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In an interview with The Face magazine, Madonna explained her inspirations behind "Bedtime Stories" as well as the reason for teaming up with R&B song producers: ''"I've been in a reflective state of mind. I've done lot of soul searching and I just felt in a romantic mood when I was writing for [the album] so that's what I wrote about... I decided that I wanted to work with a whole bunch of different producers. [Icelandic singer-songwriter] Björk's album was one of my favorite for years—it's brilliantly produced. And I also wanted to work with Massive Attack. So obviously, he was on the list. Nellee was the last person I worked with, and it wasn't until then that I got a grip of what the sound of the whole record was, so I had to go back and redo a lot."''
 
In an interview with The Face magazine, Madonna explained her inspirations behind "Bedtime Stories" as well as the reason for teaming up with R&B song producers: ''"I've been in a reflective state of mind. I've done lot of soul searching and I just felt in a romantic mood when I was writing for [the album] so that's what I wrote about... I decided that I wanted to work with a whole bunch of different producers. [Icelandic singer-songwriter] Björk's album was one of my favorite for years—it's brilliantly produced. And I also wanted to work with Massive Attack. So obviously, he was on the list. Nellee was the last person I worked with, and it wasn't until then that I got a grip of what the sound of the whole record was, so I had to go back and redo a lot."''
 
===Development===
 
===Development===
Madonna's initial work on the album had started with Shep Pettibone, who produced her fifth studio album, "Erotica." However, she found out that they were doing the same vein of music from the previous album, which did not please her.
 
 
At the time, Madonna was a fan of Babyface's song "When Can I See You" and became interested in working with him, as she wanted "lush ballads" for her record. They would collaborate on three songs for the album in his studio in Beverly Hills, California with "Forbidden Love" and "Take a Bow" ending up on the album.
 
 
Recalling the latter's development, Babyface commented, ''"I wasn't so much thinking about the charts. I think I was more in awe of the fact that I was working with Madonna. It was initially surreal, but then you get to know the person a little bit, and you calm down and then it's just work. And work is fun."''
 
 
He also said that for "Forbidden Love", "She heard the basic track and it all started coming out, melodies and everything... It was a much easier process than I thought it would be."
 
 
Madonna's backup singers Donna De Lory and Niki Haris were called in to provide harmonies on "Survival". She commented: ''"The minute you walked in [the studio], she was giving you the lyric sheet. That was the atmosphere—we're not here to just hang out. It's fun, but we're here to work and get this done".''
 
 
De Lory recalls the sessions for "Survival" took a ''"couple of hours"'' and there were no retakes.
 
 
During recording sessions, Madonna was interested in working with Austin after he produced Joi's debut album The Pendulum Vibe." According to the singer, "She wanted to know, 'Who is this? Who produced it? How did this happen?'"
 
 
Aside from this, however, Madonna also wanted to explore the British club musical scene, where genres such as dub had been growing in popularity. In such a way, she decided to work with several European producers and composers within the electronic scene, including Nellee Hooper, who pleased Madonna due to his "very European sensibility."
 
 
Inviting Hooper over to Los Angeles sessions started taking place in the Chappell Studios of Encino, California.
 
 
Björk accepted the offer to write a track for Madonna's album, and wrote a song initially named "Let's Get Unconscious". Once the song demo had been finished, Hooper and Marius De Vries rearranged the track and the final version was called "Bedtime Story", which became the album's third single.
 
 
 
===Composition===
 
===Composition===
 
A major sonic departure from her previous release, "Bedtime Stories" is a more straight-ahead R&B album.
 
A major sonic departure from her previous release, "Bedtime Stories" is a more straight-ahead R&B album.
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