Welcome to the Madonna Unreleased Rate! While her proper discography contains some of the greatest pop music of all time, her unreleased catalogue is remarkable mostly for showing her creative process. So much of the material is unrealized, some of the experiments fail in spectacular fashion, and even when the experiments succeed, you can often see how they were not a good fit for her studio albums. Yet, for all that, there’s so much here that is fascinating. These songs give remarkable insight about the sessions that spawned them and show Madonna in a rougher, less self-conscious, state. It’s like looking through her window when she’s letting her guard down: while it might be uncomfortable at times, it’s hard to look away. There is something immensely satisfying about exploring songs that take on strange subject matter (Queen), experiment with bizarre aesthetics (Take A Day), give us a glimpse of what she was doing before she became capital M Madonna (Get Up, Love On The Run, etc.), show us what an album might have been like had she not taken on the perfect producer (Gone Gone Gone, Like A Flower), or simply remind us just how much you have to do to a song sometimes to get it right (Beat Goes On, Bang Bang Boom, etc). And while Madonna’s unreleased discography has its fair share of dreck, there are also tons of gems here that show a different side of an artist that we sometimes feel we know inside out. That’s the great thing about Madonna: there’s always something new to see and hear. So, whether you have been itching to quantify your opinion on this material (let’s face it: scoring is fun), whether you want to complain that an unreleased song was paid dust, or whether you’re encountering this material for the first time, I welcome you to come on this journey into the vaults. Note: Everybody will have their own rating scale and standards, but because this is unreleased material, it might help to give these songs leeway when it comes to technical issues and what not. In my own rating experience, a song had to work well in its current form to garner a good score, but in some ways, I was a little bit more forgiving than I usually am for rates featuring finished songs. But as always, you do you. The law of averages will balance everything out. Ground Rules: -Score every song on a scale of 1 to 10. Half marks are allowed. -You should give one song a score of 11. While an unreleased rate is not exactly going to be overflowing with 11s, I encourage you to give your 11 to the track you think is the best, the one you want to see go all the way. -You can change your scores if you need to. Just shoot me a PM. -I get my life to commentary. Send as much as you want. The music (62 songs in total): Get Up High Society Love On The Run Take Me (I Want You) Laugh To Keep From Crying Crimes of Passion Don’t You Know Stay '81 Each Time You Break My Heart Dear Father Shame Goodbye To Innocence (Straight Pass) You Are The One You Thrill Me Queen’s English Shake Your Head Love Won’t Wait Freedom (Bedtime Stories sessions version) I Can’t Forget Gone Gone Gone Like A Flower Revenge No Substitute For Love Arioso Like An Angel Passing Through My Room Little Girl Liquid Love Run Cool Song The Game Set The Right Miss You I’m In Love With Love Boum If You Go Away Is This Love (Bon D’ Accord) I Love New York (Rock demo) History (Land of the Free) Keep The Trance Triggering (Your Senses) Across the Sky Infinity Beat Goes On (Demo) Latte Animal The Beat Is So Crazy (Solo Version) Bang Bang Boom Two Steps Behind Me Queen Nothing Lasts Forever Never Let You Go God is Love Freedom (Rebel Heart sessions version) Revolution Tragic Girl Heaven Alone With You Back That Up (Do It) Take A Day Trust No Bitch Take It Back Score The deadline to submit scores will be April 6th. This gives you a month to get through what is admittedly a lot of material. #Prolific Queen And as a friendly reminder, don’t fuck it up.