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Like A Prayer

Madonna

1989

Like A Prayer

Album Summary

Like a Prayer is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on March 21, 1989, by Sire Records. Madonna worked with Stephen Bray, Patrick Leonard, and Prince on the album, with her co-writing and co-producing all the songs. Her most introspective release at the time, Like a Prayer is a confessional record. Madonna described the album as a collection of songs about her mother, father, and bonds with her family. It was dedicated to Madonna's mother, who died when she was young. Like a Prayer is a pop album and incorporates elements of rock, R&B, gospel, and funk. Madonna drew from her Catholic upbringing, as seen on the album's title track, which was also released as its lead single. The lyrics deal with themes from Madonna's childhood and adolescence, such as the death of her mother in "Promise to Try", the importance of family in "Keep It Together", and her relationship with her father in "Oh Father", as well as encouraging female empowerment in "Express Yourself". Like a Prayer received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised the songwriting and recognized Madonna's increased artistic merit. The album was featured in several musical reference books and best-of lists including Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Spin Alternative Record Guide. Commercially, the album was an international success, reaching the top of the charts in 20 countries, and was certified quadruple platinum in the US by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Worldwide, it has sold over 15 million copies and is one of the best-selling albums by women. Six accompanying singles were released: the title track, "Express Yourself", "Cherish", "Oh Father", "Dear Jessie", and "Keep It Together". "Like a Prayer" became Madonna's seventh number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, while "Express Yourself" and "Cherish" both peaked at number two, and "Keep It Together" became a top-10 hit. With the singles' music videos, Madonna furthered her creativity and became known as a leading figure in the format. The music video for "Like a Prayer" was met with controversy worldwide over its use of religious imagery, including the appropriation of Catholic iconography such as stigmata and the burning crosses of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as a dream about making love to a Black saint, and a scene depicting an interracial murder by white supremacist groups. Family and Christian groups including the Vatican protested its broadcast and threatened to boycott Pepsi for having ties with Madonna. Eventually, Pepsi caved in to the protest and canceled the sponsorship, allowing Madonna to keep her $5 million paycheck in advance. Like a Prayer preceded Madonna's Blond Ambition World Tour, which she used to promote it. At the end of the 1980s, following the release of the album, Madonna was named artist of the decade by several publications.

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3.17

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5231

Genres

  • Pop
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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

Title song 'Like a Prayer' is a masterpiece. 'Cherish' is also the epitome of 80s pop, I remember dancing as a small girl to this in my friend's house, her older sister would invent dance routines and make us be her back-up dancers. Prince on `Love Song` - anything with prince is gold. `Til Death do us part` - doesn't shy away from heavy themes - domestic violence. Pop is not really my thing, but this album is iconic and representative of a genre and an era.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

'Like A Prayer', 'Express Yourself' and 'Cherish' are as good as anything Madonna ever recorded, and guest star Prince (on the duet 'Love Song') is always a welcome addition to any record. Yeh 'Art Of Contrition' is a bit underwhelming for an album closer, but when it turns out that Prince basically produced the track (it's also him on guitar uncredited) it's hard for me to be too critical. Elsewhere 'Dear Jessie' evokes the psychedelic 60's, 'Oh Father' is a brooding power ballad and 'Spanish Eyes' is a beautiful Latin tinged song confronting the then still-taboo issue of AIDS. Overall, this is a super pop album by a woman who was at height of her powers.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Never listened to this whole record before. Not gonna lie, it POPS

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Incredible album start to finish. The production value alone is worth the price of admission. Really liked hearing the songs I hadn't heard since they were in heavy rotation on 90's radio, plus all the other songs I hadn't heard. Highlights: Like a Prayer Express Yourself Till Death Do Us Part Cherish Pray for Spanish Eyes

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

Quintessential 80s. Was originally thinking 4 star just based on personal preference but the influence and enduring pop sound is something that's hard to ignore and comes through when listening. Title track is so good... great song along driving song.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
5

The title track is perhaps her best song, and has held up so well it's practically become Midge's signature song. The big news at the time was that Madonna was collaborating with one Prince Rogers Nelson on at least one song ("Love Song"). It turns out Prince is all over this album. The Purple One plays guitar on the title track, "Keep It Together" and "Act Of Contrition", something that's obvious listening almost 32 years later. The latter song basically sounds like a Prince outtake with Madonna reading the catholic version of the Act Of Contrition and ultimately getting angry at a computer. This is where it all came together for Madonna. I'm an unashamed Stan for Midge's "Like A Virgin" album, and with the buzz this album was generating at the time, I went out and bought on a little format called Compact Disc the week it was released. I remember that I didn't warm to it right away. By then the song "Like A Prayer" was already being played everywhere, something that would happen with "Express Yourself" and "Cherish" and even "Oh Father". You couldn't get away from those songs in 1989. So I never really gave the CD the chance it obviously deserved at the time. I had a similar situation with her "True Blue" album (those songs were such a part of the radio landscape that I didn't even bother buying the album). So this was an overdue opportunity to revisit it and marvel at Madonna right smack in the middle of her Imperial Phase. I still ride hard for "Like A Virgin" (maybe the version of Madonna love the most is the one we discovered when we were 15), but from an album standpoint, this is as good as it gets for our woman. Every track is a banger in it's own way. Prince had that sort of impact on anything he touched, and Madonna knew it better than anyone.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

You can't really argue with what Madonna does, love it or hate it, she's very good at her pop thing. This album is full of classic pop tracks, easy to sing along with, easy to dance to, easy to relate to. I'm not a big pop fan these days but I enjoy most things she put out through the 80s. It's so streamlined and polished. Good stuff.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

I knew 3 songs off this album. Thought I might find some hidden gems. Nope! 3 great songs and the rest were complete duds.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

