It's hard not to fall under this album's charms. 10 Survival 10 Secret 07 I'd Rather Be Your Lover 10 Don't Stop 10 Inside of Me 10 Human Nature 08 Forbidden Love 06 Love Tried to Welcome Me 10 Sanctuary 10 Bedtime Story 10 Take a Bow Oooh, Madonna's on the TLC tip - Survival is no slog, but an acquired taste. I love it. Secret. Winking knowingly in the direction of Erotica's Waiting. Walking down the street in just-been-fucked slow motion fashion to get some BC and play some pool in the video. Opting for cock over family, I'd Rather Be Your Lover. Inside of Me. Promise to try 2 (be Toni Braxton, or just anyone black). Don't Stop. Nudging to the dancefloor, it doesn't erupt into anything exhilarating (as in Vogue, or something with a melody), but I've always found its mid-tempo grooves persuasive and infectious despite the atypical mild setting. Human Nature. A vocal close to the unpleasant croak she mostly gives us these days. Here it serves purpose: sneering with mock indignation. The sample alone feels like it undresses you. I don't ever need to hear this live again, at least not when she looks like a Child Catcher costumed stripper. Forbidden Love. Intimate slowmotion devotion, overshadowed by the other Babyface number. Fantastic middle-8 and the verses are well sung. Set the standard for I Want You. Madge feels like a doormat, but Love Tried To Welcome Me isn't making me sympathize. Sanctuary rescues writer's block cliches with pre-Ray of Light electronica fantasia. The vocal is beguiling and so pure. A highlight. Bedtime Story. Even the burp noises are just so avant garde. It wanted to be ambitious, but sounds more like a jazz song given a trance make-over. It builds like a blocked toilet and over flows with a lot of shit that doesn't make much sense, but worth it. Take A Bow. Husky and seductive. Madonna pulling this off is one of the most seductive songs of anyone's career. One of her most underrated performances.