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Us fans know that Erotica is one of Madonna's most compelling work of art. It stands the test of time, broke so many boundaries and the songs are incredile However this album unfortunately isn't critically acclaimed the way LAP, ROL and COADF are. Imo Erotica arguably in some way could be her best album. It's fantastic from start to finish. She only worked consistently with 2 producers on it Andre Betts and Shep Pettibone (being a co producer herself) wrote the songs along with Shep and And

Erotica is her second best work in my personal chart. I also think it's a little underrated, especially for the strong musical and thematic identity and the originality it will always represent. It was indicated as one of the best experimental albums of the 90s by Rolling Stone though, a highly deseved recognition, and it's adored by many of her fans. Let me express my deep love in a few lines (I don't expect many of you will really read as they came out not that few, sorry)  She was brave a

I wish she'd done more tracks with Andre. If I'm honest half the album I never to listen to anymore. I love Erotica, Fever, Where Life Begins, Bad Girl, Waiting, Rain and Secret Garden; the other tracks I skip.

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I appreciate the album and it usually sits at either #5 or #6 on my list of favorite Madonna albums, but I don't care for its sexual songs. Where Life Begins is a complete skip for me because I find it uncomfortable, not to mention that the instrumental is incredibly stark and boring in my opinion. I also don't like Did You Do It? for similar reasons, although I figure most fans probably hated that song too, so it's not controversial to diss it.

I also don't really like Waiting or Words for being monotonous and almost redundant, but at least they're not completely awful.

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Love erotica. Was not a massive fan when it came out, as I was a Vouge/LAP type gal, but got into it due to the GS tour in Australia. Recently bought an original pressing on vinyl. OMG! Sounds amazing, fresh and is now one of my favourites. The first side of Erotica, Fever, BBB and D&D is just a 1,2,3,4 power punch of musical pop greatness. Might stop listening to the WIFLFAG mixes and put it on the turntable right now!

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As far as I’m concerned it was never underrated. I bought the CD in the spring of 1993 mostly because she was in the press so much. And I was blown away by how good the album was. 
So I started slowly getting all her albums in reverse chronological order. By the end of the summer I was obsessed with her music but Erotica and Bedtime Stories always remained my absolute favorites 

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On 4/15/2021 at 9:25 PM, RUADJAI said:

Resurrecting this thread to say that Erotica is the blueprint for the female pop star of 2020.

When I was watching Doja Cat's new video the other day Kiss Me More it dawned on me how sexual they all are now... and it's not really a thing.  Her song is all about oral sex... very similar to Where Life Begins albeit a more catchy version. And they're played on radio, they're celebrated at the Grammys, and for the most part not reduced to a single personality trait for making sexual music. 

I feel like Erotica should be recognized as the jump off point it is. 

Can you imagine the uproar if she’d have performed where life begins at the Grammys in the early 90’s?? What a long way we’ve come...and it’s mostly thanks to M for speaking up and taking the heat, being brave and taking all the abuse without becoming a victim. Long live erotica!

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Lately I've been listening to this album a lot. I already really liked the album but listening to it lately has made me realize just how good it is, and the fact that (to me, at least) it doesn't get old. To be able to listen to it every day after 30 years and it still sounds amazing, just goes to show how timeless this album is. The production is definitely a sign of the 90s, but still sounds fantastic today. The percussion is sharp, the basslines are sensual and groovy, the strings and synths are beautifully layered on the tracks.

I think a lot of why people don't give this album the credit it deserves is because of a lot of the spoken word sections here. I personally love it, but I think for others, especially at the time, it's not something people were used to. Not to mention, historically this album was condemned in her discography so a lot of people I think don't revisit it or give it its deserved credit. Among fans, there's no question about this album being underrated; I think it's one of her most beloved albums among fans. The problem is, we see this album for the amazing body of work it is, and how ahead of its time it is, but outside the fanbase, not many people do. I feel like if people actually knew what happened during this era, then she would get the credit for it today. Maybe the biopic will talk about it?

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