I wasn't a Madonna fan back in the day. I recall in the late 80s my friend SK had tickets to Madonna's Toronto concert and asked if I wanted to go. I looked at him like he had two heads. A couple of years later (around the time JP II was lighting her up) some work mates were discussing Madonna and one of the church going brothers said " It's bad enough that she does such things, but why did she have to name herself Madonna." That got the rebel in me thinking that perhaps I should check her shit out a bit more. Anyway, I came to like her dance floor hits. While I never did go to a Madonna concert, I saw a documentary about one of her shows and can see that the hits from Like a Prayer were perfect for the show she put on and she put on an excellent show. I liked the way she could stir the pot with her comments and fashion. It's a little sad to see her still making comments that she hopes will raise eyebrows and controversy but do nothing other than cause head shaking and sniggering that says her time has passed. Except for Prince's excellent guitar work on Act of Contrition, I don't have much positive to say the songs that weren't hits. The hits are infectious and can't stop myself from grooving. If I could go back in history, I'd go to the concert with SK.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

Every one of these songs are about 2 minutes too long. Record was fine but I don’t see myself playing this one again.

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Mon May 31 2021
5

I really enjoyed this one. In fact, I wonder why I don’t actually have any Madonna albums. I pretty much like every song of hers I hear, so…that’s a mystery.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Even though a couple of songs on this album are dated, there isn’t a bad song on the entire album. All are amazing.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

Madonna’s masterpiece. Perfect pop music. Like A Prayer is one of the best songs of the decade.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Realizing that Jan Delay covered the beat from "Till Death Do us Part". Apart from this a bit too poppy for me, but not a bad record per se.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

You've gotta respect how long she has been at it. I have never been through an entire album of hers. I respect the song length, its almost 5 minutes. That is not easy to do as a pop Queen. The music and lyrics just doesn't move me in anyway but I do respect what she has done for music.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

Not sure if I've ever voluntarily listened to Madonna before, other than Ray Of Light (which was really good). The big singles here are probably known by most everyone and in retrospect the title cut "Like A Prayer" is a pretty excellent song; I love the minor-key bridge - builds so well and finally resolves into the big final chorus. Just great. And "Love Song" was one I'd not heard before - Prince definitely makes a great collaborator on this and it's fun (if not a shade too long). "Till Death Do Us Part" is a nice-enough upbeat song.... "Dear Jessie" is an unexpected light melodic treat as well. But there is a pattern here - none of the tracks are even close to bad or objectionable, and the album *sounds* fantastic - you can really tell that a ton of time (i.e. money) was spent getting this to sound sonically great. They're all "nice" or easy enough to spend 4-5 minutes listening to but I can't ever envision being in the car or in the living room and suddenly think "yeah I have to listen to 'Cherish' or 'Express Yourself'" After that first track to me most of the album has a good melodic or dance mood but individually the songs don't grab me much overall. 5/10 3 stars

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Wed Oct 28 2020
2

I love Madonna, but I really don't think this album should be on this list. Outside of the title song, everything else is kinda bland pop repeating her earlier works and the only reason I can think it's notable is the insane controversy from the title song

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

Rubbish. Other than the first song which is obviously amazing

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Sat Sep 18 2021
2

I'm at Cherish and I think it maybe the first album that I stop early. Why did this make the list? 2/5

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

Kind of disappointing. Starts strong but after 'Express Yourself' the individual tracks start to congeal into one amorphous and fairly uninteresting sound. There's a lot of praise for 'Love Song' but to be honest, once you've heard the first 30 seconds you've heard the entire song. 'Cherish' has a bit of energy to it which helps perk up the ears but then it's back to the mush. The closer, 'Act of Contrition' isn't, well, good...but it is at least a bit interesting, so that's something I suppose.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
2

Finally, some wholesome Christian pop/rock with a positive moral message. Sadly, Christian music, is vastly underrepresented on this list. I’ve asked my pastor to include this record as pre-mass entrance music at our megachurch on Sundays.

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Fri Oct 16 2020
1

Not a fan of her music and this album did nothing to change my mind. Felt like i needed a shower after it was over to wash off the cringe that it induced.

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Thu Dec 10 2020
1

og punk

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Tue May 11 2021
1

Erm. 1 or 2? 😂Yeh 1. Just nothin decent about it. Sounds like some pop producer paid a young girl to sing like Prince.

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Thu May 20 2021
1

Not for me.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

Love this album

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

Tancava un poker de 4 triomfs seguits, del millor que va donar el pop a la década dels 80. I ho va fer de la millor manera possible, amb el disc més ambiciós, millor produït i amb millors composicions de tots. No hi ha tema dolent (que el menys bo sigui el tema amb Prince, l'altre gran ídol pop dels 80, ja és significatiu). La portada, l'icònic vídeo del tema titular, l'olor a perfum a l'obrir el disc, i un seguit de hits incontestables li van fer tancar la década com la reina que ja era. Mai més tornaria a ser igual, però a aquestes alçades, tampoc calia....

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

Truly one of the great pop albums of the 80s. This is where her career began to be examined in new light. Great vocals and pop songwriting as a whole. Fantastic work by Prince in the background.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Such earwigs. Good earwigs.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

Мадонна! Тут практически без слов. Отличный альбом для того времени и сейчас тоже было приятно слушать. Провокативный, революционный, как и сама Мадонна собсна

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Listened 28/9/21

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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

Madonna is one of my all-time favorite artists.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

Fantastic from start to finish

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Spicy spicy Madonna is sexy and fun!!

