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Something to remember is a compilation album by Madonna released in the year 1995. The album is totally different than her previous albums and contains more ballads, but there are also three new songs and some old songs not previously appeared on her albums. These are softer songs of Madonna. Below is a discussion of some songs: I Want You I want you is the first song on the album and begins with a kind of knocking sound after another and quickly an electro beat begins to play. It has a somewhat vague beginning and the song remains in a slow tempo. You hear violins in the background and a sultry voice of Madonna. It is a kind of ballad only by the obvious beat sounds a little harder this time. Not one of my favorites. I'll Remember This song begins on a much happier note and a good guitar beat. Madonna's voice still sounds soft, but what goes halfway through the song a little harder. The song remains at a mid tempo, but it is certainly contagious which gradually the drum emerges. Definitely a lot better than the first number. Crazy for You Crazy for you is a slower ballad with the use of the guitar and even a bit of Spanish influence. It remains a slow song with Madonna overall a soft voice. The song feels a lot more personal and I like the voice of Madonna certainly at this song. Certainly not wrong. Live to Tell Llive to tell begins somewhat dramatic but in a gentle way with the drums and especially here and there like electro pop sounds. It's a classic Madonna and I like this song. It is a calm song but again Madonna shows another side of her. The song has much more soul and substance, and it sounds certainly not wrong. Forbidden Love Forbidden Love by Madonna yet again goes back to the sound like the Erotica album. It is a somewhat sultry song and especially the voice of Madonna sounds tempting and soft. It is about love and you get lyrics like 'In your arms and in your eyes. " The quietly sultry song with no clear beat and where it is more about the voice of Madonna. Conclusion This album shows Madonna clearly a softer and sensual side of her. For this album she had more of a particularly shocking and sexual image. The song certainly shows a softer side of her and there are mainly ballads on this album. No over-produced tracks with an obvious beat, but more laid back songs that are sure nice to hear. Not a bad album, but here and there a bit too sweet.
Something To Remember was released by Madonna in 1995. There are some massive songs on this album and its one I've always really enjoyed. I decided it was time to give it a review and see if it really lives up to its name. So here is what I think of each song: 1. I Want You - A slow start, quite a weak song for me. This is one I always used to skip. Its a very slow beat and the lyrics lack much imagination really. A poor start to the album. 2/5 2. I'll Remember - This is more like it. A brilliant song, I love the intro and the way the music gradually comes in. Madonna gives a very nice performance on this track and the words really have feeling. A very nice little song. 4/5 3. Take A Bow - Another instant classic. This is one a lot of people will be familiar with. Really nice music, it has quite a chilled out feel to it and there are some sultry lyrics. Another good song. 4/5 4. You'll See - The Song starts off with a little Spanish guitar, then the words kick in. Some really strong powerful lyrics make this another really good song. Madonna with some very nice vocals make this an easy song to listen to. 4/5 5. Crazy For You - Again this is another classic. I love the music and the words. This is such a good song and it really feels like a massive power ballad. This is one of my favourites on the album and always makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. 5/5 6. This Used To Be My Playground - Now this is probably a song that people love, but for some reason it has never quite done it for me. I find it a little slow and boring. Its got good lyrics but I just find it a bit depressing and miserable. 3/5 7. Live To Tell - A slow start before the music kicks in. Then the beautiful little riffs come in and the song starts to flow. This is another song I like, there is a really good chorus and it all comes together well. 4/5 8. Love Don't Live Here Anymore - This is another song that I know a lot of people really rave about. I don't like it. There is something about the music that does not do it for me, it seems disjointed somehow. The words do nothing for me and so its one I tend to skip on the album. 2/5 9. Something To Remember - An average song. Its not really bad, but its not really good. Its not got much to it and while its easy to listen to I don't really notice it much. The word 'filler' springs to mind. This is a shame as its the title track so I think it should have some impact! 3/5 10. Forbidden Love - Quite a steamy little number. Again some people like these kind of Madonna songs but for me it does very little. Another one I tend to skip. 2/5 11. One More Chance - Back to her best here. Some nice guitar at the start sets the song up well. Some good lyrics and a very good vocal performance make this a really good song. 4/5 12. Rain - Possibly my at time favourite Madonna song. This starts off quietly and then seems to explode into life. I love the music and the words, while very simple are so effective. This is Madonna at her best and its just an all round wonderful song. Great stuff! 5/5 13. Oh Father - Another piece of magic. Usually all the big songs at the start of an album, but this is not the case on this album. This song has a quirky little start and then a beautiful intro with violins and piano. The words in this song are very powerful and emotive and just add weight to the power of the song. 5/5 14. I Want You (Orchestral) - This is really a remix of the first song. Its Ok but as I don't really like the original it doesn't do a huge lot for me. However the strings in the background are very nice and I think I do prefer this version. 3/5 Overall this has to be described as an epic album. One thing of note is the length of the album, there are fourteen songs and many of them are over five minutes long so it really is a long album. There are some magical songs on there and even though there are a few I'm not that keen on it is still a really good album. If your a fan of Madonna this is an album you simply must own!
