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  1. Here's the best Emma-Gonzales-less version of "I Rise" that I could find on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIJNKyBpjcY
  2. I would really like that as well. There are a couple of versions on YouTube that simply cut the intro and then fade up quickly from there, but they sound too abrupt. I really hope that someone has the software and skill to just edit out her voice and keep the instrumental intro.
  3. I'm also glad to see that "Looking for Mercy" ranked so high. It's my favorite song on the album, other than "God Control."
  4. As was said earlier, I wish that someone (like Dubtronic) would create a shorter, Madonna-only version of this track. That would be really interesting to hear.
  5. I remember reading such a review back then as well; I wonder if it was the same one. It said that "Live to Tell" and "Papa Don't Preach" were too "maudlin" and that "Open Your Heart" was the only good track on the album (the only one comparable to her Like a Virgin-era hits).
  6. True. Only Madonna can sing with the understated but still powerful emotion she evokes in the lines "Someone to teach me to love / Someone to help me rise above."
  7. I just noticed that the Wikipedia page for Madame X has been updated to list "God Control" as the third single. I wonder if that's official.
  8. I would like to follow up on a question that was asked earlier: Will "God Control" be released as an official single--that is, with remixes available for purchase, etc.?
  9. 1. S.E.X. 2. Holy Water 3. Bitch, I'm Madonna 4. Body Shop 5. Veni Vidi Vici
  10. 1. Ghosttown 2. Joan of Arc 3. Queen 4. Rebel Heart (demo) 5. Hold Tight
  11. 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]
  12. Me too. I just think that "Who's That Girl" has a slightly better melody than "La Isla Bonita": more poignant, wistful, and urgent.
  13. Yes, and it is the best song and best vocal on the album, in my opinion.
  14. 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.
  15. 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).
  16. 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.
  17. Sadly, I have to agree with what you say here. At least we still have the original demo to listen to.
  18. By placing it as the opening song on the album.
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