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.
'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.
Never listened to this whole record before. Not gonna lie, it POPS
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
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.
I knew 3 songs off this album. Thought I might find some hidden gems. Nope! 3 great songs and the rest were complete duds.
Every one of these songs are about 2 minutes too long. Record was fine but I don’t see myself playing this one again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Rubbish. Other than the first song which is obviously amazing
I'm at Cherish and I think it maybe the first album that I stop early. Why did this make the list? 2/5
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.
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.
Erm. 1 or 2? 😂Yeh 1. Just nothin decent about it. Sounds like some pop producer paid a young girl to sing like Prince.
Not for me.
Love this album
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.
Even though a couple of songs on this album are dated, there isn’t a bad song on the entire album. All are amazing.
Madonna’s masterpiece. Perfect pop music. Like A Prayer is one of the best songs of the decade.
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....
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.
Such earwigs. Good earwigs.
Мадонна! Тут практически без слов. Отличный альбом для того времени и сейчас тоже было приятно слушать. Провокативный, революционный, как и сама Мадонна собсна
Madonna is one of my all-time favorite artists.
Fantastic from start to finish
Spicy spicy Madonna is sexy and fun!!
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
jæja no offense en þetta er fimma, þetta er insane fokkin plata jeeesus christ banger eftir banger
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.
Can't beat a bit of Madge.
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).
Heck yeah. This is some good music. Didn't realize Prince was so involved either. Favorite tracks: Like a Prayer, Oh Father, Express Yourself
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
excellent pop album
I've never cared for Madonna, but this album was pretty good. Classic 80s pop.
Classic...no wonder she's a star.
A Valerie classic
Loved Madonna and the shock value she brought. The true queen
classic. overplayed. inoffensive
Perfect pop - contains some of her greatest tracks, very little anyone could class as throwaway.
An amazing pop album with so many hits it's unreal. An artist at the top of her game.
The pleasing pop album with a good-hearing voice and fast and lively music.
64. Donna Summer; 82. Madonna
A classic, still a great album
Some would call it a classic, v depends on your mood
Really enjoyed this album. Clever lyrics and beautifully crafted songs.
Very pretty songs, marvelous hits
it was sooo good! Some songs were just so long! (I wanted to give it a 4.5)
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.
Enjoyed that - I know the Madonna hits and a few others. Was fun listening to a proper album
Better than I thought
Is it gay to like Madonna? Yes! Did I like it? Yes!
One masterpiece, some good singles, but better than I remembered.
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.
A great window onto a very particular kind of intricate pop arrangement and production
A great piece of pop that has stood the test of time well.
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!
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.
Banger after banger
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.
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
Not my cup of Yerba mate but understand the time and place (and now) appeal. Pop queen.
Nice throwback to the 80's with Prince influences.
I see warum die Leute das so hypen! Kein Riesen-Fan von 80er-Pop-Mix, aber die Songkonzepte und das Writing ist richtig cool
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
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
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"
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).
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
Smooth, competent pop. The second half of the album is much better than the first.
A fantastic album, accented by contributors like Prince that just really took it over the top. Madonna at peak Madonna
Cherish is the highlight here
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apparently, I need to up my 4-game.
Meer van genoten dan ik verwachtte
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
6/16 Some great pop. Standout Tracks: Till Death Do Us Part, Pray for Spanish Eyes
Not bad, but kinda boring and felt way too long.
Some good songs but overall I the rest of the album was fine
Surprised I didn't like it more. Sounds like they had a lot of fun with the MIDI, though!
solid pop but not a ton really connected with me
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.
some good pop. i mean its madonna what else can you expect?
Fun, but a lil too poppy.
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!
j'aime sa musique a l'occasion soit en auto a la radio mais je n'acheterais pas son produit
Some amazing tracks on here. Singles are all great as is the song with prince.
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
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.
Great pop songs at the beginning however the ballads at the end really let the album down..
Muy de su tiempo, aparte del tema homónimo apenas me llaman la atención un par de temas. Contextualizado gana bastante.
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.
Gut zu hören.
A mildly decent pop album. 7.1/10
Uživao sam puuuuuno više nego sam očekivao.
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.