Madonna's greatest ballads collection, this album contains many of Madonna's best ballads of yesteryear, as well as a few new ones. I Want You (with MASSIVE ATTACK) is a powerful, seductive song. "I want you to want me, I want you, but I want you to want me too" Madonna croons, silkily. Resist that if you can. MASSIVE ATTACK add a powerful backing music to it that adds weight to the song. A long introduction starts this song, with a hip-hop drum with exceptional emphasis on the bass, and a semi-tone string figure. Madonna sings this song of desire and unrequited love in a languid manner, her vocal right to the front of the mix. The theme of wanting to change the mind of a reluctant lover could almost be from a James Bond theme tune, indeed this song could well be one in its style. The second chorus comes in with the swirl of a harp. The drum loop goes on repeating, complete with a strange bleeping noise on top of it, which has the same effect as a telephone ringing when you're otherwise engaged late at night. The singing is supplemented by spoken passages. Though it does seem overlong if just listened to, if watched with the black and white video, it is extremely fitting and conveys the heartache of waiting for love that will never be returned. I'll Remember is from the film 'With Honors'. Madonna sings of how she's been helped by the love of someone who is no longer with her, but for whom she feels great gratitude - "and I'll remember the love that you gave me, now that I'm standing on my own". A lovely ballad. Which is interesting, as the song was arranged by dance/soul buffs and slowed down. A steadily reverberating synth keyboard pulses throughout the track like a heartbeat. Backing vocals on the later choruses add nice support, along with a few strings cascading down just before the third chorus. In style, this could be a Seventies song in places, apart from the arrangement and the very heavy low bass. Madonna's voice is submerged behind the keyboard and there is no climax to the song, it just plays and then fades in a very understated way - which is particularly classy and effective. This was one of Madonna's biggest radio hits in the US, but it is something of a forgotten gem (which is ironic, given the title!), probably because the film wasn't so big. Take a Bow is a classic Madonna song - an extremely successful song that Americans in particular liked, though Europeans were less keen. A slow and rhythmic recitation, Maddy 'commends' her lover on his acting ability, and says that he ought to get an award. This doesn't refer to any acting aspirations, but to his relationship with her. He broke her heart and it's time to end it all...very sentimental. Musically, there is more than a hint of the Far East here, with oriental pentatonics and exotic chop-suey strings. The verse is sustained by a long descending chord sequence with a few odd twists. Backed and produced by Babyface, it bears all of his languid and laid-back style. Lyrically, it contains quite a few cliches, also drawing inspiration from William Shakespeare with "all the world is a stage and everyone has their part". As stylish and beautifully performed as it is, it lacks the final stage of emotion that would make it a great track, and it is perhaps a trifle over-long. I think it fits better in this album rather than in the Bedtime Stories album, where it jars with the preceding ambient title track. But the real jewel in the crown of ballads is You'll See, which was written at around about the same time that Madonna was being seriously harassed by a stalker. Maybe this song is a get-back at him, who knows (though Madonna did say this was more about self-empowerment than revenge), but it is simply the most beautiful of ballads. A reiterated low bass, wind-chimes and the occasional twist of Spanish guitar introduce this sombre ballad, whose story is one of defiant perseverance. In the song, Madonna's lover treats her badly, leaves her and thinks he's destroyed her. Though obviously hurting badly, Madonna insists "I will survive, I will stay alive" and warns him "you think that you are strong, but you are weak. It takes more strength to cry, admit defeat. I have truth on my side, you only have deceit". What wonderful lyrics - and Madonna puts in a performance to match. Let no-one say that Madonna's voice lacks emotion - refer them to this song. Indeed, the chord changes of the progression and the turns in the melody give Madonna a chance to really show off her voice - there is a greater rate of harmonic change in this track than in many others. The overall sense of the song is one of controlled drama, building as percussion hits, but not overbearing the song. Again, the song is beautifully understated, with Madonna harmonising with herself pleasingly. From the film 'Vision