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This song has grown on me a lot. I have to be in the mood for it though. I think it would stand out for me more if there weren't so many other ballads on the album.

The more i listen to it though the more I like it.

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Have played this song so many times this week. I truly think it's one of the most beautiful things she's ever done.

And sometimes I just want to say fuck y'all for not caring about such a masterpiece :laugh:

And to the person who called it dull, you're dead to me.

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I adore Messiah. One of my favorites on the album!

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It was one of my least favorites, now it sits comfortably in the top #12 or top #10. It's pretty much perfect.

I hope she doesn't pull a Falling Free on me and performs it on tour in a massive way!

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One of the best of the bunch. Love it so much since the demo

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I feel if any track on Rebel Heart harks back to vintage Madonna in the most eloquent way, it's Messiah. Nothing edgy, just lush arrangements reminiscent of something she did with Pat Leonard. Her delivery is so honest and heartfelt that you either feel for her or feel like she's singing for you. The woman knows pain and longing!

She has not sung a ballad that pulls at me for quite some time now. And the lyrics, oh the lyrics. Haunting, magical yet determined, reminds me of the poetry of Sanctuary somehow, baring her soul as she tells her unrequited love, "Love me, dammit - love me!"

Epic, this one. Just epic. And I reeeeeeally want a video that is just that.

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I feel if any track on Rebel Heart harks back to vintage Madonna in the most eloquent way, it's Messiah. Nothing edgy, just lush arrangements reminiscent of something she did with Pat Leonard. Her delivery is so honest and heartfelt that you either feel for her or feel like she's singing for you. The woman knows pain and longing!

She has not sung a ballad that pulls at me for quite some time now. And the lyrics, oh the lyrics. Haunting, magical yet determined, reminds me of the poetry of Sanctuary somehow, baring her soul as she tells her unrequited love, "Love me, dammit - love me!"

Epic, this one. Just epic. And I reeeeeeally want a video that is just that.

What a wonderful first post. Welcome Anakemas. Love your description of Messiah. It is one of my favourites on the album. Madonna at her most mysterious and haunting. I also think this would be a perfect song to be featured on a film about magic and sorcery. Would have to be a great film though.

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Rather late in the game here, heh, but this album has just gotten me excited about Madonna all over again.

Thanks for the love, jazzyjan & bangbang :)

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Yes! Welcome! Love your post! :laugh:

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What a wonderful first post. Welcome Anakemas. Love your description of Messiah. It is one of my favourites on the album. Madonna at her most mysterious and haunting. I also think this would be a perfect song to be featured on a film about magic and sorcery. Would have to be a great film though.

YES! That would be brilliant!

And welcome Anakemas! Wonderful post. :)

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I've been talking up this song for a month, and now finally we have a page of new comments recognizing the brilliance of Messiah!

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Messiah is one of my fav.

I'm really on the HEART side of this album...

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I feel if any track on Rebel Heart harks back to vintage Madonna in the most eloquent way, it's Messiah. Nothing edgy, just lush arrangements reminiscent of something she did with Pat Leonard. Her delivery is so honest and heartfelt that you either feel for her or feel like she's singing for you. The woman knows pain and longing!

She has not sung a ballad that pulls at me for quite some time now. And the lyrics, oh the lyrics. Haunting, magical yet determined, reminds me of the poetry of Sanctuary somehow, baring her soul as she tells her unrequited love, "Love me, dammit - love me!"

Epic, this one. Just epic. And I reeeeeeally want a video that is just that.

I concur. Awesome post and welcome to the Nation.

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Still one of my favorites from the album.

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YASSSSSSS with all of you finally spreading the love in this thread. One of my favorite songs of all time, by any artist. That orchestra! Those vocals! :dramatic:

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The 'don't want to get in the end of my days...."is probably one of her best lyrics ever

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The 'don't want to get in the end of my days...."is probably one of her best lyrics ever

:clap:

Exactly. And the way she sings that line :inlove:

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:cries: First I wasn't fond of the electronic arrangement and preferred the demo version, but God, I love each and every versions of the song now. One of the absolute bests.

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:cries: First I wasn't fond of the electronic arrangement and preferred the demo version, but God, I love each and every versions of the song now. One of the absolute bests.

I'm confused. I thought the orchestra and the piano at the beginning are real instruments. Do we have confirmation that it's actually electronic?

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Without track credits, I don't think we can be certain of anything. :)

(Not that credits always contain all pertinent info- see William Orbit playing guitar the ROL tracks, and that not being reflected in the credits).

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You're all calling each other names and bemoaning Drake's face in the Coachella thread, and I'm like "time for me to bump the Messiah thread for the 100th time."

Epic song.

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Messiah is now my third most listened to track off Rebel Heart!

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I love Demo 2 so much. Is my favorite version and one of only 2 songe where I prefer a Demo.

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This song is a real masterpiece. At first I prefered the orchestral demo, but the final version combines all the elements perfectly.

I wish the distortion wasn't there, because it takes away from the listening experience and destroys her wonderful "I light a candle" vocals, but we can't change that...

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The album version is completely stripped off strings unlike Demo 2 which is full on dramatic orchestration

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The album version is completely stripped off strings unlike Demo 2 which is full on dramatic orchestration

But there ARE plenty of real strings in the album version, while some of the later demos had synthesized strings. Thank god they combined it the way they did.

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