A classic album, enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
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.
Good overall sound, but only 1-2 bangers
Uh huh. It could be worse
-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
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 🌟
Better than I thought it'd be, still not quite my thing.
Good classic Madonna
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.
Opens with one of the best pop songs of all time, but thought it was pretty dull after that, surprised
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.
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.
Some brilliant pop songs and some are still stuck in my head 3 days later. Cherish, like a prayer, dear Jessie.
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.
Some killer and some filler…. Doesn’t hit all way through unfortunately!
har en banger, resten har en hög lägsta-nivå
Actually way better than what I expected and way better than the other album from her I had to rate before.
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.
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
Found this album very generic pop music, expected a bit more uniqueness from an album of a music legend
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.)
Pop music is infinitely more interesting to me when live drums are involved
i liked it I love your songs and I thought it was fine but it wasn’t anything extraordinary
Great start, flame quickly extinguished from there.
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.
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.
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.
very much 80s in a time capsule - fun but also quite a bit of filler between the obvious hits
I have this one on vinyl. Like a prayer is one recording for the ages. That production is just amazing, those choruses, those instrumentals I mean damn! And then there is the rest of the album that is just filler for that one track.
It was ok. I'm sure for it's time it was innovative but by today's standards, very mundane. I'm also not a massive Madonna fan
Was going to give this higher as I do enjoy Madonna's perfect pop, however outside of the big tunes this is very forgettable.
Really enjoyed Till Death Do Us Part
This album probably started 90ies Pop.
Good if you like that stuff
This was my first time hearing a Madonna project on purpose. I've never been a huge pop fan, but as always, I went into this album open minded. I did recognize a couple songs, which I actually enjoyed. There's a reason she's so successful and this album proves that. While I didn't care for a majority of these tracks, they were still solid pop songs. I just don't really care for this type of music. I liked it more than I was expecting, though.
Oh Father was echt een topnummer
Fun, soke famous bits
Un album qui n'a pas su me convaincre, pour moi tu ne mérites pas de continuer l'aventure. Mais c'est au public de voter aujourd'hui, si vous souhaitez voir Madonna rejoindre Baltard tapez 2 sous la review de l'album Music de Madonna.
Un album assez sympatoche dont l'unique thème est le nombril de la chanteuse. Sur la pochette, celui-ci est en effet partiellement caché sous le nom de l'artiste. Madonna nous apprendra à la fin du projet que, d'après RTL, le nombril est un vrai nid à microbes et qu'il ne faut pas le négliger.
“A brilliant, thoughtful, startling and joyful example of popular music"
One of the landmark statements in 1980s pop, "Like A Prayer" holds up in places, but is remarkably inconsistent. While the highs are often dazzling, the lows really drag it down. "Like A Prayer" is a great song, from the tension built up in the intro and verses through to the explosion of light in the chorus. It's an effective exercise in build-and-release, with a tight arrangement, and the backing vocalists are the icing on the cake. "Express Yourself" and "Cherish" are also two very enjoyable slices of pop: they take different approaches to being hit singles (one anthemic swagger, the other cutesy doo-wop), but both share a lovingly retro style and ooze the kind of self-assurance at a pop artist at her peak. "Dear Jessie" is the album's surprise gem, a gentle foray into psychedelia that calls to mind Prince's "Around the World in a Day" period. Elsewhere though, the album didn't hit the way I'd expect a multi-platinum to. "Love Song" disappointed me- a duet between Madonna and Prince could have been brilliant, but it feels limp and shapeless, with all the purpose of a demo recording. Then there are the rest of the ballads, weighing down the second side in particular. Madonna certainly isn't the strongest of vocalists, which doesn't bother me for most of the run-time. It becomes more of an issue when "Like a Prayer" leans into stripped back power ballads, songs that seem to rely on vocals more than energy. It's the reason why "Promise to Try" doesn't quite land- for many singers, it could be a perfect showcase, but Madonna is restricted to limited range and expression and it never quite takes off. The other ballads have a similar issue, as well as just dragging the energy of the album down: both "Oh Father" and "Pray for Spanish Eyes" have decent lyrics and sentiment, but they feel bloated and heavy-handed. So while I really enjoyed parts of this album, on balance it's just too inconsistent (frustratingly so) for me to give it anything above a 3*. Those singles still mostly rock though.