Quest', Crazy For You is a more country-style of song. True country fans may see this as mediocre, but it is an interesting diversion for Madonna and one that underlines her versatility and willingness to experiment, especially as this song was recorded in 1985 when no-one thought Madonna could do anything except dancepop music. It's an increase in sophistication from her previous material, though the boldness that is Madonna's signature is also evident here. The intro to the song has electic guitar chords with woodwind supplementation - which is a theme that recurs through the song. The other strong feature of the music is the snare drum that kicks in at the end of each bar. Otherwise, there is harp, guitar and bass synth. Vocal-wise, this track shows Madonna's increasing, as most of the song is deeper than her wont at the time, and yet she goes pretty high at times. The song may sound raw compared to some of the other material on this album, but given the el even-year difference in time, that is not surprising (and it is actually pleasing), and it helps underline Madonna's journey through the years. From the baseball film, 'In A League Of Their Own', set in the Forties and starring Madonna, This Used To Be My Playground has to be a contender for the saddest Madonna song. She sings regretfully of how her past life is dead and gone. It is a quite beautiful ballad, where Madonna revisits her childhood, torn between the pull of the past and letting go it, concluding finally that letting go is too much to ask. It's very much in the theme first explored in her 'Like A Prayer' album, deeply personal and emotional as there are subtle references to her mother ("wishing you were here with me"). Arranged by Shep Pettibone, the music is very lush and romantic, starting off with a nice swirl from a keyboard and a swell of strings, introducing a song which has many swells, and troughs within it. The structure of the song is very interesting, where the chorus and the verses seem to flow into each other almost seamlessly. Madonna's voice is very expressive but in a subdued, haunted way. This has to be another gem of this album, or even of Madonna's entire career and underlines Madonna's skill in songwriting. Despite the different quality of 'Crazy For You', Live To Tell must have been a great surprise at the time that it came out in 1986. Madonna's voice suddenly sound several shades deeper and more mature. The theme tune to then-husband Sean Penn's film 'At Close Range', it is a real tear-jerking ballad. Madonna describes how her man proved unworthy of her love ("a man can tell a thousand lies, I've learned my lesson well. Hope I live to tell the secret I have learned, 'til then it will burn inside of me"). This has some really beautiful lyrics and another example is "if I run away, I'd never have the strength to go ver y far. How would they hear the beating of my heart ?". Madonna tackles the theme of child abuse, a very brave move, as her lack of experience in this area of songs could have made the song fall flat on its face with the critics. Music-wise, the strong snare drum adds drama to the track, but this quality is most well provided by the synth strings and electric piano, with heavy metal guitar adding twists of style in tightly controlled doses. Another very compelling ballad, it is surprising to learn that it was recorded from a single take onto a demo (producer Pat Leonard says you can hear the lyrics sheet in Madonna's hand rustle faintly, though I can't quite make that out) - done this way because of the shy, naive, raw and yet powerful delivery by Madonna. It is well worth a listen, and especially since it is one of Madonna's earliest ballads. It is very important in the history of Madonna's musical progression and recognition by others as a serious artist. To this date, the song remains shrouded in mystery but it was the song that made other musicians join in the worldwide fever for this exciting new star. The song is a complete antithesis to her previous songs about love and sex. It was haunting and dark and instead of the customary shrill bubbles resonating from Madonnas vocal cords, we hear a deep, measured, plaintive sound that only makes the world even more astounded by the new object of their affections. Could Madonna be more than just a sexy pop tart with great dance songs and Marilyn Monroe aspirations?? Could she actually be a great singer/songwriter? America hadn't seen a great female singer/songwriter who was also a star. Carole King decades ago, Joni Mitchell wrote but rarely troubled the summit of the worlds pop charts. And here was Madonna, showing the potential of being all things to everyone. Love Don't Live Here Anymore was not commercially successful, but I can't for the live of me think why - just listen to