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Haven't heard this one in a long time. It surprised me how good it was. I thought it was just a bunch of pop hits, but the music is good. 5/5

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Peak Madge.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

jæja no offense en þetta er fimma, þetta er insane fokkin plata jeeesus christ banger eftir banger

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Um dos álbuns mais icônicos e importantes de toda a música pop. Esse é o disco mais pessoal da Madonna, em que ela escreveu numa época conturbada (pós término do casamento com o Sean Penn), ao mesmo tempo em uma época em que já tinha conseguido sua consolidação como artista com True Blue. Se até True Blue a Madonna se vendia apenas como uma boa cantora pop, com Like a Prayer ela foi além, tanto pelas polêmicas quanto pelo trabalho como um todo (disco, vídeos, turnês), o que resultou com uma iconoclastia em torno de si mesma.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

10

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

Loving Madonna

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Can't beat a bit of Madge.

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

Overall I did enjoy this album, even if I didn't enjoy all of the tracks. The hits are all good, and there's a few good deep cuts too (e.g. Till Death Do Us Part).

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

Heck yeah. This is some good music. Didn't realize Prince was so involved either. Favorite tracks: Like a Prayer, Oh Father, Express Yourself

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

5/5. As much as I hate to admit it, this is a great album. NO, it is not in the same league as some others that I have given a 5/5 rating to, but It IS deserving of it.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Peak of 80s pop, when Madonna fulfilled her creative potential, mastering all she learned from her records that decade before she would experiment in the 90s. Pop was really shit in 1989, with such few highlights like Debbie Gibson, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, and some hip hop one-hit wonders (e.g. "Just a Friend", "Ride on Time", "Pump up the Jam", "Bust a Move", "Wild Thing"), none of which really worth talking about. But boom the queen of pop hits us with something big and grand. At this point in her career she's the most famous person alive and has finally started to be taken seriously since True Blue (more than just a teen pop star). She really delivers with this entry, full of diverse styles that hit one after the next. We start off with "Like a Prayer." It's the perfect pop song. From her flawless vocal delivery, the holy chamber sound reinforced by the gospel back vocals, and the disco-esque dance choruses that divulge into something grand and powerful. Ending with that two-minute long gospel coda and return to the chorus feels like a celebration. It deserves its title as one of the greatest songs of all time. We follow this up with "Express Yourself," the second most popular single. Honestly it's fine, and a lot of people seem to like it, but to me it sounds like her most generic single. It's apparently a gay anthem too somehow? Maybe she swapped up the pronouns for some recording? "Love Song" is pretty much a Prince song from head to bottom with Madonna guest vocals. This sounds like something straight out of Sign O' The Times, incredibly funky and weird. Smooth vocals by Madonna, especially in that bridge, reminds me of her style in Erotica. Absolutely love Prince so I welcome his involvement here. "Till Death Do Us Part" is exactly what I've been looking for. It's a really fast and happy song, sounds like no other. Catchy and I love the jangly melody. Is that Prince on the guitar again? Damn that sounds disco near the end. One of my favorites. "Promise to Try" is a ballad. Everyone's doing them, even rockstars, and they always suck. But for ballad standards, this gets all the marks. Her excellent songwriting is truly highlighted here. Doesn't stop it from being my least favorite track, especially when the much superior ballad "Oh Father" is yet to come. "Cherish" is a personal favorite of mine. A doo wop track, this one's also cheery and optimistic, giving me feelings of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" without oversaturation. Amazing production on this one, lots of diverse sounds in the guitars, drum machine, and horns that come together. "Dear Jessie" is a Baroque lullaby. A child's melody, it's a really beautiful song that again displays how much her vocals, her songwriting, and the high production value all come together. I really enjoy that grand magical bridge that's like a medieval fairy tale. I was a bit iffy about "Oh Father" until a minute in and instantly fell in love. This is a Baroque masterpiece, I really love her songwriting and the strings in this one, as well as the way she varies her tone and power in her voice. The bridge is a highlight here too. By the time we reach "Keep It Together" I'm reminded that Madonna writes dance hits. She completely moved away from that style until this track, and it fully delivers. An ode to Sly and the Family Stone (you can really hear them in those emphasized guitars), it's super fun and funky like a night at the disco. "Pray for Spanish Eyes" is a return to the Latin music she had played with on True Blue. It's no "La Isla Bonita" but she's really perfected that sound, and it's a nearly flawless piece that further adds to the remarkable diversity of this album. We end the album with Prince on the guitar for two minutes. Fun outro. I don't care much for it though and would probably shut it off here. I have a rule when reviewing albums. Whenever I come across an album with 8 or more tracks, and I can say something very positive and regard as memorable nearly every single track, it signifies nearly flawless album, and I must give it the full 5 stars. My only real general complaint is the length of the tracks. I really enjoyed most of them so didn't mind, but she's really stretching her tracks at 5 minutes a piece. Cutting most of them by a minute and getting rid of "Promise to Try" would result in a more refined 40-minute record.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Whenever I throw up Madonna my main concern is my neighbours' judgment. Never mind, I will punish them with some Black Dahlia Murder later on. And besides that, I always wondered: is she talented, or is she just someone who is surrounded by talented people? And then again, knowing how to surround yourself with the right people, is it a talent in itself, and to which extent is an "artistic" related talent?  I won't add anything to whatever has been said about this record, other than it still sounds fresh to my ears, even more than 3 decades after its release. Also, I wasn't aware that Prince had ever played with her, and that was a nice surprise, especially Act Of Contrition, something that I would have never expected to hear on a Madonna album. All in all, the sprawling, eclectic nature of the album recalls Purple Rain, and I can clearly see how influential the latter might have been in this case. I am also surprised that I already knew some songs from the album, other than the title track (Cherish). The book compares this album to Revolver, which seems to be quite a statement, but Oh Father is as magnificent. 

