It's part of that "tracing a throughline" thing that's so present on her 90s albums and into the 2000s until probably Rebel Heart - she was also working with Shep before Bedtime Stories went in a different direction. I find it fascinating.
Good point actually! Yeah I still feel a bit sorry for Shep Pettibone, not that they finished on bad terms or anything, I guess more the end of an era. I really hope we get to hear his version of Secret one day.
I guess Nellie Hooper was another thread if it weren’t for his apparent ego, As said by Madonna in her letter to Pat Leonard.
William Orbit coming back for MDNA felt a bit like fan service, at that point it was like “omg Ray of Light 2.0 is coming!” But for obvious reasons it didn’t really work, I don’t blame Orbit, if anything it was the tight deadline and Madonna’s lack of creative input due to WE, he basically said this himself.
Mirwais coming back for Madame X however actually felt genuine to me, and it shows on those tracks, they had a special bond when working on those songs.