Madonna's voice and tell me this is not a great song. Sung previously by Rose Royce (in 1978), Madonna's version is far more powerful and emotional - sounding very different to the shrill disco diva voice - giving insights to the talent that Madonna would show later on. It was her very first attempt at an increase in sophistication, and was certainly a brave one - with Madonna trying different vocal tricks used by soul singers, not being entirely successful with all of them, but generally handling them well. She managed to pull a lot more tone and power out of her voice for this song, sounding in places like a higher-pitched Alison Moyet, though maybe (if one is being hyper-critical) lacking in the deeper resonance. The song deals with abandonment by a lover, quite familiar territory for popular music. Music-wise, the song is carried by acoustic guitar and synth strings, with drums coming in later. It was given a new lease of life on this album - nearly twelve years after it was originally recorded - where it was released with a new video and a remixed, slinkier tune. Personally I prefer the original, but it's still a good song. Something To Remember, the title track was from the album 'I'm Breathless'. It's a slow slinky number with restrained by slightly funky electric piano supported by strings and delicate percussion. The chord sequence has many unexpected shifts and the melody is equally unpredictable in the way it changes direction. The music's unpredictable jazz changes have the effect of bracing the tune against sentimentality. Lyrically, the words sum up a love affair which hasn't worked out but from which some good has come - a complex emotion. The message of the song, from the departed lover is "love yourself". Madonna's is voice full of regret and acing loss. The last part of the song has drums to kick it along. A very classy song and another forgotten song with an ironic title. For bidden Love is another slow, slinky, sexy and sensual song with Babyface providing partly-whispered, partly-sung backing vocals. It is about a crush Maddy has on a man who is off-limits - hence 'forbidden love' - and she knows it's not right, but she doesn't care. The track is carried mostly by the vocals as the instrumentation is sparse, but strings do come in at the midpoint of the song to brighten the sound somewhat. At this point, Madonna whispers a piece of genius lyrics "rejection is the greatest aphrodisiac". The song stylishly fades to Madonna improvising vocals over the intro. One More Chance is too regretful, grovelling and self-deprecating for its own good, and in this sense this song is the weak link of this album. The music is very organic, not using synthetic sound as is Madonna's wont, but the lyrics are rather bland and performed rather flatly where perhaps Madonna should have dropped the understated whiney sound and gone for something bigger and more dramatic. That's not to say that the song doesn't have redeeming qualities - the chorus has a nice interval leap up with "if you care for me" and there is a nice harmony at points between Madonna's voice and the guitar - but it ends up sounding like something of a filler. "Give me one more chance, tell me that it's not too late", Madonna begs you. Madonna begging me? Oh well, all is forgiven! Rain is a real beauty, yet another gem of this album, chock-full of clever sound tricks, right from the beautiful intro. Romantic rather than sexual (though it deals with sex as part of love), it shows Madonna's vocal range well as most of the song is sung in a deeper pitch, with a higher pitch version overlaid in pleasing self-harmony. A strong drumbeat is nonetheless placed firmly behind Madonna's vocals to provide a good base for the song, as is the strong chords of a synth organ. Quieter percussion in the form of the t wittering of the high-hat also augments this. Lyrically, there is a nod to the Beatles with the line "here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say, never go away", which is lifted almost word-for-word from their single 'Here Comes The Sun' (Abbey Road album) and which is preceded by a crescendo of deep synth sound that sound likes an alien spaceship taking off! Following this there is a clever spoken breakdown where Madonna whispers and speaks phrases almost but not quite simultaneously from both channels, the effect through the different speakers being bewildering and quite powerful. Near the end, the song shifts up in pitch, a trick used only infrequently Madonna, before a beautifully sung last few vocals come in, fading into the sound of distant thunder and rainfall. Exhilarating and healing in equal measure, this is one of Madonna's best songs, gorgeously performed, melding voice and music in a way which we had not heard in Madonna's music until this