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

This album was released at a pivotal time in my own religious journey. LIKE A PRAYER came out at the exact moment I was making a decision to take one last big gamble on my Catholic faith. Over the following year, this album was a major part of my soundtrack I became disillusioned with religion and set my life on a new path. Personal stories aside, this is an incredible album released at the apex of Madonna’s imperial phase. From the upbeat Gospel-infused title track, pop confections like “Cherish”, the dance floor staple “Express Yourself”, to introspective and deeply personal tracks like “Oh Father” and “Promise to Try”, I consider this Madonna’s greatest album. There is not a song on it that I don’t love. Madonna’s exploration of family and religion is an incredible journey from beginning to end.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

I still remember watching for the first time Madonna open the MTV VMAs in 1989 with Express Yourself. That was the moment that my relationship with Madonna changed. If you'd asked me then why I liked it so much, I think I would've said that I just liked the choreography. But watching it on YouTube today, it occurs to me that there may have been a lot more happening for me at the time. Madonna's wannabes were all around me in high school (class of '86) and, while I thought some of her songs were catchy, I didn't quite understand her popularity. She was girly in a way that I couldn't relate to and frankly looked down on. (Hello, internalized misogyny!) But in Express Yourself, the sexy-baby voice from the Like a Virgin era is replaced with a deeper, more grounded sound and on the VMAs, instead of a lacy bridal gown, she and her backup singers wear suits over bustiers, still feminine but with a touch of masculine swagger. The thing that strikes me most of all today about the 1989 VMA performance is that every single aspect is exquisitely designed, rehearsed, and executed. It is very clear to me how high Madonna's standards were and how much she must have demanded from everyone on her staff in order to achieve such perfection. I think now that part of what appealed to young me, without my really being aware of it, was seeing a woman having that kind of vision, agency, and unapologetic power. So, thirty odd years later, I have mad respect and admiration for Madonna as a woman, a performer, and an artist at every single stage of her career. I don't know that Like a Prayer is my favorite Madonna album but it's got a special place in my heart with its elevated (but still catchy) pop next to some deeply revealing material and an appearance from Prince. These are some great songs that changed the trajectory of popular music and music videos.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

I guess I grew up with Madonna. The teen pop she was known for was something I really enjoyed when I was a teenager. This album, which marked her transition to more personal and adult themes came out when I was 21, at a transition to more personal and adult themes... Beyond that, it's absolutely enjoyable to listen to now as it was, as well as being emotional and relevant. It's also so satisfying to see an artist be able to grow and define her own art. To quote a friend from the era, "Madonna is a genius!" Hail holy queen!

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

Great album, from the production to the individual songs. The album keeps things, at least musically, from getting to heavy, but she hides truly heart wrenching lyrics at times in pop music. It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to this album, listening to it now as a child psychiatrist, these lyrics could serve as trauma reaction case studies, I’ll be it lucrative trauma reaction, but nonetheless.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Some great tracks in here. Promise to try is awful. Like, almost bad enough to tempt me to drop a star from the rating. But then Express Yourself is Madonna's second best ever song (Material Girl beating it) so it's gonna have to keep that fifth star.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Some pretty perfect pop songs on here. Iconic and anthemic. Loses a bit of momentum towards the end so I was considering 4 stars but the singles are so strong I’ve got to give it full marks.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

A classic

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

Forgot about these but had a memory of my sister getting this album and listening to the whole thing. Start of my parents Christian shaming music….

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

One of my all-time favorites.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Very fun late 80's pop! You can definitely hear Prince's influence. Expected to get a little sick of it, but every song was really fun! 4.5 and rounding up!

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Pray for Spanish Eyes, Like a Prayer

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

p610. 1989. 5 stars An absolutely perfect pop record. And beneath the shiny veneer of love songs and chart hits there are also songs about religion, domestic abuse, sex, dysfunctional family relationships, loneliness and loss. There is not a weak track on this. "Romeo and Juliet/They never felt this way I bet"

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

SO GOOD

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

"Like A Prayer" is the fourth studio album from Madonna. Four producers were involved including Madonna herself, Stephen Bray, Patrick Leonard and Prince. One of the things that stands out is the variety from song to song and I think using all these producers helped that. On her first three songs, she goes from pop to more dance to soul/R&B. This is considered her most introspective release, a confessional record with songs about her Mother, Father, family and God. It drew critical acclaim for taking on serious, personnal subjects. Plus, the music is very solid in its production. The album begins with the self-tilted "Like A Prayer," a massive hit world wide. A guitar intro and the guitar remains kind of in the background throughout. The synth and backing vocals gives this a church feel as it should since it's about a child's/teens' relationship with God. At its hear it's a pop song and a great one at that. Let's go dance in "Express Yourself." I love the strain in Madonna's voice and the extended album version. A song about female empowerment and gender equality. To me, the third single "Cherish" takes us to more pop, early 80's Madonna. It's lighter, peppier. I think just a happy song about a relationship. "Dear Jessie" was inspired by producer Patrick Leonard's daughter and is more like a pop lullaby. Strings, synths, trumpets. It changes pace. Fantasy imagery with pink elephants and mermaids. Another inspiration must have been the Beatles as well. "Oh Father" is most defintely a ballad, with strings, a baroque pop one at that. Based on Madonna's relationship with her Father. A very mature Madonna vocal approach highlights its seriousness. The sixth and final single is the funky "Keep It Together." Dedicated to Sly and the Family Stone. Nice percussion, congas and a banjo. Very nice production. Madonna stresses the importance of her family. An interesting ending in "Act of Contrition" with searing guitar (sounds like Prince), gospel singers and spoken word sometimes screaming by Madonna. Hmmmm. I really like the variety from song to song on this album with everything still very much in the pop category. The production is high with the strings, horns, synths, percussion and backing vocals. A definite recommendation to the whole album including the songs you might not have heard.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

insanely good… loved it! what do you mean it’s not in the computer?!?!?

