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Sexual Revolution. ⚪️ #25YearsOfErotica
@madonna - Erotica (US Cassette, 1992)
My first Erotica album—on cassette!
I was just a little kid when Erotica came out. And it took me years of growing up to finally understand the brilliance of this album.
The songs and the lyrics are just brilliant. Provocative, honest, metaphorical, sometimes cheeky, shameless, and Madonna was fully in control. I can't recall any female artist, before or since Erotica, have been so outspoken and dared to talk about their fantasies, desires, sex, love, and death as fearless as Madonna.
Madonna turned the system upside down. She talked about issues that were uncomfortable for most people at that time, and she was bringing it to the forefront from a woman's point of view. And she freaked everybody out.
I've learned so much from this album; about being brave to say what I really feel and be honest with how I feel, about realizing that women can have the same freedom [of expression] and fantasies as men, about tolerance and acceptance, about not being judgmental towards others, about what it really means to be happy, and of course, about love.
This record was truly ahead of its time and forged a path for the next generation of female pop artists. A proof that a great record will stand the test of time and get the appreciation it deserves as society changes. Erotica made Madonna an era-defining icon, and has since kept her at the forefront of pop's sexual revolution.
Happy 25 years, Erotica. Thank you for all the lessons that made me who I am today.
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