MADONNA’S BEDTIME STORIES: Spotlight Album

I’ll never be an angel
I’ll never be a saint it’s true
I’m too busy surviving
Whether it’s heaven or hell
I’m gonna be living to tell, so
Here’s my story (my story)
No risk no glory (no glory)

Madonna - Bedtime StoriesComing off of Madonna’s Sex book and her provocative Erotica CD, Madonna toned down the sexual themes and went for a much more lean, laidback, commercial style for her sixth CD, Bedtime Stories. In 1994, during the height of the New Jack Swing era, Madonna enlisted a team of R&B producers to create a collection of radio friendly songs that were able to cross over to the R&B, Dance, Pop, and Urban charts. This was the first Madonna CD to feature so many guest producers. You’ve got Babyface, Dallas Austin, Dave Hall (Mariah’s producer), and Nellee Hooper (Soul II Soul).

Madonna+human+natureWhen you press play on Bedtime Stories, you’re instantly taken back to the early 90’s. The Babyface influence on Take A Bow and Forbidden Love, the contemporary R&B flow on Secret, and Meshell Ndegeocello’s duet on I’d Rather Be Your Lover are definitive songs of the era. But don’t take this to mean that Madonna was at the mercy of her producers. Bedtime Stories contains some of the personal and revealing lyrics Madonna has ever written. The CD kicks off with the lyrics, The provocative single, Human Nature, addressed the backlash from the Erotica CD. It was labeled her most autobiographical album at the time of release.

madonna-bedtime_stories-The four singles all went to the top of the charts and their videos set the pace for the Madonna’s golden era of music videos. The title track was co-written with Iceland’s Bjork and featured one of the most outrageous videos of the 90’s. Her video for Take A Bow won the MTV Female Video Of The Year Award. Secret featured a most organic and soulful sound. Add it all up and it’s one of Madonna’s best albums from start to finish.

1. SURVIVAL

 

2. SECRET

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

10. BEDTIME STORY

11. TAKE A BOW

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