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

standouts: express yourself, love song, oh father and like a prayer

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Like A Prayer makes me elevate 50 ft in the air consistently without fail

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

excellent pop album

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Tue May 11 2021
4

I've never cared for Madonna, but this album was pretty good. Classic 80s pop.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Good

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Sat May 01 2021
4

legend

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Classic...no wonder she's a star.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

A Valerie classic

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Loved Madonna and the shock value she brought. The true queen

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

classic. overplayed. inoffensive

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Perfect pop - contains some of her greatest tracks, very little anyone could class as throwaway.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

An amazing pop album with so many hits it's unreal. An artist at the top of her game.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

The pleasing pop album with a good-hearing voice and fast and lively music.

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Lovely Album

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Wed May 05 2021
4

64. Donna Summer; 82. Madonna

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Wed May 19 2021
4

A classic, still a great album

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Some would call it a classic, v depends on your mood

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Really enjoyed this album. Clever lyrics and beautifully crafted songs.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Very pretty songs, marvelous hits

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

it was sooo good! Some songs were just so long! (I wanted to give it a 4.5)

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

I'm my opinion Like A Prayer is the greatest pop song ever written. However, as a full album this is not the best. I'm shocked to see that Lucky Star isn't on this list because I think it's a much better album. Regardless it is a good album.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

Enjoyed that - I know the Madonna hits and a few others. Was fun listening to a proper album

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Better than I thought

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Is it gay to like Madonna? Yes! Did I like it? Yes!

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

One masterpiece, some good singles, but better than I remembered.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Yeah, I like the poppy sound. Sometimes you listen to an album so much you know the next song that comes up, but might not know the name of the song because it isn't regularly played. This is one of those albums for me.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

A great window onto a very particular kind of intricate pop arrangement and production

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

A great piece of pop that has stood the test of time well.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

She embodied the 80s like no other female artist. She has edge, memorable lyrics, an amazing look, and just the whole package. Full-tilt entertainer. Albums like this and Faith by George Michael are in the uber-commercial category, but how can you criticize an artist that innovated and then gave the public exactly what they wanted. This album is hit after hit! You even have Prince on this thing!

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

An excellent album - a true evolution from the early pop period showing the way to the radiant Ray of Light The title track, Love Song (feat. Prince), Cherish, Oh Father and Act of Contrition are really fabulous.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Banger after banger

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

A gold plated classic. Probably better songwriting than True Blue, but not as familiar to me despite the run of hit singles in the middle.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Not much to say about this album, but it's pretty good. Starts off really strong, and while it slows down a bit after the first two songs, it's pretty consistent throughout 4/5

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Not my cup of Yerba mate but understand the time and place (and now) appeal. Pop queen.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Nice throwback to the 80's with Prince influences.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

I see warum die Leute das so hypen! Kein Riesen-Fan von 80er-Pop-Mix, aber die Songkonzepte und das Writing ist richtig cool

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

You can certainly hear the prince influences and contributions, it makes it’s a stronger album imo Up until this album I had been a massive Madonna fan, her change if material/direction wasn’t in my musical taste at the time, now however I get what she was trying to achieve with this album. Ironically there are quite a few good singles on here that were never released and it’s a shame they weren’t as it would have shown the album off a lot more

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

I remember as a young kid this got plenty of airplay. Reeks of Prince production on guitar, which is great. Didn’t mind it actually

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Honestly this record had a lot going against it: the style of 80s production I dislike, and the fact that I'm not a super huge Madonna fan. Still, it eventually won me over, partly due to Price (whose fingerprints are all over this), and partly due to the introspective and personal songwriting. Favorite tracks: "Like a Prayer", "Till Death Do Us Part"

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Like everyone else, most of my experience with Madonna came from the radio or TV. I'd never heard any of her non-single music until I listened to this album. And ya know, it wasn't bad. I actually enjoyed it, and really likes "Oh Father". I didn't even skip the songs I've heard thousand of times. Didn't add, but would listen again (and maybe explore more).

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Mommy? Sorry....

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

January 26th 2022. Finally a Madonna album. :-) The best of this album IMO: - Like A Prayer - Express Yourself - Til Death Do Us Part - Keep It Together - Act of Contrition Makes me nostalgic and I wasn't even born when that album came out. Certaines chansons ont vraiment mal vieilli... Genre "Dear Jessie", je trouve cette chanson nulle à chier instrumentalement. "Keep It Together" est tellement années 80 c'en est crampant. What's interesting to me is how Madonna can sing well, but how her voice isn't beautiful. She hits the notes perfectly, but in no way is she one of the best singers of all-time. But she sure does how to make iconic pop. "Act of Contrition" is... something. Chaotic. A classic overall. 3.6/5

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Smooth, competent pop. The second half of the album is much better than the first.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

A fantastic album, accented by contributors like Prince that just really took it over the top. Madonna at peak Madonna

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Cherish is the highlight here

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

This album was way more creative and unique than I expected it to be. I really enjoyed it and will probably listen to the second half again especially.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Nice

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Hmm, Madona's synth pop is alright but I liked the more synthy debut that she had. I find her anthems a bit weird in the sense that I am not really as gripped by for instance, like a Prayer that I feel I should be. It is a nice, groovy album, however, and overall an enjoyable listen I am between 3-4 but feeling generous.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

4.25

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Based on music alone, this would be a 2 star record with some 3 star bangers, but the lyrics are so good and deeply personal. They touch on child abuse, toxic relationships, divorce, the AIDS epidemic, and struggles with faith. Madonna's reach was huge at this time, and her image was bigger than life. The vulnerability she shows on this album is to be commended. Few releases of this magnitude have this much to say.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

The title track is a mainline injection of pure late-80s nostalgia; neon socks and fake Wayfarers. The rest never hits those lofty heights, but it's enjoyable and slickly produced.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Liked it!

