madonna convinces you the listener that this is something that really could have happened.
5 - "Back in Business" Sounds rather big-band. This song's strength comes in its lyrics. Only the chorus part is loud and full of energy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
For this album, Madonna goes back in time to a completely different musical age - the 1940's, when pop music was very different, although the 1940's style is obscured somewhat by a 1990's production style. This is a light-hearted album, more in keeping with (though very different from) the song-and-dance music that Betty Grable did than the pop music of Dinah Shore or Jo Stafford. Some songs are covers of songs from that period but most are original songs written in style of the time, even including some novelty songs that you either love or hate. Madonna's big hit of the time, Vogue, was added to the album to help sales but it doesn't really blend in.
Stephen Sondheim composed three of the songs, these being Sooner or later, More and What can you lose - a duet with Mandy Patinkin. Madonna's performances on these songs are impressive. Of Madonna's own songs, Hanky panky and Vogue were huge hits but the outstanding song is Something to remember, which later became the title track of a compilation of her ballads. He's a man and Back in business are also wonderful. I also enjoyed Cry baby but I can imagine that some people will not like this at all. Madonna did not write the two other original songs - I'm going bananas (a slightly sill but entertaining novelty song) and Now I'm following you parts 1 and 2 (a lot of fun but definitely not a novelty).
I had to play this album a few times before I really appreciated it, but I liked it more with each listen. Although this album is just for fun, Madonna's covers of the Sondheim songs suggest that she could record a serious jazz album if she ever wants to.
This is not like any of Madonna's other albums so some of her fans may not like it. At the same time, I'm not sure that it will win her any new fans. Nevertheless, this is a fascinating album that proves just how versatile Madonna really is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lena Jawad on March 3 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD, in my opinion, has to be one of the greatest CD's that has ever reached Planet Earth.The songs on this album are not your average day Madonna songs. The CD is full of theatrical masterpieces written by legendary broadway writer Stephen Sondheim. The songs have the power to lift you from reality and to another dimension, that of sheer fantasy. If I'm starting to talk utter nonsense that is only because I have been taken over by the beautiful melodies on the album.
The most magical song on the album is 'Sooner or Later' which won the 1990 Academy Award for Best Original Song. This song is just one of the many songs that appears in the ever-so glamourous film Dick Tracy. If you are in a bad mood, then I can assure you that this CD will make you feel 110% again because it is so uplifting. Closing my eyes when I listen to this CD makes me feel that I am actually at Broadway watching a theatre production. The atmosphere that surrounds you as you listen to this CD is wonderful and you feel that you have escaped the real world of misery and are in heaven for about an hour and a half of your life.
There is not one song on the album that will not make you feel like dancing around in your bedroom or vacuuming the living room in your 'sweats'. The instrumentals on many songs on this cd are of sheer class and Madonna's beautiful and multi-octave voice will only leave you in an ultimate state of happiness. There is also a memorable appearance by the dashing Warren Beatty on the song 'Now I'm following you'.
This CD will really leave you breathless
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