71 SCORE: 8.033 2015 PLACEMENT: DOWN 7 - 64 of 210 (7.854) HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 31 (@nikkysan @funkyg @No hay banda @eatyourself @JMRGBY @Remyky22 @Cutlery @Suburbia @matthew. @soratami @Phonetics Boy @Jonathan27 @elear @Andy French @godspeed @Dreampopboy @Skyline @BreatheBox @Daniel_O @Sideout @RetroPhysical @Xanax @Bleu Noir @Pop Life @wintersleep @Remorque @acl @ufint @Ramalama @nametag @japanbonustrack) LOWEST SCORE: 2 x 1 (@gezza76) MY SCORE: 9/10 Mmm I love this track; probably one of my top favourites from Bedtime Stories as a whole; "Sanctuary" is the first of two parts where the album's M.O. of slinky, warm RnB starts to get a little... distorted. There's just this disorientating sense of something not being quite right. The smile is a little too wide. The gaze is being held for too long... Mother, what big teeth you have. It's love, but it's teetering on obsession, and it's on that razor's edge that "Sanctuary" finds its sweet spot. It's like a song two serial killers would sing about loving each other. Which is why I frequently find myself serenading @Laura Vanderbooben with it while I wonder if I could just crawl into her rib cage and curl up for a wee nap after I removed her innards. She's probably thinking likewise, if the knife at my throat is anything to go by. The additional edge of "Sanctuary" is of course that idea of sanctuary in love to begin with, and how the song's entire mood and slightly morbid lyrics play with the idea that that same sanctuary of someone's arms can become a tomb. Who needs all the things that are bright and good in this world when you're offering me sweet oblivion? But yes, it's easily the crown jewel of Bedtime Stories for me. The electronic flourishes really make you stand up and take notice after the album has largely veered around them for most of its run, the Walt Whitman quote sums up everything I've spoken about perfectly - devotion to the point of sacrificing autonomy - and it generally just carries a threat so well. Madonna even sounds a little spooky here; like a siren luring you into the deep, watery nothing of her embrace. Yas. The song has sadly never been performed live as Bedtime Stories is actually the only Madonna album outside the debut to not have been toured. Still though, it has pride of place in fan circles thanks to the role it has in segueing beautifully into the title track, where the world of Bedtime Stories really goes into the upside down. And that is your Top 70.