point. Madonna's relationship with her father was difficult and complex, and the revisitation of her childhood in Oh Father goes some way to explain this, explaining how much better she feels now she is no longer under her father's control and anger. The hurt from her father remarrying after her mother's death is quite evident here, and though the sound of the voice is mature, the wounded child in Madonna is plain to see. A classically beautiful stanza from the song, the vocal bridge asks the question, "Oh father, if you never wanted to live that way, if you never wanted to hurt me, why am I running away ?". Somewhat confusingly, and deliberately, Madonna sings "Oh father, I have sinned" which is an example of the play on words that Madonna loves. Is it her biological father she is addressing, or God (at a time when she was questioning the nature of Catholicism, the religion she was born and brought up in)? Or both? A strangely nostalgic feel c ounterbalances the criticism of her father, and shows what a complex relationship this is, and this is emphasised by a generous compassionate and conciliatory note near the end: "Maybe some day, when I look back I'll be able to say, 'You didn't mean to be cruel - somebody hurt you too.'", which is preceded by a very tasteful instrumental break. Again, Madonna uses contrasting timbre, with a smoother higher voice in a background with a more grainy deep voice as the main voice. As atmospheric as an old Simon and Garfunkel ballad, this haunting song has an ethereal quality and the chorus sees Madonnas voice as a ghost-like chime. This track becomes embellished with dramatic piano as it concludes and contains some nice usage of echoed slide guitar. A very conflicting, but immensely interesting and deeply personal song, it has been compared to Kate Bush's 'The Fog' and Tori Amos' 'Winter' in terms of the power of exploration of childhood. One of the most powerfully emotive songs of Madonna's career. I Want You (orchestral) has a more dramatic feel about it, more refined than the sheer power of MASSIVE ATTACK's backing and is about twenty seconds shorter. The original drum-percussion and bass are removed and replaced by orchestral equivalents, starting with a low string bass line amd gradually bringing in more string. There is harp and brass too, and a high point is a dramatic moment near the end where the strings cease, leaving just Madonna's voice, before returning for a slow, gentle fade. A worthy beginning and end to this fabulous album. This is one incredible album. Madonna nearly always does well with ballads, but collected together under one roof, so to speak, the effect is mind-blowing. It is difficult to say how this could have been made any better.
Everyone knows Madonna isn't the best singer on the planet. But she does produce some damn good albums when she wants to. "Something To Remember " is a fine example of this. All the best ballads from previous albums or soundtracks have all been placed onto one disk. Here's what I think of each track: I WANT YOU (with Massive Attack) I really don't understand why this was given the priority to go first. I Want You is bland, boring and by far the worst song on this album. Don't be too put off though. I'LL REMEMBER Quite fast but definetly a ballad. Wasn't on her previous (full) albums, much stronger than "I Want You" and much more pleasant. TAKE A BOW Incredibly beautiful vocals and backing music on "Take A Bow". Babyface can really make good songs (he made this). YOU'LL SEE The girl strikes back! First we had Madonna calling for men, now shes telling them to get away! Cool, loud song! Also, very spanish sounding CRAZY FOR YOU One of the older songs. You can tell because Madonna's voice isn't too powerful. Most people have heard this, it's good but not excellent. THIS USED TO BE MY PLAYGROUND Quiet, slow but sweet and calming. LIVE TO TELL You will "love" to tell everyone about this classic of a song. Filled with loud beats and worthy lyrics for a superstar. LOVE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Techno noises with Madonna's usual brilliant vocals. Superb. SOMETHING TO REMEMBER Or not in this case. I've owned this CD for about 4 years and this has got to be one of the most boring tracks on it. Still, it beats Britney's songs. FORBIDDEN LOVE Oh very saucy! Not much I can say about this except it's brilliant! ONE MORE CHANCE A bit too slow, average song which could of been vastly improved. RAIN Another blast from the past. Incredibly catchy but with poor vocals. It doesn't matter anyway. OH FATHER "You can hurt me now..!" Love this track to bits. Powerful, elegant and cleverly made. Pure genius work. I WANT YOU (Orchestral) The same as the 1st one but slower. Apart from the occasional let down, this CD is literally "Something To Remember!
