I first bought this album in 2OOO, and was bowled over by how chic, luxurious and well made this album was. Even though at the time, the album was 6 years old, it still sounded groundbreaking, modern and better than anything about at the time in RNB - (Mariah, TLC etc). I can listen to this album whenever - its one of those rare albums where it suits you for any occasion - its great when you're feeling upset, great for getting in the mood, or just feeling really happy. The best songs are undoubtedly 'secret' and 'survival'.
Even now in 2OO8 - an astonishing 14 years after its release it still sounds really good - better than Nelly Furtados 'Loose' Album, and better than Mariah's new CD. It just goes to show how unrivalled and superior Madonna is compared to her 'rivals' in terms of her choice of musical style, choice of lyrics and choice of producers to work with.
I understand this album was more or less overlooked by the world upon release- I think the world was still unforgiving of Madonna since her course'SEX' obsessed phase 2 years earlier. In fact this album ironically is full of the softer, richer, sensual side of sex, which is the direct opposite of her last albums theme. Even though this album has sold around 10.000.000 worldwide, it was no way a dissapointment. In my opinion though, it should have sold 3 times that.
It is my favourite Madonna Album to date, and i would love her to release an album of similar material once again to give the world a second chance to experience a more 'sensual, rich, chic side to Madonna.
I you want an album which will become a timeless piece to your music collection, buy it NOW!
The artwork is also superb, with some fantastic, gorgeous pictures of Madonna.