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  1. 1. S.E.X. 2. Holy Water 3. Bitch, I'm Madonna 4. Body Shop 5. Veni Vidi Vici
  2. Dickens

    REBEL HEART (song)

    I totally agree.
  3. Dickens

    Rebel Heart album: Your Fav Top 5 songs

    1. Ghosttown 2. Joan of Arc 3. Queen 4. Rebel Heart (demo) 5. Hold Tight
  4. 1. Living For Love [7] 2. Devil Pray [8] 3. Ghosttown [10] 4. Unapologetic Bitch [8] 5. Illuminati [6] 6. Bitch, I'm Madonna [5] 7. Hold Tight [8] 8. Joan of Arc [9] 9. Iconic [7] 10. HeartBreakCity [8] 11. Body Shop [5] 12. Holy Water [1] 13. Inside Out [7] 14. Wash All Over Me [8] 15. Best Night [7] 16. Veni, Vedi, Vici [6] 17. S.E.X. [1] 18. Messiah [7] 19. Rebel Heart [7] Bonus Tracks 20. Beautiful Scars [7] 21. Borrowed Time [8] 22. Addicted [6] 23. Graffiti Heart [8] Other 24. Queen [9] 25. Autotune Baby [7]
  5. Yes, and it is the best song and best vocal on the album, in my opinion.
  6. Well, let me see if I can explain. You have to remember that for those of us who were fans from the very beginning, there were ten years--from "Everybody" in 1982 up until Erotica in 1992"--when she didn't release a single song containing expletives or truly explicit sexual language. Yes, there was "Like a Virgin," but saying that you feel "like a virgin" as a way of talking about a new relationship is hardly sexually explicit, in my opinion, especially when compared to the lyrics of songs like "S.E.X." or "Holy Water." Indeed, no album or song of hers had a parental advisory warning up until Erotica, which was, again, ten years after her first release. I'm not saying that none of her fans--or even many of her fans--from the very beginning object to expletives or sexually explicit language, just that such things were simply not an element of her music for a very long time and therefore not a quintessential part of her music for a very long time. By the way, I love "Express Yourself," which of course contains neither expletives nor sexually explicit language, unless your consider talk of "satin sheets" or "bed" to be sexually explicit, which I do not.
  7. Dickens

    REBEL HEART (song)

    I really agree with you on that. Your description of the demo as being more "breathtaking" and "inspirational" captures exactly what I was trying to explain in my earlier post. I would also like to address another possible objection to my argument in favor of the original demo: that is, that it doesn't fit the album. I agree that it wouldn't fit well with the tracks as they are currently sequenced. However, if that album opened with the original demo of "Rebel Heart," just before the similarly euphoric "Living for Love," I think that it would work quite well (and, by the way, would have made a better lead single, in my opinion).
  8. Dickens

    REBEL HEART (song)

    I agree with you. I think that slowing it down is what really hurt it. The infectious quality of the melody was lost; now it's just an album track that doesn't really stand out. You'll notice that very few reviews single it out as a highlight (I think only one that I have read has done so). Also, the loss of some of the warm electronic touches makes it sound kind of bleak. Fortunatley, we do have the original demo, so those of us who prefer it can simply replace the album version with the demo on our own playlist.
  9. Dickens

    REBEL HEART (song)

    Sadly, I have to agree with what you say here. At least we still have the original demo to listen to.
  10. Dickens

    REBEL HEART (song)

    By placing it as the opening song on the album.
  11. The closest precedent I can think of for something like this is when John Lennon and Yoko Ono went on Dick Cavett's daytime talk show every day for a full week back in the early 1970s. However, I don't think that he performed on the show. They were mainly talking about political issues, like the Vietnam War, civil rights, and the sexual revolution.
  12. I'll be buying the clean standard edition (I just prefer not to be distracted by coarse language), and I'm buying the super deluxe in order to get "Borrowed Time," "Graffiti Heart," and (hopefully) "Queen." I'll buy them at Walmart and Target because I like to see the packaging before I buy.
  13. Both "Jimmy Jimmy" and "Love Makes the World Go Round" from the otherwise stellar True Blue album come to mind, as does "Love Song" (the Prince collaboration) from Like a Prayer, which is otherwise her best album, in my opinion.