It's oozing quality and musicianship, and purpose, and real emotions. I agree the slower songs are very strong, stronger than the others, but solid throughout. She really tapped into something special. Aside from the "problematic" aspects of the lead single/video it has a really pretty chorus and I love the production. Hollywood is one of my favorite Madonna singles overall, and Easy Ride is one of my favorite album tracks. Mother and Father is a heartbreaking gem with a killer Madonna-to-the-max chorus. Love Profusion and I'm So Stupid are my least favorite songs on the album, but both have redeeming qualities that still make me want to listen to them.
I could go on and on about this album and all of the songs on it. The sound of it, while not totally unique to this album (some tracks on Music), sounds so singular and cohesive and moody without being boring. It's not a joyous album with fun pop songs that many expect/want from Madonna, but I feel like if "Madonna" was erased from history and this album came out by some new artist named Madonna, it's reception may have been significantly different. It was a touchy time in American history and she created quite the poetic time capsule of it that is still very applicable and relevant today.