It's ok I guess. Not really my thing, but Madonna does her thing decently. A couple of songs sound like she was trying to sound like Prince. Some of the songs are pretty good, some are pretty mediocre. 2.5 stars, rounding up to 3.
Meh, idk, she's talented but I really couldn't care less.
3.3 - Meh-donna. Obviously this one’s got her smash hits, “Like a Prayer”, “Express Yourself” and “Cherish”, so my main question coming into this was whether the album works as a whole. To say nothing about its commercial success, as an album I’d say it’s “good enough.” At least there aren’t any gratuitous remixes or covers. The deeper cuts sometimes work but mostly don’t. I was pleasantly surprised to hear Prince on “Love Song” - a nice midtempo jam. “Promise to Try”, “Dear Jessie” and “Oh Father” are real stinkers - saccharine and utterly forgettable.
Love most of the singles off this album but I found most of the other tracks to be less well-developed and produced. Still, a good album overall. 3.5/5 stars
It's Madonna. Good for what it was at the time, but nothing particularly mindblowing. Has a bit of the "Seinfeld effect" where it was so original and genre-defining at the time, that now it feels 'hacky' and 'derivative' of all the things that came after it.
Fun in places Like the start of act do arrition
No es el mejor álbum de Madonna, aunque si fue muy importante y tiene canciones que merecen más reconocimiento
Of course I've heard Madonna songs before, but I'd never listened through an album before. I'd say I came out of this presently surprised, the overall production on this record was pretty enjoyable. And of course Madonna can sing, so there's great vocals throughout. While it's not my usual listening style, I can appreciate it.
Pretty fun stuff, Like A Prayer is a bop. Otherwise, quite standard 80s pop it seems to me, idk.
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 🌟
I didn't like it as well as the other Madonna album. Okay.
There's no doubt that there are a few great tracks on this album. But there are also a good few that just don't do it for me.
Some pretty classic Madge here
I was excited by this album showing up in our selections. I never listen to Madonna, so this was a great prompt to do so. The title track and other 2 singles are amazing. Cherish is a favourite.
Good album, but it deviates into generic pop a little too much. Generally, it is all very good. Favorites: "Like A Prayer", "Express Yourself", "Love Song"
Fun nostalgia. Good variety. Surprise epic guitar on the last track lol
Referência do pop do final dos anos 80.
standard mark for one of those albums with a couple of knockout tracks but a chunk of 80s pop filler
Not my favorite album
Three gems in title track, Express Yourself and Cherish. I hadn't heard most of the rest but I liked the Prince duet (might give that a few more spins) and will listen more I think.
Started out strong, what an opening! Banger, classic. Was downhill from there and a little confused towards the end.
I mean, it's base line pop right? Not sure if it's the pop that started it all. There are some bangers on here but nothing that stands out to me as like extremely impressive.
Sounds a little flatly produced these days but there are clearly a lot of classics on here. I don't think Madonna has ever really done it for me
Ah... Madonna is more and more a woman without a man, a woman without feelings, a woman without emotions. Really really pop. Filled with singles (6/10) FT: Like a Prayer
le concept de la dernière chanson est mystérieux mais le reste est entrainant j'imagine
Pas ma coupe de boisson chaude basée sur l'infusion de vegataux séchés, mais quelques bons moments.
Il est vrai que je me suis dandiné.
It was alright, but I liked her earlier stuff a bit better
I forgot that 80s pop, especially Madonna, was so wildly different across the span of just one album.
Very pop queen.
"Like a Prayer" was a famous song, all the radios played this song years ago. Madonna was a star.
There are a couple of good songs. Like A Prayer was good and the best song. Express Yourself was alright. Love Song is with Prince, so it's good. Then the rest are just unmemorable. I didn't hate it. I didn't skip any songs. Better than some albums that have received 3s, not as good as others, but not a 4. Probably won't ever listen to this album again though.
“What I do is total commercialism, but it’s also art.” - Madonna
The hits were bumpin, better than I remember. There were many tunes I had never heard. Neat to see more of Madonna than the hits.