The follow up to the multi-platinum Bedtime Stories, was 1995s Something To Remember. Described in the press release for the album as ‘a very special collection, which brings together her finest ballads’, it is indeed a very fine record. One gets the impression that maybe Madonna was feeling a little sorry for her-self around this time, as the sleeve notes state that ‘so much controversy has surrounded her career the last 10 years that the music is all but forgotten’. Without fanfare she introduces the collection of ballads saying, “…all of them are from my heart”. Heck, even the cover of the album has Madonna in a feeling sorry for myself type pose. I suppose she was getting quite a lot of flack around this time though, after the book and records about sex. So, it was her statement for people to take her seriously again. They should have been anyway after the release of the classic ‘Bedtime Stories’, but ‘Something to Remember’ was going to make sure. And I think it did, the collection of serious songs made some see her in a new light, and indeed remember all the stunning music she had brought us since the early 80s. For others it was almost a greatest hits mark two. So the track listing from the very fine album features several of her big hits, a couple of new recordings and singles never before available on a Madonna album. The 14 tracks leave you feeling rather chilled, if not a little depressed by the end, but are also inspiring and do make you realise just how good Madonna’s music really is. It begins with ‘I want you’, a cover of Marvin Gaye’s 1976 song, and also a collaboration with Massive Attack. You can tell that Massive Attack have done their work on this record, the beat smacks of them. Lush strings and breathy, seductive vocals wind their way around the rhythm. It’s a pretty super track actually, and leaves you wanting more. And more you get. Next up, a mix of ‘I’ll Remember’. This is one of the singles never before available on a Madonna album, from the film ‘With Honours’. It actually bridged the gap between Madonna's notorious Erotica period and the sleek Bedtime Stories period, and was successful as a single, spending nearly half a year in the US charts! Maybe a taster of what was to come at the time? This is one of the more upbeat numbers on the album. Still, a pretty sad song about remembering something that is gone. Then we have ‘Take A Bow’ which featured on the Bedtime Stories album. The song was a massive hit in the states, spending a number of weeks perched above the rest. It again has some great orchestrals, which work very well. The lyrics are also pretty good. ‘You’ll See’ is one of the new songs, written and recorded with David Foster. It has a very Spanish feel to it, with some sharp acoustic guitar, and a meaningful rhythm. This is a very determined song; the lyrics show this lady will not be beaten. It has a bit of an atmosphere about it actually…from the almost rumbling drum at the beginning to the faded out guitar at the end. Lovely. ‘Crazy for You’ is one of the older numbers, which we all remember. It’s a song about fame and love, and physical attraction. It sweeps you away. Its great and you know it is. Next is the song from the film A League of Their Own, ‘This used to be my Playground’. It’s a beautiful track, it really is. Some more orchestrals come in here; there’s a lovely bit in the middle where they sound amazing. A rhythm, which almost sounds bass heavy, is present throughout, but it does not distract from the rest of the music or the voice surrounding it. I don’t know why but this song always seems to make me want to cry. Anyone else get that? I have said so much about the next track bef ore in other reviews, I just love it. ‘Live to Tell’ has to be Madonna’s finest ballad. It makes me listen intently every time it comes on my stereo. There is a terrifically powerful atmosphere to this song. The music is powerful, the voice is powerful, and the lyrics are very powerful indeed. This is another song that appeared on a film, At Close Range. I can’t say much more than it is the best song on this album. ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’. Another more upbeat song musically. Slightly quicker tempo than the other songs on the album. Quite a nice remix however. Madonna doesn’t sound as good vocally as she has on other records. Perhaps the weakest song on the album? ‘Forbidden Love’. This is another good track. It has some whispered lyrics, which work very well in the background behind the main vocal. It gives the impression of secrecy, of something….well….forbidden. In places the music sounds a little sleazy though. Maybe this was the required effect for the song? Who knows… anyway its alright it is. Another new song next, ‘One More Chance’. This is a song which s quite bare. A lot of acoustic guitar, and not much else apart from dear Mads, so you can really hear how she sounds. It works well, and I like this song, the breakdown bit in the middle is cracking. Wish I could play my guitar like that. Ah the classic ‘Rain’. What a super song this one is. With the atmospheric rumbling of thunder and rain falling in the background and the rhythm of the song carrying you away. There’s a fantastic bit in the middle where she says 2 things at the same time, which come out of separate speakers when you play it on the stereo. I like this song. A lot. ‘Oh Father’ is another song which is pretty fantastic, I have to say. ‘You can’t hurt me now!!!’ I am singing it to myself as we speak. A very dainty beginning to this song, before our orchestral friend returns. The chorus sees the entrance of a little beat. Oh this is another song to take you away. Finally the end of the album. It ends as it began, with ‘I want You’, although this is the orchestral version. I wouldn’t like to say if I think it is superior to the first version, although it certainly seems much darker. It also makes you want more, but by this time it’s the end, and you have to start thinking about what will go on the CD player next. Oh decisions! ANYWAY, to end. This is a very nice album, not her best, but it flows well, and certainly has some great songs on it. It is full of very personal songs, that’s why it may seem a little heavy I guess. Madonna had things to get off her chest, and she did it on this album. I think its well worth a listen, and makes good music for a quiet relaxing evening. It may make you feel a little sad though. So, you now be the judge and take a listen to it, you may be pleasantly surprised if you were fed up of the old Madonna.
