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  1. J. Lucas
    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What a lovely way to burn, indeed, March 14, 2000
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    J. Lucas (Detroit, MI) –
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    This review is from: Erotica (Audio CD)
    Madonna’s 1992 album “Erotica” was a landmark album in her career, and absolutely ahead of it’s time. Unfortunately, released between her notorious Sex book and the overheated box-office debacle Body of Evidence, her finest album got lost in the shuffle. A closer, undistracted look at “Erotica” today reveals an artist on the verge of a thrilling change, ripping open the envelope she’d always threatened to push, and finally giving us a taste of what we were all assuming she was doing in the first place.
    Like today’s electronica, 1992’s “Erotica” is a chilly but exciting experience. Far removed the warm, submissive intimacy of “Justify My Love,” the Madonna of “Erotica” walks tall and carries a big whip. “Erotica” was produced to a large degree by DJ/remixer/producer Shep Pettibone, whose signature mixes have rocked the clubs and airwaves since the mid-80s. Pettibone’s energetic and creative production dominates Erotica, with a diverse, textured blend of beats, bass and sonic soundscapes, while still leaving Madonna free to do her thing.
    Album highlights include the throbbing title track, the dance-till-you drop firecracker “Deeper and Deeper”, and a sizzling cover of Peggy Lee’s “Fever “. Other fine Madonna/Pettibone collaborations include the riveting confessions of “Bad Girl”; the witty revenge fantasy “Thief of Hearts”; the heated plea for equality, “Why’s It So Hard”; and the soaring ballad “Rain.”
    Producer Andre Betts also has a strong presence on “Erotica”, co-producing such standout tracks as the steamy ode to oral gratification, “Where Life Begins,” and the soul-searching album finale, “Secret Garden.”
    It is to Madonna’s credit that, despite the years that have passed, “Erotica” still seems as fresh and exciting as her recent album “Ray of Light”. Though the warmth of “Ray of Light” may have its roots in her soulful 1994 album “Bedtime Stories”, the creative production on “Ray of Light” is a direct result of the stylistic departures Madonna took on “Erotica”.
    Madonna’s career took a much-needed turn in 1992. She shed about 3 million boy toys, mall gals and countless other Top-40 radio addicts who can sing along to “Into the Groove” with the best of them, but who wouldn’t know progression if it hit them over the head with their new Mariah Carey record. Madonna purposefully took a brave giant step toward progression that fateful year, and came up with a mighty fine record to show for it. Madonna’s “Erotica” is an underrated classic, just waiting (with a whip and a smile) to be reappreciated.

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  2. Busy Body
    59 of 70 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One Of The Best Of Her Career, July 28, 2002
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    Busy Body (London, England) –

    This review is from: Erotica (Audio CD)
    I’m sat here listening to Erotica, trying to think why this stunning album was so critically attacked. Before I bought this album, I was worried the critics may have been correct. I thought if I bought it, all I’d think of every time I listened to it is that harsh crack of the critical whip. With a little help from the positive reviews on Amazon, I decided to give it a go. The sheer superiority and excellent early 90’s dance shines through. The critics said this album was full of sex, sex, sex. What the hell are they all on about?! There are three sex songs on here! (Erotica, Secret Garden and Where Life Begins). Here’s my review of Erotica…

    Track 1 is Erotica (10/10). The first song from this album released in October 1992. It made UK No.3. The video and orgasms shocked the world. The deep. voice is almost scary as the sight of dominatrix Madonna in the video pops into my head evertime I hear this. Track 2 is Fever (10/10). A cover of Peggy Lee’s classic from 1956. This made UK No.6 in April 1993. The taking of a really soulful 1950s song and updating it with racy, dance beats of the 1990s works really well. Track 3 is Bye Bye Baby (10/10). A very good dance/pop track. I like the lyrics, “I know I loved you, because I hate you”. Classic, up-front Madonna! Although her voice is a little strange, even nausiating. Track 4 is Deeper And Deeper (10/10). A very good dance track for the clubs. This made No.6 in the UK in December 1992. The chorus is really up-beat and happy. The Spanish bit half-way through is really good and gives it that foreign holiday feel. Track 5 is Where Life Begins (9/10). A VERY saucy track from kinky Madonna! The whole song is mainly about how to have sex. Be sure to listen to this song on your headphones if your mum or dad are in the house when you’re listening to this song! Track 6 is Bad Girl (10/10). A very good, laid-back ballad and my personal favourite Madonna ballad ever. This made UK No.10 in March 1993. This was the theme-tune to her erotic, 18+, critic-bashed film, Body of Evidence.