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

Madonna - even Imperial Period - is the master of the '4 bangers so banging the fact the rest of the album is just okay-ish doesn't matter' - viz True Blue, like a Virgin etc. This is the exception that proves the rule, a Madonna album you can listen to like, an album as the bangers still bang, but the variety and quality of the album tracks are a cut above.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
4

Apparently, I need to up my 4-game.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Meer van genoten dan ik verwachtte

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Sat May 28 2022
4

Promise to try - quite a poignant and somber song amongst the woodland of the other up beat pop songs Revelation never heard love song with Prince Some good well known singles and lesser if you’re not a fan

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Lovely little time capsule. Other than her (brilliant) singles on this, the rest shows an unexpected diversity of styles. I really dig it.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

I enjoyed listening to my first Madonna album front to back. The hits are great, and the B-sides are surprisingly interesting.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Being 8 when this came out the singles unsurprisingly surrounded me. I liked the title track of course. Less bothered by the others. Into the Groove is fabulous but not on this album, which I've never listened to before now. I was not aware of the Prince duet, which is a lovely little nugget to add to my library. The deleted track Supernatural is also going in. Exception on the singles, Dear Jessie I had completely forgotten existed and reminds me a lot of Erasure on The Circus. Nice.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Pretty friggin good pop

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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

Good enough to make me forgive her for playing hours late in Brisbane, not finishing until hours after public transport had stopped running, having to wait forever at Boondall (middle of nowhere location for the Brisbane Entertainment Centre) for a taxi, not getting back until something like 2:30am and having to get up and go to work a few hours later. She was really good, but still. Peak Madge, but also peak MTV.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Just really good pop

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Well. That was a shock

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

I came of age with 90s era Madonna and my first “album” of hers was The Immaculate Collection, her first greatest hits compilation. So to me, she’s one of those “just the hits” kind of artists. And let’s be honest here, her hits are huge, they totally slap, and all of them unlock core formative years memories for me. The remix of Express Yourself on the compilation album is so much better than this original version. When I got around to buying this album I remember feeling kind of let down by it in comparison. I forgot how much I liked Love Song, that collaboration with Prince is the best thing on this album to me now. They play off of each other in such a sexy way, I dig it.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

At the time I thought it was the best Madonna album, but now it sounds a bit flat and some of the songs appear to be pretty weak.. probably the first Madonna album that had some 3* singles.. Still, it contains some classic Madonna / Leonard singles (the first two songs are obviously 5*) and most of the songs are 4*. So 4 stars seems to be about right (but I would not have included it on the list..).

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Oh well... Madonna. Guess it would be ridiculous not to include at least *one* of her albums in this list given her impact on popular culture, and after checking out most of her records, it seems to me that *Like A Prayer* is the best choice, because it's maybe the only album of hers which is not invaded by an overlong string of clunkers that have aged poorly, apart from the obvious timeless hits. Here it needs to be pointed out that her records from the nineties and naughts surprisingly sound *even more dated* today than the ones from the eighties, if not more. But to be honest, it's an overall problem in her discography. Madonna was so bent on commercial success that her instincts (and producers) always led her to favor styles that would go out of fashion in a year or two--if they were not already dated by the time the record came out. So when the songwriting was not top-notch (and it wasn't in many cases), the whole thing sounded ludicrous to listeners with less blatantly commercial tastes. And this even back then. To be honest, I first expected *Like A Prayer* to be pestered by that same sort of problem given my knowledge of the second and third singles, "Express Yourself" and "Cherish". The first one is still bearable in an eighties nostalgic kind of way, but the second just sounds plain cheesy to me. But the thing is, those two singles are actually among the less compelling cuts in this album, and most of everything else is surprisingly very good. Of course, there's the title track opening this record. Everybody knows it, so I don't need to describe in details its gorgeous gospel arrangements, off-kilter chord changes, unnexpected rhythm drops and overall soulfull atmosphere. It's one of those timeless hits Madonna will always be remembered for. About the other good stuff now: The sensual duet with Prince, "Love Song", provides the kind of kinky kicks you can expect from the association of those two household names. It croons and moans and writhes just the right way. "Till Death Do Us Part" is a lively and catchy mid-tempo song displaying one of the rare instances Madonna could do rockier stuff without sounding too insincere or overaffected. Its lyrics are also an uncompromising take on domestic psychological abuse, which doesn't hurt. "Promise To Try" is a touching ballad, unpretentious but still effective. Its minimalistic piano-driven struture makes sure it can stay fresh after all these years. Compared to it, the strings-laden baroque pop chops of "Dear Jessie" are nothing short of astonishing: the music sounds like the love child of *Around the World In A day*-era Prince and Kate Bush. Sorry for the horrid mental picture I'm suggesting here, but believe me, musically it still works out very well. The next track, "Oh Daddy", is probably the centerpiece of the record, and certainly its emotional heart. It's all in the title. Heavy strings support a very personal song where Louise Ciccone settles scores with her father, and if you feel like someone eavesdropping on something you shouldn't hear while listening to it, the heartrending arrangements, the irresistible chorus, and the somewhat cold, detached way Madonna sings the latter make for a fascinating listen. After this feat, the bland pop-dance number "Keep It Together" is underwhelming to say the least, but the record fortunately ends on another high note, the acoustic-guitar and latin-trumpet-driven torch song "Pray for Spanish Eyes" ("Act Of Contrition" after it is nothing but a goofy experimental bonus track for me--so experimental that you feel like you're listening to Sonic Youth's parody album *Ciccone Youth* instead). So that's it: 10 real songs. Two clunkers and one half-clunker against seven keepers, including one timeless hit. Of course, only *one* timeless hit may sound a little stingy compared to the usual three you could find on *Madonna*, *Like A Virgin* and *True Blue*, to just mention her eighties albums. I suggest owning a compilation if you really enjoy those more famous songs (like *The Immaculate Collection* or the most complete *Celebration*) and just forget about those LPs. Unless you're a huge fan, or obsessed with eighties' cheesy sounds, they're not really worth it. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 840 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 87 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 39 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 33