I’m a huge Madonna fan although I am not so keen on her past two albums. I believe that this should have been where she stopped recording cause this would have been a beautiful finish to an amazing career. Something to Remember is basically Greatest Hits Part Two because she released The Immaculate Collection in 1990. The Album has music ranging from her Like a Virgin Album to new material of 1995. All the songs are ballads so if you are up for a fast beat album of Madonna’s worth giving this a miss. The album itself is ___minutes long and features 14 tracks although two of those tracks are the same but one is a remix (I want you, featuring Massive Attack and an Orchestral version). My favourite tracks of the album are I’ll Remember, This Used to Be My Playground, Live To Tell, Rain and Oh Father. However I do like every song. Analysis of Each Song ‘I want you’ is a love song about an ex partner. It talks about her feels for them still and how she would like them back but not just out of pity. It is a very sad song and lasts for a whole 6 minutes and 24 seconds. It also features the singer of Massive Attack on the backing vocals. ‘Ill Remember’ is a beautiful song featuring some of Madonna’s finest lyrics… I quote ‘Inside I was a child who could not meant a broken wing Outside I looked for a way to teach my heart to sing’ It is a song about how a person has changed her life and she will never forget them and what they have done for her. It is featured as well on the soundtrack of the motion picture ‘With Honours’. The actual song is 4 minutes 23 seconds, which is a reasonable length for the track, and I personally believe this to be the best song on the album if not her best overall song of her 18 years in the music industry. ‘Take A Bow’ is off of the ‘Bedtime Stories’ Album and as I see it is tied in with ‘You’ll see’. This is only an assumption but if you see the videos to both they start the same people in the same places. The song is about a love story, which is only pretence. Madonna loves the person but feels they are only acting like they are on a stage and perhaps should ‘say goodbye’. The track is quite long reaching 5minutes and 21 seconds although it does not drag. It also features vocals of the co writer baby face. ‘You’ll See’ is about the end of a relationship and how people still cling on and hope that they will come back to them. The positive up beat shows that Madonna has not regretted her decision and the person will one day thank her. It lasts for 4 minutes and 41 seconds, which I believe, is a bit long for this song although it is a very good quality song musically and lyrically. ‘Crazy for you’ is one of the oldest songs on the album. It is from the 1985 film Vision Quest that Madonna had a small role as a singer in. It is a love song about a stranger she is in love with and who she makes love to. The song lasts for 4 minutes and 4 seconds. It is also featured on The Immaculate Collection. ‘This Used To Be My Playground’ if taken from the movie soundtrack of ‘A League of Their Own’ which Madonna also stars in along with actor Tom Hanks. It is about memories and how they can be shattered. Madonna talks about how she has been told to let go of the past and how she refuses to. This could be referring to the death of her mother when she was a child. It lasts for 5 minutes and 10 seconds and could have been much longer without dragging. It is a wonderful song, which I personally could listen to over and over again. ‘Live To Tell’ is taken off the True Blue album of 1986 and also is off the soundtrack of Madonna’s of ex-husband Sean Penn although I do not know the name of the film off hand. It is about making mistakes and being blinded by love. It is a very sad mellow song, which any person who has been used or has had a broken heart can relate to. It lasts for 5 minutes and 52 seconds which some of it could have been cut out from the instrumental part of the song. The song is also featured on The Immaculate Collection. ‘Love Don’t Live Here Any More’ was Madonna’s first cover she made and is taken off the Like a Virgin album although it was only released as a single when she put it on this album. I personally prefer the original version of the song but then I am not a fan of people covering songs. Madonna’s voice does not suit the song and her tone is also wrong. You can hear he struggling through the song. It’s a shame as it is a downfall of a really good album. It lasts for 4 minutes and 52 seconds and I’m glad to say that it’s not a second to long. It really shouldn’t be on this album. ‘Something to remember’ is taken off ‘I’m Breathless’, which is inspired by the film Dick Tracy although the song is not featured in the film itself. It is a love song to a lover about the end of their relationship and how she will always remember them. Its not one of her