    Track 7 is Waiting (10/10). A good mid-tempo track. Madonna’s deep speaking vocals crop up quite frequently on Erotica. This track has a great bass-line and the piano makes this great track sound like a 1940’s romance ballad. Track 8 is Thief of Hearts (10/10). A fantastic up-tempo track. Madonna goes a little over the top saying, “[…]” all the time. The “you do it, you take it, you screw it, you fake it. Come to it, you’ll break it, you’re over, you can’t take it!” is the funkiest bit! Track 9 is Words (9/10). Another very good dance/pop gem. It sounds a lot like Fever. It’s about another person Madonna hates because they think they’re better than her and the persons’ words “cut like a knife – cut into her life”. Track 10 is Rain (10/10). A really good ballad – one of her best ever. The lyrics are very good and emotional. This made UK No.7 in July 1993. The speaky-bit is very relaxing and well, just brilliant! Track 11 is Why’s It So Hard (9/10). I’d say this was different track to many others on Erotica. It’s more of a rock/dance track. The song is about racism/sexism etc…Track 12 is In This Life (9/10). A sad ballad about one of Madonna’s best friends who was only 23 when he died of AIDS. Memories of Madonna’s mother who died in 1963 of breast cancer (when Madonna was only 5) may have re-surfaced when she wrote this. This results in an emotional, expressive tone in her voice. Track 13 is Secret Garden (9/10). A mid/up-tempo song. I think this is about sex because of the lyrics, “you plant the seed and I’ll watch it grow” and “I’m looking for the perfect flower”. The deep, spoken verses are also an indicator of a raunchy track about sex.

    The result of Erotica is a stunning album. It’s hard to believe this has only sold 5 million worldwide compared to some other Madonna albums which have sold 19/22 million. And the critics? Well they can just…

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  3. MaverickDGA
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Superior To Any Other, October 28, 2004
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    MaverickDGA (Oakwood, GA) –

    This review is from: Erotica (Audio CD)
    This album is highly overlooked. This album was very overshadowed by the Sex Book and video to Erotica, but there is more this album than sex. Madonnna was rebelling and started to explore sexualty, lust and androgny. All this songs on this song are exceptionally wonderful.

    1. Erotica: The infamous song that started a revolution. This song is very kinky and has a samlping of Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boggie”. Despite it’s sexual nature this song is still hot and deserved more success.

    2. Fever: A Very nice cover of Peggy Lee’s classic. Madonna gives the song a whole new sound, that’s only Madonna. But the version Madonna used in the Video to the song is by far superior to this one. You can find the video version on the German Single of Rain.

    3. Bye Bye Baby: A song that kinda doesn’t fit in on this album. I don’t think it fits in anywhere, but it still good. Madonna is rekindling her high pitched voice in this song.

    4. Deeper and Deeper: A wonderful song. This song was a gay pride song, that rocked. Madonna wanted to revist the disco years in this song. She even throws in a line from Vogue, for good measure.

    5. Where Life Begins: Proably the most sexual song on the album. Madonna is wonderful with metaphors and this song prooves it. She compared “Dinning In, Eating Out” to something more than a fresh cooked meal at dinner time, if you know what I mean. The beat to this song is wonderful it is kinky, but sensual and intimate.

    6. Bad Girl: This is one of My favorite songs on the album. I adore this song, the music the lyrics. They are gorgeous. Madonna is talking about a Girl, who is quite provacative and tends to make money off sex and gets drunk every night. She really portrays, that Bad Girls can have feelings, too, and how they may not always like their lifestyle, it’s their’s and it’s hard to change.

    7. Waiting: A hot song, where Andre Betts Hip hop style appears. Madonna is talking about a relationship, in which her guy is not treating her like he used too and how she just can’t let go. This is a great song and one of my favs.

    8. Thief of Hearts: A great song. I love it!! Madonna now gets a little mad at a “cheap treat” who’ll screw anyone and is trying to screw her man. The best line is where Madonna sings “Bitch, you do it, you take it, you screw it, you fake it, undo it, you’ll break it.” This is one of the best songs on the album.

    9. Words: A wonderful song. Madonna here talks about how people degrade you and hurt you with words.

    10. Rain: OMG. What a gorgeous song. This song is so full of love and power. It’s horriable, that this song did not make it to GHV2. It well deserved it. The beat and vocals are absolutely mezmorizing.

    11. Why’s It So Hard: A very emotional song. Madonna, is discussing today’s discrimination and predjisim. She mainly talks about homosexulaity and religion, here. This is a wonderful, powerful song.

    12. In This Life: This song is very emotional, proably the most emotional on the album. Madonna is talking about a friend she had who died at age 23 from aids. She talks about the advice he gave her. This is song will bring tears to your eyes and it really make you think about Aids and other diseases in the world. Madonna really makes a good quote at the end. “Some say life’s not fair, I say people just don’t care”.

    13. Did you Do It? A Remix of Waiting. Here Madonna just sings the chorus of Waiting, whilst Dr. Dre Raps. Basically this song is revealing what Madonna’s guy is doing while she is “Waiting”.

    14. Secret Garden: This is most likley the most poetic song, Madonna has ever released. Sex does kinda come to mind when you first hear the title, but as you listen you see more. Madonna is hinting at longing to be mother.

    This ALbum is by far one of the best Madonna has ever released. It was ahead of it’s time in 1992 and is still ahead of it’s time in 2004.

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