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  1. Agreed. Madonna has no interest in doing a retrospective. she is forward thinking and has (somewhat naively) believed that respect for the quality of her output over the years would simply be cemented in the eyes of future generations - but unfortunately that shit needs promoting to people who have never heard it, otherwise it will be forgotten. The reason these Prince deluxe sets are so brilliant are that they bring together his unreleased stuff, remastered work, edits & b-sides, and live performances, in one brilliantly put together package, by fans. Madonna could do something very similar. She doesnt have the extensive vault that prince has, but she must have between 5-10 unreleased tracks & b-sides per album, tons of excellent remixes (something prince never really had), brilliantly crafted and unique live shows for each album, extensive photo shoots and looks. There is definitely a box set package for each era for sure.
  2. I think if Prince had not wanted his unreleased recordings to be heard, he would have destroyed them. I personally believe it was all part of his masterplan. As a prolific songwriter who had music pouring out of him i think he lost interest in his recordings very quickly and like madonna had little interest in going back and revisiting stuff. He knew that the music was great and too good not to be heard so figured when he was gone, someone - his family - would take it upon themselves to ensure his fans heard it. Im also of the camp of people who believes prince was partially responsible for so much of his unreleased stuff leaking as bootlegs down the years. He knew this added a huge element of intrigue and obsession for his fans, so it was in his interest for his fans to be able to hear and collect this stuff.
  3. Heartbreak City is a good example of her current voice in a pretty un spoiled form. Its deeper and throaty but still recognisably her. I loved the album version and the amazing live version she delivered of that on the last tour. There are clearly moments where she is able to deliver that sweet sounding upper register, but you can tell she has to force it out in a different way than she used to. Some of the rebel heart demos were clearly unaffected by autotune and she still sounds good in them.
  4. Im of the opinion that Sticky & Sweet tour was the tour that really took the sweetness out of her voice. It was a gruelling tour and she went from sounding great on the Confessions tour to frequently sounding hoarse on S&S. I know she used a lot of filtered vocals on Confessions album, but i thought her vocals on Hard Candy still sounded good, but since that tour, her upper register has been distinctly deeper and more throaty. I still believe she can sing beautifully if she sits down and focuses, but the days of the Evita voice are most certainly gone. I do wonder whether she still receives vocal training, like we saw she did on the Reinvention tour. Rebel Heart had some nice vocal moments, but so many of the vocal performances were filterd and clearly pitch corrected. Of the new tracks, i really enjoy the style variations, and some of the vocal production i appreciate as well, but i cant help but feel a lot of the production is designed to distract from her vocal limitations now, rather than a creative choice.
  5. He is a fan full stop. He stans for her, and always gives her props when people try and drag her vs Gaga. He likes to bitch but in a salacious gossipy kinda way, not because he dislikes her.
  6. These problems are endemic of the wider industry as a whole - music is having some major quality control issues and has been for many years. People are abandoning traditional recording methods, and adopting quick and cheap recording processes. Everything is recorded badly, and super compressed. I dont know for sure as im not an expert but a lot of her vocals sound super compressed which means they werent recorded properly in the first place - OR - she purposefully allowed herself to be autotuned. It breaks my heart to think what Rebel Heart could have been had she had time to produce it in the way she intended. Im not saying it would have been hugely different for sure, but at least she wouldn't have been rushed and had her decision making prejudiced. The sessions probably had the best selection of songs she has recorded since Ray Of Light, but it was poor production that let it all down - something that ultimately she always got right - even if it was bringing someone in at the last minute to oversee quality control as an over arching thing - like Nellee Hooper did on Bedtime Stories. I think she may have intended Kanye to fulfil that role, and while i dont hate what he did with some songs, he ultimately wasn't invested in the project. One thing we can say is that Mirwais is an audiophile so i do expect these problems to be eradicated somewhat with his re-introduction for the new record.
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