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Like a Prayer

MadonnaAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Like A Prayer 5:40$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Express Yourself 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Love Song (Album Vesion) 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Till Death Do Us Part 5:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Promise To Try (Album Vesion) 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Cherish 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dear Jessie (Album Vesion) 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Oh Father 4:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Pray For Spanish Eyes 5:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Act Of Contrition 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002LGQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,642 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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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Tacky Little Dance Band" Hits The Big Time February 16, 2004
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The B-52's began life as a self-described "tacky little dance band" out of 1970s Athens, Georgia--and they sounded like musical refugees from a Twilight Zone episode that Rod Serling thought better of. But the band touched a techno-nerve, and before too long they had a record deal and a cult single ("Rock Lobster") that actually made the charts. But for all their fame, The B-52's very glitchy sound never had much in the way of airplay, much less big-time sales... until the release of COSMIC THING.

COSMIC THING spawned two major singles. The first one to hit--and the one that remains most durable--is "Love Shack," a truly bizarre but extremely infectious mix of funky rhythm and catchy melody dominated by Fred Schneider's ultra-silly, ultra-clever pseudo-rap--the song was and is a tremendous amount of fun, and while it lacks the truly weird edge of earlier B-52's cuts it remains one of the best dance party cuts I've ever come across, something that will get you on your feet faster than you can say "Bang Bang." The second hit, "Roam," was more specifically pop--but pop with a B-52's twist: a covertly sexy lyric and Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson blasting out unexpected harmonies from beneath their dueling beehive hairdos.

But COSMIC THING has more to offer than just these two cuts: everything here is extremely well done. The downbeat "Dry Country" has a seductive swing to it; "Deadbeat Club" is super smooth; "Topaz" is a remarkable little thing, sweet and sour all at once; and the largely non-vocal "Follow Your Bliss" wraps up the set on an unexpected but effective note.
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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to, wait, scratch that June 27, 2000
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In 1989, the B's suddenly returned with a completely new image, revitalized and full of a bunch of Nile Rodgers/Don Was-produced dancepop. And hey, despite the obvious cries of "sellout!" that are perfectly deserved, this is still a very good album. It's most heavily remembered for the hit "Love Shack," which is an infectious song that suffers a bit from constant overplay and an overlong running time (it doesn't need that "bang bang" part at the end at all), as well as the gorgeous, solid pop song "Roam"("Boooy Mercury, cruisin' throoough every degreeeee"). For the most part, the songs on here are very well-written in spite of their slickness ("Bushfire," "Channel Z," "Deadbeat Club"), the only real gripes being the kind-of-dull studio creation "Dry County" and the fact that on the catchy title track the band tries to mix a political message ("Don't let it rest on the president's desk!") next to lyrics like "SHAKE YOUR HONEY BUNS!" Still, overall, an album well worth buying and one of the better releases to come out in the overproduced year of 1989.
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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 I so needed this CD
I have missed my old cassette tape of Cosmic Thing, and was so wanting to listen to the entire album.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by cindy aase
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MUSIC, OUTSTANDING
Published 1 month ago by BRYANT
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't understand the criticism of this album
This is the most melodic, hardest-rocking album ever made by the B-52s. Some fans think it's "slick" or "overproduced". Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Burch
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD!
I really love this CD, because it has a great selection of B-52's music. The package came on time, as I need it for a party this weekend in excellent condition.
Published 1 month ago by Corwin Marbly Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars ah...dem memories from 1989
Used to always jam this in my car back in '89 (along with the Slaughter cassette) This is probably the third best album by them (self titled debut and 2nd album Wild Planet are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by robb sososikwitit
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 3 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 4 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 5 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 5 months ago by Rebecca Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite B-52's album.
This is my favorite out of all their albums, although I love them all. This album brings me on a journey through my emotions, and reminds me to enjoy life. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sean LeMay
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