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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002LGQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Considered by many to be the Material Girl's most mature effort of the '80s, Like a Prayer upped the ante of controversy with its gospel-infused title track and the singer's emotional confessions throughout. It also unveiled the hit "Express Yourself," which ushered in the era of Madonna as a "stainless steel sexual icon." Musically, Prayer showcased her burgeoning songwriting prowess, with the beautiful "Oh Father" and the perky pop of "Cherish." Besides a throw-away collaboration with Prince ("This Is Not a Love Song"), the CD stands as one of her strongest works, eschewing the strong dance beat influences from her past--she saved that for the remixes--and concentrating instead on melody and structure. Like a Prayer also gave a hint of things to come with the delightful "Dear Jessie" displaying a maternal side worthy of her name. --Steve Gdula

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This is definitely one of Madonna's best albums.
Dance Floor Junkie
Madonna's "Like A Prayer" album was one of the very best records of the 80's and certainly the very best record Madonna has ever released up to that point.
JGC
I loved earlier Madonna efforts, but "Like A Prayer" is the singers best song.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Like a Prayer could very well be Madonna's most important album; marked by maturity, honest emotional content, superior musical form and style, and overall quality, it is a remarkable achievement by an artist whose earliest work was dismissed by some as throwaway pop. Perhaps no other album I own starts off as strongly as this one. Like a Prayer and Express Yourself make one heck of a one-two punch. This is the Madonna I like the most--brave, strong, unafraid of controversy, and willing and able to rock your world. Personally, I found the controversy over Like a Prayer and its video to be quite overblown, but it certainly did nothing to hurt album sales. The gospel background vocals gives the song a powerful, full sound that only reinforces the driving beat and mass appeal of the song. Express Yourself is a Madonna statement song--Madonna knows all about expressing herself, and the song does inspire you to be yourself and let others know what you are thinking.
Love Song is a song I can take or leave. At the time, Prince and Madonna were pretty much the king and queen of pop music, and it was really something to hear them team up on a duet. Unfortunately, the song has little substance, and Prince overplays his peculiar, distinctive voice and style. Till Death Do Us Part is, in my opinion, the best song on the album. It has meaningful, important lyrics, yet its tempo makes you tap or sway along with the music; it almost moves too quickly, achieving a perfectly vibrant, energetic pace, and the chorus is just wonderful. Promise to Try is a slower song with beautiful lyrics and a graceful sound, offering yet more proof that Madonna is a real singer with great vocal skills.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Johny Bottom on April 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
First of all I'm not a Madonna fan. When this album came out in 89, me and my buds were all hardcore headbanging maniacs. If anyone even knew I had this album, my life might have been over. Why did I buy it? 1989 was a crazy year for me, (left home on bad terms, bitter/sweet first love relationship, experimentation). Anywho when I first heard the song Cherish, I said to myself 'Wow wouldn't it be great to have someone feel that way about me? Then I heard Oh Father, and I had to break down and buy the record. It's not my kind of music, but it really struck me, and I still listen to it now and then (Hey I still headbang too! ) It's very listenable, I espescially like 'Act of Contrition'. The only dive nose tune is the godawful duet she does with Prince. It's so terrible my finger is on the FF button before it even starts. If not for that one tune, I would have given it five stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
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I honestly believe this is music at its finest. It seems rare that a "pop star" would have the sensibility to write songs of this caliber, but it is truly phenomenal. Even if you hate Madonna, this album could have you doubting those feelings.
The title track is a tumultuous event that stuns and soars with its charging guitars and soulful gospel roots. "Express Yourself" is definitely the anthem for anyone lacking in the self-respect department. "Love Song," the Prince collaberation, has been ravaged by many reviewers but it does have a certain languid appeal that grows over time.
Much of the album is dark and serious, almost mournful. The Catholic vibe is strong here as feelings of possible guilt and regret permeate the frenetic "Till Death Do Us Part" and the Latin lament, "Spanish Eyes."
But as always with Madonna there is a bright side..."Cherish" and "Dear Jessie" are straight from the musical candy store. The former is the epitome of a warm summer love song and the latter is a lullabye about the magic and power of childhood imagination. "Dear Jessie" was the song that struck a target in my heart. If you have children, you will understand.
Despite the grief and yearning of "Oh Father," the song is actually quite uplifting, especially in the chorus. It spins the moral of escaping the cycle of blaming oneself for the emotional (and possible physical) violence inflicted in relationships.
Madonna also doesn't forget her famous sense of ironic humor. In "Act of Contrition," which has some serious kick-ass guitar playing, she recites the ancient Catholic mantra to a backwards play of the "Like A Prayer" track. The song ends abruptly and almost violently bringing an unexpected end to a heavenly experience.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on February 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Madonna has 7 full length studio albums out there, which one to buy first? Well, they're all great discs, excluding the dated and naive debut. While Like A Virgin and Ray Of Light are definite contenders, I always like it when an artist takes a risk. Madonna did just that in 1989 with Like a Prayer and then did it again in 1992 with Erotica. However, Like a Prayer is tighter, more cohesive than Erotica. Like a Prayer is the first time Madonna expressed deeper emotion in her lyrics, and it was the first time her music was no longer Spice Girlish. Songs about religion, death, divorce, camraderie, childhood, love and self-respect fill this wonderful disc. It's true, as the people before me have attested: There is not a note wasted on this cd, all the tracks are great. Sure, the duet between Prince and Madonna could have been left off, but it adds more flavor to the cd's rich well of songs. It's worth the money to have this in your music collection.
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