I've got about an estimated 1600 CDs (not including CD-Rs), so I obviously don't have time to listen to them all. I do like to dust off ones that I haven't listened to in a while, though. The other day I brought out Madonna's Ray of Light.
Now, I'm not a huge fan of Madonna, but I am a huge fan of this album. When I first heard it I was blown away. I enjoyed a lot of her past singles, but this saw her adapting (like she always does) to a music genre that I was completely into at the time - electronica. And she did it well. Credit is due to her producer William Orbit for successfully blending the organic and artificial. Try and tell me that, after hearing the sonic swell towards the end, "Drowned World/Substitute for Love" isn't her best post-80s song (FYI, her best 80s era song: "Like a Prayer"). Nostalgia plays some role in my love of this album. It reminds me of college, driving down to New Orleans with friends (including spydrz and Shamrock) for spring break. Ah, good times.
Her subsequent releases failed to captured the same magic for me. Music and its embrace of electro was okay, although I'm not a huge fan of the production by Mirwais. And American Life? Let's just say an overtly political and rapping Madonna is not a good thing.