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

nepaspeju noklausitites visu ejot uz nocniku pec lokala, bet loti labs vaks un man patika pirma puse

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

iconic.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

I imagine Gaga listened to this a lot before her debut.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Was not exactly a fan as a teenager, given my predeliction for hard and heavy music, but listening to it in full for the first time I was suprised how many songs I did know, and just the quality of the "pop".

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Fun and dancey. I came to this not quite realising the roots or spread of Madonna's popularity. Now what I know. This is great.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

catchy! lotta bangers.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

La reina del pop. Un megahit. Un 4.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

A good Madonna album. A little more subdued than I was expecting, but I liked that. 'Like a Prayer,' is obviously a banger of a song, but virtually everything was upbeat and catchy. It never really hit the highs that the titular song set, but I'm not sure it needed to. Not my favorite Madonna album, but definitely a quality one.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

8/10

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

Hay una Madonna mejor que la de este disco, acaso? El sonido de este álbum es un poco el resumen de una década maravillosa en cuanto a lo musical, el pop de los '80 rompió, para bien, con muchas cosas del pasado que habría que festejar siempre.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Classic Queen of Pop

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

4.5/5. It is really amazing.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Another Madonna record that was incredibly consistent. Once again, I feel bad for having previously dismissed her as a singles artist, this and Ray of Light were both top notch pop albums

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Classic 80s vibe

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Madonna's voice has never been the main attraction but the top tier production on the album brings out the best of it. The singles are all massive songs. Pop perfection. The rest of the album is a mix of solid synth pop and softer ballads. All in all its a great collection at an important junction in Madonna's career.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

This is basically as good as Michael Jackson's Thriller. The singles are pop classics.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Several songs i really liked and recognized, and also some really weird ones.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

I was 100% predisposed to love everything about this album just by knowing “Like A Prayer” and “Express Yourself” are here. And… yeah! It took me a little bit to process but by the 2nd time “Oh Father” came around I was sold. The religious tone of the album threw me off, not gonna lie, and at this point in my life I’m not necessarily searching for the kind of sound “Like a Prayer” offers, but I was ultimately won over by how personal Madonna gets in these songs. Instead of evoking her more (sexually) provocative side, Madonna reflects on bittersweet, violent relationships in “Till Death Do Us Part”, sings to an abusive dad in “Oh Father”, asks us to not settle in “Express Yourself” and makes her best case to get into heaven in “Act of Contrition”. This is the Madonna I want to remember, one who was brilliant at combining sound with substance to create memorable performances.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Never actively listened to madonna. Really nice pop - 4 stars

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Tue Nov 29 2022
4

Now this is a prayer I can get behind

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Tue Nov 29 2022
4

Very solid pop album with a lot of gospel music influences.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

6/16 Some great pop. Standout Tracks: Till Death Do Us Part, Pray for Spanish Eyes

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Mon Oct 26 2020
3

Not bad, but kinda boring and felt way too long.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Some good songs but overall I the rest of the album was fine

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Surprised I didn't like it more. Sounds like they had a lot of fun with the MIDI, though!

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

solid pop but not a ton really connected with me

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

It's fine

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Title track is by far the best song on the album. What a great tune. That drum beat is amazing. I also liked Cherish. Makes me think of True Blue. The second half of the album doesn't do it for me.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

3

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Sat May 01 2021
3

some good pop. i mean its madonna what else can you expect?

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Fun, but a lil too poppy.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Lots of different genres thrown into the mix, which I liked, even if "Dear Jessie" didn't seem to fit with anything else. I liked the weirdness of "Act of Contrition" Fave track - "Like a Prayer" - that shiz is anthemic!

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

j'aime sa musique a l'occasion soit en auto a la radio mais je n'acheterais pas son produit

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Some amazing tracks on here. Singles are all great as is the song with prince.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Really enjoyed the album esp the start of it. I can def see now that Gaga kinda stole Madonna's entire style ngl Fav tracks; First two tracks

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Sat Jun 12 2021
3

I mean, this is a great album. Not all songs are my cup of tea but there is no denying this should be on the list.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
3

Great pop songs at the beginning however the ballads at the end really let the album down..

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

Muy de su tiempo, aparte del tema homónimo apenas me llaman la atención un par de temas. Contextualizado gana bastante.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

A really good pop album but after the opening few tracks (like a prayer and express yourself are absolute classics and the Prince collab really good) it feels a bit like mostly filler and one good ballad. Still enjoyable though.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

Gut zu hören.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

A mildly decent pop album. 7.1/10

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Uživao sam puuuuuno više nego sam očekivao.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Skoro četvorka! Dakle, nisam baš očekivao ovakav album, a i jesam. Ne znam, nisam pametan. Like a Prayer, Till Death Do Us Part, Oh Father, Keep it Together i Pray for Spanish Eyes će biti pjesme kojima vjerujem da ću se vraćat, ali ostale pjesme ne kažem da su loše, ali npr. Promise to Try, Act of Contrition (bezveze) i eventualno Dear Jessie neb si pušto, ovo sve ostalo je vrijedno spomena. Pjesme mogu reći da znaju podosta biti duge, to sam zamjetio. Zainteresiran sam za diskografiju, ako bude još koji album ovdje od nje, rado ću poslušati. Dakle, album je sigurno 3.5/5, ak ne i više, zavisi. Stvarno fali ta polovice zvijezde.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