best songs ever but she’s had worse. It’s worth a listen or who but I would rather skip it and listen to another song on the album. It’s a bit to repetitive for my liking. The song lasts for 5 minutes and four seconds and could easily have been cut down to spare us from boredom. ‘Forbidden Love’ just like a ‘Take a Bow’ features baby face and is off ‘Bedtime Stories’. It’s a really good catchy song about a love affair, which she can’t have but still does. I’m guessing by this it is talking about an affair. It gives the impression that she is not satisfied with what she has and wants what she can’t have. Lik e the saying goes, ‘The grass is greener on the other side’. It lasts for 4 minutes and 9 seconds, which is a good length. It’s neither too long or too short, just right!! ‘One More Chance’ is about just like the title says having another go at a relationship. It talks about how she took a person for granted and didn’t see their break up coming and now its happened she regrets she didn’t make the effort when she could of to save what she had. It is dull song but has some good songs. With a little jazzing up it could be a really good song but at the moment its good for a cry if you’ve just been hurt by a lover. It lasts for 4 minutes and 28 seconds, which is bit long but then we can’t have everything. ‘Rain’ is featured on the album ‘Erotica’, which was made in 1992. It’s a beautiful song and just like standing in the rain makes you feel refreshed and relaxed. Its 5 minutes and 29 seconds, which doesn’t seem that long when you actually listen to the song. It’s a work of art this song but it would lose its golden sparkle if she did more songs like this. Its one of the best songs she’s made, well I believe it is. ‘Oh Father’ is one of Madonna’s most deep songs. It’s about the relationship she has with her father. About how at the time she didn’t like him but she understands him now. It’s done in the form of a plea as if to ask God for guidance in her life. It’s a beautiful song and comes off of her ‘Like a Prayer’ Album made in 1989 and lasts for 4 minutes and 59 seconds. It finishes again with ‘I Want You’. I’d like to finally say about this album that it is in all very good but then what do you expect for a greatest hits of an artist such as Madonna. Its well worth a listen and is suitable for everyone, not just Madonna fans.
Well, what can you say about this album? Madonna specialises in heart wrenching ballads, and her unique ability to adapt her vocals to suit a song is apparent here. Live To Tell, the most haunting and innocent ballad from Madonna shines in this collection, as does the cover of the Marvin Gaye classic "I Want You" - The collection misses nothing, and includes some of her biggest worldwide number 1 ballads to date. Perfect for a night in on your own, or a cosy meal with your loved one, these ballads warm the heart and stimulate the mind.
Yes, Madonna the Queen of Pop has yet another fine collection of songs. This collection of songs are quiet ones, not ones to get up and dance to, but rather to sit back quietly and hum along and sing (badly in my case) to the words. The song "This used to be my playground" comes from Madonna's film A League of Their Own. This is definitely a great album and well worth buying. Another fine collection of songs featuring a lot of my favourites such as Rain, Crazy for You and This used to be my playground. Well worth listening to.
This if I may say so is a very good album if I ever dod hear one by Madonna. I must admit I am no great fan of Madonna, but this really did surprise me. It has many hits such as "You'll See", "I Want You", "One More Chance", "I'll Remember" from the film With Honours and "This Used To Be My Playground". They are good songs in her strange style of song that seems to be mixed between modern day pop and the 'eighties(ish)' style of sound. It consists of fourteen tracks (one being the orchestral version of "I Want You".. (GASP!)). Featuring some of her classics such as "Crazy For You" and "Live To Tell" off her album The Immaculate Collection. Okay, so they are not exactly classics but they are old enough. All in all the message here is that it is a surprisingly good album. If you like recollecting and lovey-dovey songs that have a strange twisted pop style to them you'll like it. Or if you like Madonna, you will like it. Check it out. WARNING: IT ISN'T HER BEST SO BE AWARE THAT YOU MAY BE DISAPPOINTED IF YOU ARE EXPECTING THE EQUIVALENT TO HER BEST.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 I Want You - Madonna & Massive Attack
2 I'll Remember
3 Take A Bow
4 You'll See
5 Crazy For You
6 This Used To Be My Playground
7 Live To Tell
8 Love Don't Live Here Anymore
9 Something To Remember
10 Forbidden Love
11 One More Chance
13 Oh Father
14 I Want You (Orchestral) - Madonna & Massive Attack