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Like a Prayer

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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 (227 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,012 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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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna reveals her true depth as an artist August 27, 2002
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Madonna grows up April 14, 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Madonna Guide. February 24, 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Madonna's best work August 15, 2005
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Most of Madonna's very best work is right here. Madonna and Pat Leonard reached the peak of their songwriting partnership with this album, and their work here results in some of Madonna's most stunning material. The gospel-influenced title track (#1 Pop, #3 Adult Contemporary, #1 Dance) puts Madonna on a new level as an artist. She has never been more successful at balancing symbolic social/moral issues with danceable pop as she is here. In fact, the entire album finds Madonna perfecting and expanding upon her trademark sound. There's lots of variety here - the delightful smash "Cherish" (#2 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary) is one the most perfect pop ditties ever, the bubbly "Dear Jessie" paints a surreal and imaginative portrait of the innocent and universal love of children, and the skittering, spousal abuse-themed "Till Death Do Us Part" is almost uncomfortably chilling - and Madonna handles it all with vigor and aplomb.

Perhaps the most affective and surprising moments on LIKE A PRAYER come from the unflinchingly autobiographical elements that form the core of several songs. This is also the album in which Madonna first really showcased her talent as a top-notch lyricist. Particularly effective is "Promise To Try," in which Madonna sings about the effect that losing her mother had on her. This could have easily sounded trite, but Madonna gives the song a unique twist by writing the lyrics to the child she once was, and from a third person perspective. The lovely, passionately-performed "Spanish Eyes" also avoids cliché with a delicate simplicity that is as beautiful as it is haunting. However, the most beautifully shattering track on LIKE A PRAYER is hands down the breathtaking "Oh Father" (#20 Pop).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 16 days ago by Dale Barshewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Prayer-Madonna's Second Detroit Masterpiece!
Like a Prayer ultimately proved beyond a doubt that Madonna became Immortal! In her Detroit voice of art, sadness and confession, five concertos written with Patrick Leonard stand... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Leo Rauh
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MUSIC, OUTSTANDING
THIS IS SOME OF MADONNA'S GREATEST COLLECTION OF SONGS, SHE REALLY DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB ON THIS CD, ABOUT A COUPLE DECADES AGO, I READ THE EVES OF THE DRAGON, BY THE GREAT... Read more
Published 2 months ago by BRYANT
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
this was my second copy of this CD played the last one to death, one of her best albums love it
Published 4 months ago by Christopher Still
5.0 out of 5 stars 1989
This was a tumultuous year marked by an album that echoed some of the trials and tribulations of that year for me.
Published 5 months ago by Mel B
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not like it used to be...
I know most readers here will think I'm too anal about picking on small details but I must say that the reason why we buy vinyl records nowadays is that we have the memory of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nerrian
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna fan
This was the first record I remember listening to when my mom played her music. I'm an early 80's child and Madonna (and especially this record) is my earliest, musical memory. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rebecca Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars Controversy!!!
The music stands the test of time. This was a major change for Madonna as she was evolving from a "poppy" artist to (attempting to) be taken more seriously. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Aparato SuperSonico
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna's Journey Into Musical Artistry Begins
This is the album that started it all. Before Like A Prayer's release, Madonna was known as a sweet-voiced singer with catchy but shocking pop tunes and controversial videos. Read more
Published 10 months ago by kthelibra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
In my opinion, this is the best CD Madonna has ever put out. Every song is a good one! Well worth the money.
Published 13 months ago by Rick
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