Première écoute de cet album dans son ensemble. Un peu inégal, mais c’est de la grosse pop bien produite. Like A Prayer avec sa chorale est vraiment superbe. Un essentiel dans la discographie de l’artiste.
The title track of this album is an almost perfect slice of late 80s pop. Unfortunately it is miles above anything else on the album. It's a decent listen but I'm not sure it would have been nearly so well thought of without that one track.
I like a lot of Madonna's early work - pretty good pop music from its period with very good production. I don't think this is her best early LP despite a few good cuts on the album. In my view, she goes downhill from here.
It's got a couple of singles, mainly "Like a Prayer" and "Cherish". Aside from Madonna's reputation and legacy, the album is average, in my opinion.
A couple of classic songs but overall just an average album
Genre: Pop 3/5 An album that plays out like any pop album from any decade, past and present, Like a Prayer is pop easy listening, and showcases some of Madonna's best work. The title track, opener, and lead single from this album is an absolute pop knockout punch, with its catchy chorus and flashy synths begging to be played over and over on pop radio. Unforunately for Madonna, beyond some other tracks with some high-octane features and collaborators, this project is truly a run-of-the-mill pop offering. Prince has a song on here, Love Song, and thank god because I friggin' love the guy and had no idea he had a B-side disguised as a Madonna song. It's damn good, but really only when Madonna steps back and the music, as well as the vocal performance from Prince, takes over. But songs like Express Yourself and Oh Father are also pretty darn good songs, showcasing Madonna's emotional range, but the rest, the filler, is truly filler, forgettable and formulaic. All together, an enjoyable album from a decade I'm not a particular fan of, but it's hard not to enjoy Madonna.
The title track remains Madonna's top contribution to popular music and culture. Rest of the album can't match it but puts up a brave fight even so; I think she maybe got better known around this time for her non-musical provocations, but arguably none of those were as perverse as not only following "Dear Jessie" with "Oh Father" but segueing them together...
Solid pop album. The problem is that some of the songs are catchy but go on too long. The title track is a prime example. I'd much rather hear the radio version. Some songs are just okayish to me and don't excite but aren't "trash" either. I give it a 3. It could be a 4 if there was some better editing. It deserves a lost star for that weird ending song too. Not exactly top notch humor...or whatever that was.
Doesn't get more mainstream pop than Madonna. Truly successful and a huge draw to so many listeners. I happen to *not* be one of those, though I can hear and understand the draw. C+
Some great songs.
Starts ok. Becomes a bit much
Title track is genius - as well as ‘Love Song’ - the rest make up one of Madonna’s most complete albums I’ve heard. Prince’s contribution to the album also shine through. Good album.
You would think a Prince duet and a fusing of baroque pop with the overwhelming shine and sheen of 80s pop would make this album a winner, but you'd be wrong. The title track will forever bang, and I like the closer too, but honestly after listening to this, I sympathized with late 80s adolescents, in that I was desperate to listen to some Nirvana.
This one was pretty fun honestly, Like A Prayer was fantastic and then Dear Jessie was an unexpected great but weird track?
influential, not for me
Blown away by how little key modulation happens in the span of this album. The vocals and instrumentation for each track are good, but rarely does a song venture outside the 4-chord/Verse-Chorus structure in the starting key. Overall bland
The first two songs are such bangers, and there's just... filler. Unfortunately, this happens with a lot of pop albums that are vehicles for singles. But man, the quality drops so sharply after track 2, it's insane! As singles, 8/10. As an album? 2/5.
3 bops and a bunch of boring nonsense.
Honnêtement, pas si poche, mais du pop ça vieillit mal je trouve. Ça devient quétaine tellement vite. Ou peut-être que c'était déjà quétaine à l'époque, je sais pas.
