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on 18 July 2005
Out of all Madonna's albums, this is one of my personal favourites. Lots of criticism during it's release, the new sex obsessed Madonna was an ideal target for the press to poke some objections at. Did she care? Did anyone else? As if. The opening track, 'Erotica' has a feel of 'Justify My Love', but in my opinion is better. 'Fever' is a good remake of the classic, however the video version is better than the album version. The highlights are definitely 'Bad Girl' (complete with the best video of Madonna's career and 'Deeper and Deeper', (a great dancefloor number).
There were what seemed like shed loads of singles released from the album, and all the releases were the best songs from the album. As well as the singles mentioned, 'Bye Bye Baby' (released in Germany & Australia) is a fantastically sarcastic song about wasting no time on ditching someone; 'Rain', one of Madonna's strongest vocal performances and a beautul ballad at that. The explicit version of the album has the rare track, 'Did You Do It?', a funked up version of 'Where Life Begins'.
All in all, a very sexy album, with attitude, emotion and fun.
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on 9 September 2001
If there was ever an album which was very much of its time AND was before its time this has to be it. The hidden jewel in Madonnas crown, this is an outstanding collection of dance and ballad tracks that relect the sounds, glamma and party atmosphere of the early nineties, but also predicted the future sounds of Madonna....... Tracks like Deeper and Deeper, Where life Begins, Bad Girl and Erotica are some of Madonnas finest and deserve(as does this album) more recognition than they got at the time. This to me was the last of the 'golden era' albums(Like A Virgin onwards) and personally I dont think anything released since has been as good. I predict that in time, this album will come to be recognised by fans as one of the greatest, if not the greatest Madonna album ever. Its day has yet to come!
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on 30 November 2002
Madonna's Erotica album is one of the most incredible albums of her career.
Many people just don't 'get it'. It's raw, unpolished sound is what makes it such a departure for this incredibly talented artist.
If you don't have this album in your collection, you're missing out on a piece of music history. While everyone else was churning out the same old, same old... Madonna did what she always does and brought out something different. Once again, Madonna delivers something an a way that no-one else could. Or would dare to. Brilliance, sheer brilliance.
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Of all Madonna’s albums, this one is often regarded as her weakest. Actually, I’m still waiting to hear a weak album from Madonna and I hope I never do. Her appeal is partly that you never know what to expect next, and this is much mellower than her other albums. Perhaps that’s why it is often overlooked.
All the songs are original, co-written by Madonna, except one. The album includes five international hits (about normal for Madonna) – they are Erotica, Fever, Deeper and deeper, Bad girl and rain. Fever is a cover of a song made famous by Peggy Lee, although Peggy’s version was itself a cover. Madonna modernised Peggy’s arrangement for the time in which she recorded it (1992) and makes a fine job of it. Actually, Madonna is in many ways a modern-day Peggy Lee. Both of them had careers spanning many years and continually adapted their music to changing fashions, without ever forgetting what they were best at.
The album sets its own mood and is ideal for late-night listening. There is much more to the songs than you might expect. In this life is about somebody dying of AIDS. Why’s it so hard is a plea for respect – it could be about sexual equality, but the lyrics are open to interpretation, so it could just as easily be about racial equality or any other kind of equality.
This may not be the place to begin a collection of Madonna’s music, but neither should it be left to last. It is one of many excellent albums recorded by Madonna. Enjoy it.
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on 25 January 2005
'Erotica' is surely the most underrated album ever!How could anyone who is a fan of music not like this record it is astonishing how she and Shep Pettibone produced and performed on this album.The title track is a classic Madonna hit now but back in 1992 it was said to be too risque what with the release of her sex book in the same year everyone basically thought Madonna was mad about sex,if you listen to both the lyrics and the music on the 'Erotica' record then you will see straight away that Madonna is not mad on sex it was just she was singing what all the people in the world were thinking,she was extremely brave to bring this out in the early nineties as it had never been done before.My favourite song on the album is 'Why's it so hard' this is a song about people not caring for other people and it made me think twice about what I was doing personally in my life was I caring enough for others?Madonna certainly changed my perspective on life.'Erotica' also has Madonna singing about all the different things that have happened in her life such as 'In this life' was co-written by Madonna after one of her dearest friends had passed away,also 'Words' is another personal favourite for me as it brings to attention the situation that people often don't say what they mean in life.Madonna is undoubtedly a female icon and will be in 20 years from now.You go girl we love you.
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on 8 March 2006
At the time of release, this album was critically slammed as "the album to the book" and was never acknowledged for its artistic content. The only weak track is the infantile DID YOU DO IT?
Although they are good, most of the songs are overlong. Nevertheless, a brill album. 9/10
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on 24 August 2005
This album has always been a subject in madonna's career, a myth that it was a flop - when it was released in 1992 it sold over six million copies worldwide and was a great success, it is a great album and should be a signpost in madonna's career as being one of her greatest - as always madonna will never do the same thing twice and will never do a bad album - as it proves she is still going and still is and will always be the biggest and most succesful female artist ever in history.
buy the album it is a highlight in madonna's massive career.
rating 10 out of 10.
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on 6 June 2001
Ah, Erotica. The days of the SEX book and Madonna being seen, swearing on TV shows and censored pictures of her in magazines with a digit inserted in to an actor/actress/model. Sadly this is the main reason that this album neither gets the airplay or the recognition that it rightfully deserves. An excellent album, should rightfully be up there with Ray of Light, but alas the media attention in to Madonna's sex life was far more focussed than any that was focussed on the album and this was the main reason that it was given bad reviews and discredited entirely. The album is a great mixture of Pop, Dance and hints of blues and jazz. A brillian fusion of sounds, from Madonna and her assistants in crime, Andre Betts and Shep Pettibone. The album high points for me are: Words, Secret Garden and the title track (Erotica). There is also the brilliant cover of Fever. A very funky album which deserves a place in just about any CD collection, apart, of course, from those who don't understand the eclectic qualities of Madonna and this album. Probably better than "Music"!
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on 12 October 2000
This album was caught up in the whole SEX book / Body of Evidence movie debacle which was unfortunate 'cos it is an excellent album containing 5 UK Top 10 singles. (Erotica/Deeper&Deeper/Bad Girl/Fever/Rain)
Skip 'Did you Do It' - it's a really terrible track featuring two rappers rapping over a 'Waiting' instrumental. It is this crap rap which earns the 'parental guidance' label, not any Madonna tracks!
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on 29 April 2013
The name of the album may fright and constrain the pure ones, but it really makes sense if you take a look over Madonna's historical context it was released. It is a hurricane of sensations and thrills when you listen to each songs, because the lyrics are very touchable and raw that you feel inside of the character Dita, the alter-ego of Madonna, sometimes. I shall highlight the title track, the sexy version of Peggy Lee's "Fever", "Bye Bye Baby", and the only one which Madonna doesn't sing, "Did You Do It?". Feel free to experience sex with the best and most erotic dominatrix you could ever imagine.
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