A classic album, enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Once again, not my style. I know the hits. They're pretty good. I mean, 15 million people can't be wrong? Am I right? The rest. Just not my bag, baby.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Good overall sound, but only 1-2 bangers

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Ok

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Uh huh. It could be worse

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

-General catchy pop, although some of it is slower than I'd expect -I appreciate the use of orchestral instrumentation -"Act of Contrition" is quite cool with the electric guitar, reversed and normal clapping and chanting, and synth stuff, plus the twist on the prayer -"Like A Prayer" is quite catchy and I appreciate the double entendre implied by the vagueness of the lyrics wow that sounded pretentious. I basically mean how you can't tell if she is talking about God or a lover

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

The first two songs are pop music classics and pretty darn good songs. The rest of the album seems mostly like filler to me. Promise to try is a heart felt ballad that is a cut above the rest as is Oh Father, Keep it Together is a nice slice of George Clinton style funk., but it's not enough to raise the album above being a pretty average pop/dance album. 3.5 🌟

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Better than I thought it'd be, still not quite my thing.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Good classic Madonna

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

I know a few tracks off this, if it's all as good as the title track then it will be a total banger. Ok, a lot of filler, but not bad in any real sense. Just mostly forgettable 80s pop. Cherish is the best song by a mile. 3/5.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Opens with one of the best pop songs of all time, but thought it was pretty dull after that, surprised

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Had a good time listening to this. The ending was a bit wild, I liked it. Wasn't so into the slow ones apart from 'promise to try' which really got to me.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

This pop album from Madonna was considered a turning point in her career. She no longer made simple pop songs, and actually wanted to be creative with revealing more about herself as well as experimenting with different musical styles. Almost all of the singles from this album charted in the top 5 and the album was extremely popular as well as controversial for years to come. Probably one of Madonna's best albums and it's easy to jam/dance to. Unfortunately pop is not a favorite genre of mine.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Some brilliant pop songs and some are still stuck in my head 3 days later. Cherish, like a prayer, dear Jessie.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Some nice 80’s grooves and bangers here and can see how Gaga has completely ripped off Madonna. Not going to add anything here to my playlists but you might catch me singing along if some of these come on the radio.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
3

Some killer and some filler…. Doesn’t hit all way through unfortunately!

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Tue Aug 10 2021
3

har en banger, resten har en hög lägsta-nivå

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Actually way better than what I expected and way better than the other album from her I had to rate before.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

There are some enjoyable pop tracks in here, and some small gems (pray for spanish eyes), but there's just a lot that seems just "ok" and pretty forgettable. Still nicely varied.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

You know, I grew up right in the middle of the whole Madonna thing, and was decidedly not a fan. But I'm actually looking forward to listening to some Madonna albums on here. Maybe hearing her 30 years on will give me a different perspective on her music. Madonna's vocals are solid on Like a Prayer. She's not the best vocalist by a long shot, but her personality shines through even the duller tracks and the production goes a long way to making for some interesting pop songs. There are some genuinely lovely arrangements and I like the use of strings. Another thing I've got to say is that they had a good sense of flow from song to song and also just how much of a song is enough. There isn't really a song on here that I would call overly long or overdone. That's a skill right there that a lot of artists/ producers never learn. The album starts strong, really strong, with the title track. You can't deny that "Like a Prayer" is a pretty perfect pop song, one of her best. I can't say the same for the second big hit of the album, "Express Yourself." Sorry Madge, I was bored by that song the first time around and I'm not feeling any differently about it now. Songs like "Cherish" and "Dear Jessie" are just way too lovey dovey and sweet for my taste. I did not know this "Love Song" with Prince was a thing that existed, and I'm excited to find it today. It's way more a Prince song than a Madonna song though, and it's really wonderful. It's possibly my favorite song on here, although I still think "Like a Prayer" is the superior Madonna song. I am also amused to no end that they chose to end the whole thing with "Act of Contrition," which also has Prince's fingerprints all over it (and some pretty blistering guitar work, also by Prince). What an odd choice, but I liked it. Fave songs: Like a Prayer, Love Song, Keep It Together, Oh Father

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

Found this album very generic pop music, expected a bit more uniqueness from an album of a music legend

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

well, this happened. i wasn't particularly looking forward to it, honestly, and i guess i'm glad it's done with. her music occupies a complicated place for me - on the one hand, i was born to kinda hate it. on the other hand, in the late 90s, that became a lot harder to do all of a sudden. i assumed at the time that i'd been hit on the head and just didn't remember it. anyway, in the late 80s, the music was a lot less my speed - though Oh Father is an interesting preview of what was to come later on. that interesting chord progression in the chorus is fun, and the sheer power of her voice really comes through there in a way it doesn't on, say, the title track. (by the way, i strongly recommend looking up the cover by Bigod 20 of Like a Prayer - it's just do deliciously unexpected.)

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Pop music is infinitely more interesting to me when live drums are involved

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

i liked it I love your songs and I thought it was fine but it wasn’t anything extraordinary

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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

Great start, flame quickly extinguished from there.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Some classics on here—interesting to listen to Madonna’s voice for a whole album. It’s strangely distinct—nothing spectacular. She has charisma though.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Very good!

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

Certainly some pop bangers here, though decades along it's evident that Madonna is not such a strong singer. Some of the more ballady fare is pretty forgettable.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Well, to listen to the entire album was an act of discipline. With a few exceptions, the whole thing sounds like nondescript 80s pop, which maybe is a sign at how successful it was/is? Anyway, I would not choose to listen to this album.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

very much 80s in a time capsule - fun but also quite a bit of filler between the obvious hits

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