Ouff ça vielli mal! La pop démodé a l’os! Écoutez express your self et c’est ça l’odeur de moisi.Même like a virgin c’est passé date le Hit de l’album. Quand je pense à Madonna c’est vraiment pas l’album qui me viens en tête. Elle était vierge, laissez lui le temps de se mettre à l’aise ! Par contre, ça d’écoute plus que ABBA! Je l’évite pray for spanish eyes :( , express yourself, love song Je lévite keep it together
Pierwszy albumik popowy ciezkiej wagi, bo jeszcze w 2k10 przeciez madonne caly czas bylo slychac na mtv i tym podobnych stacjach, gdzie robila hiciory z mlodymi wscieklymi, pieknymi, a albumik z lat 80, a czemu waga ciezka, bo to juz albumiki z ery gdzie na sukces albumu pracuje caly sztab osob, a artystka jest spiewajaca lalka, czasem jednego przeboju, albo tak jak w przypadku madonny marka ktora przez dekady potrafi tworzyc kontent, a co takiego mozna uslyszec w tym wytworze popowej kultury, cos typowego dla lat 80, wiec synteze funku r&b z kultura disko, tematycznie oczywiscie milosci rownie przyjemne tematy, ale bez ekscesow, chociaz taki tytulowy like a prayer z jednej strony gospelowe chorki i piekna milosc, a z drugiej strony zakamuflowane seksy, tak zeby dalo sie to puszczac w radio, dzieki city hunterowi chyba wyrobilem sobie odpornosc na te klimaty i jakos nie mialem problemu przesluchac od poczatku do konca spotifajowej transmisji, troche uczucie deja vu, bo te kawalki gdzies juz pewnie slyszalem, ale pewnie troche ostow filmowych zaliczyly, kawalek ktory najbardziej mi sie spodobal, to utwor najmniej funkowy z calej kompozycji, bo jest to raczej popowa ballada, ktora odcina sie od funowych influencji reszty albumu, a dodatkowo brzmi bardzo prosto i jednoczesnie szczerze, dlatego laduje na plejce
Ouf. Album qui a très mal vieillit. C’est nul à chier. J'ai perdu une heure de mon samedi matin pour Madonna.
Hmmm. Not great. Was maybe one of the first albums I owned - don't remember listening to it a lot them either. I probably just got it for 'Like A Prayer', which is an all-star classic.
Kinda thought I would know more songs on this one. Songs are OK.
Not a huge Madonna fan...this was probably her best work
Helt okej upplevelse. Den ger mig väldigt Madonniga vibbar, det är det här jag hör när jag tänker på Madonna. Men jag rycktes aldrig riktigt med och det kändes lätt att lägga fokus på andra saker när jag lyssnade. Bäst: "Like a prayer"
Overall not bad. Some funkier songs throughout that I found hard to dislike such as the last song. However, at nearly an hour, the album felt a bit too long for me. Overall don’t see this one sticking with me.
I tried, but I just couldn’t complete this homework assignment
The title track is a good one & I also like Express Yourself. Still, the overriding feel is that of a pop album and multi-platinum sales usually come with some pretty syrupy production, which makes the ballads quite unbearable. 5 guitarists? I can’t remember hearing any except for on Act of Contrition – I could have used more of that sound.
This review is not about whether or not I can understand that someone might like this music. This review is whether or not I like this music. I just don't want to listen to Madonna. I was surprised that only three of the tracks were clearly familiar to me. Either way, I could happily avoid hearing more from Madonna. "Oh, please no" was a common thought throughout my listen.
Much worse than expected.
1 good song
I didn’t like a lot of these songs. Even the hits went on too long.
Love the basslines - songs are hit and miss.
I think I’ve always liked the title track to this, even in my early years of disliking anything remotely pop or pop adjacent. But is “Express Yourself” a terrible song or a really terrible song? And is Madonna just not that impressive of a singer? Really, this one’s all about that Prince song. How many good tunes did that dude just give away to lesser talents? It’s insanity.
Not for me, friends. I found this exhausting. 'Oh Father' tipped me over the edge. I'm one of those people who have failed to be charmed by Madonna, and Like A Prayer hasn't done anything to shift my opinion one iota.
Probably one of the most 80's albums I've listened to. MEH album, Like A Prayer is dope, some pretty whatever songs for the rest.
Thought I was going to love this as I am a sucker for a well crafted pop album but it is just a bit shit. Even the hits aren't as good as I remember them.
Hmm can I bring myself to listen to Madonna? I guess I have to. Mostly unmemorable pop songs. If it was wall to wall hits, I'd let her off, but it wasn't. I suppose she does offer some artistic merit, it's not all mindless cheese, but it's just not very interesting. If it was a footballer, it'd be someone who's inexplicably popular, like I don't know...Eden Hazard? Nah, he's just overrated and was wildly inconsistent but, probably still too good...Mario Balotelli! Popular and played for good teams despite his startling lack of talent.
I genuinely feel like my car goes faster and better when I have filled it up with petrol, and that’s how I felt when I got my hair cut this week: I was immediately more confident, I had a swagger in my step and I was ready to go back out into the world with my levels of sexiness restored to their usual intensity. All of that vigour and excitement had evaporated by the time Madonna had finishing squealing on Express Yourself. The rest of the album was an absolute chore too, like wading through a dogshit-filled Toffee Crisp. I could feel my hair physically growing back and my sexual prowess diminishing with every note. Thanks Madonna, you've reduced me to a ball of shame and split ends. My car has also broken down.
Pointy tits and a minge like a kippers snarl. What’s not to like?
The singles are obviously the stand out tracks, but the rest of the album is a little uninspiring.
The title song starts the album off nicely but it turns into a more melancholy pop album that doesn’t return to form of the first song. It was ok and as most pop albums are. 4.2/10
Simply too much pop, but Dear Jessie was nice!
not so good.. only like a prayer is very good
Thanks for reminding me why I started detesting what passed for pop music as of the eighties' end. On the other hand, I detest contemporary pop music even more.
She does have a great voice. Rich tone, variable texture, controlled, but borders on too nasal at times. Not generally a fan of the poppy bouncy style of music or the chanting. Love Song didn't sound good. Mostly pretty depressing lyrics for the happiness of the music. Ironic, but not really in a good way. Exception is Cherish--probably the best song.
It's not for me. I do like some disco, but not feeling this one
My sister used to listen to this album when I was seven. It wasn't for me then and it isn't for me now. Best Tracks: Like a Prayer; Express Yourself; Cherish
Plenty of hits here, and latin rhythms, but it felt like more of the same here from Madge.
First couple of tracks are made thanks to Guy Pratt's bass. The rest of it really is quite poor though - terrible filler.
It was fine, with some good hits but will never play it again!
Aside from the title track and Express yourself, there is no music of any interest here, just vacuous fillers. Prince didn't do his reputation any favours appearing on this album, I'm surprised he allowed it to be released.
The hits are fun. The rest is not.
Did not like her back then, nothing has changed
Mainstream 80’s pop. Ok for parties back then. Boring in retrospect
Albums recommended here are supposed to have an artistic value or the origin for something new that other artists can based on. This have neither. All I heard it was some out of dated pop songs that have low value. The first song must be the one that gave this some kind of temporarily value at the time of release
Ei parhaimmasta päästä, mut meni
Like A Prayer is one of the all time great pop songs. And then… the rest is pretty nothingy.
remembered the hits but many i had never heard. Ok but not a classib
Decent 80s pop, but other than the hits I found it a bit boring
Mag ich nicht!
I can see why it was popular, but I didn’t like it at all. Super pop-y but not in a way that is memorable or pleasing to listen to more than once.
wow, this was so much worse than i expected. classic one hit and a shit load of filler album. the problem is the quality of the filler is piss poor. its like a disney soundtrack for a film about an OAP stuck in the body of a teenager that by some cruel twist ages in a way that will result in a teenager stuck in the body of an OAP. the film is called the chronicles of madge. its a straight to video monstrosity.
I regret wasting my time for this
So produced Jubilant horns Cherish is good It's fine but it's a no.
Never been a fan. I get why teenage girls liked her back in the 80s, but it's not for me. Some of her later stuff is okay, but not this.
I sometimes think I never gave music like this a fair shake in the 80s, because it was popular music and my tastes were different, but, really, this music has nothing for me, I really do not like.
A bold expression of sexuality and freedom who's influences still echoes to this day. Feels like a relic of it's time.
I never took Madonna's music seriously. And after listening to this album... I still don't take her music seriously.
I can deal with some eras of Madonna. This is not one of them.