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Three subsequent singles were released and made the Top 5. "Material Girl" became an anthem of sort. The video may have featured an actress spurning the advances of a wealthy lothario in favor of a poor, truck-driving Keith Carradine, but the message of the song suggested the opposite - Madonna proudly proclaimed her love of fame and power. The song helped make Madonna the Marilyn Monroe of the 80s, and gave her the dreaded nickname she tried vainly to abandon for many years. The third single was a bit of a surprise to me - "Angel." It's a beautiful song, but not as catchy or immediate as a number of other songs on the CD. It peaked at #5. "Dress You Up" was the final release, making it to #5. Shockingly, the song was included in the "Filthy Fifteen" published by Tipper Gore's Parent Music Resource Center, presumably for the rather tame reference to "velvet kisses.Read more ›
Her risque performance of the title track on the MTV awards show heightened anticipation for the album and the clever video for MATERIAL GIRL (a song with a strong opening drum beat & bass backing) helped cement her place as an icon.
I've found though that my favorite tracks are the ones that Madonna co-wrote or wrote by herself:
SHOO BEE-DOO - ballad that begins with a sweet acoustic vocal from Madonna and kicks into a doo-wopish sound; I can't hear this track enough even to this day;
OVER & OVER - love the lyrics of this song "and if at first you don't succeed, here's some advice that you should heed - you get up again, over & over..."
ANGEL - whispery vocals on this mid-tempo track
I also give Madonna props for taking on a classic r&b track, LOVE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE - she really sings her heart out and although not as good as the original, she surely made it her own
The only song that I really don't like is PRETENDER and while STAY is ok, I just don't like it as much as I love tracks 1 - 7. Just as with her debut, listening to this album transports me back to a happier time in my life and I can't help but smile as I reminisce while listening to the music.
Both "Material Girl" and "Like A Virgin" were written for Madonna by outside songwriters, a practice she would forever escape starting with her next full-length effort. Take these hits for what they are - a move just as calculated as Madonna's wardrobe. In fact, a team that was also writing for Cyndi Lauper, who was Madonna's prime competition at the time, penned one of the two.
It was "Like A Virgin" that launched Madonna into the stratosphere after she performed it as a slutty wedding-day centerpiece on the MTV Music Video Awards, wisely escaping before the cake was cut only to wind up writhing around on the stage in a wedding dress and famous "boy toy" belt. However, the massive single that it often obscures is the much-less squeaky "Dress You Up," whose delivery defuses accusations that Madonna wasn't much of a singer. Here she is desperate, insisting that she will dress you in her love at the top of her lungs. You are inclined to believe her.
Also, feel free to ignore the weird dancehall bounce and edgy synthesizers of "Material Girl," which don't have much of an effect on the rest of the proceedings.Read more ›
1. Material Girl- One of her signature songs. Also one of her catchiest, even if it's quintissential 80's A
2. Angel- A nice song. Kinda dumb, but great music and singing. B+
3. Like A Virgin- THE signature song. It is always really fun to listen to, and has the point that even Britney's first didn't. A
4. Over And Over- My favorite song on the album. Definitely made for the clubs, and one you can't help but dance to. A+
5. Love Don't Live Her Anymore- Not a song many Madonna fans will like, but I love it. Her vocals are the best on this song, and a very soulful take. A-
6. Dress You Up- A little too dumb, but other than that, it is flawless. B
7. Shoo-Be-Do- Perhaps the worst song, even though it's still very nice, and easy to relax to. B-
8. Pretender- It's a very good song, but extremely forgettable. My least favorite song. C
9. Stay- A great way to end the album. The chorus will be in your mind long after the song has stopped playing. A-
This is THE Madonna album to have. If you don't know which album to get first, get this one.
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The cd is perfect! It's dated from 1984!!!! Thank you very much! I'd definitely recommend this seller!!!!Published 10 days ago by ANNA
It's not my favorite Madonna album, but a great sugar pop album.Published 24 days ago by Jesus A. Reyes
I love this album, this helped to identify what makes a star! Marketing at it's finest, Madonna has withstood the test of time and continues to dominate and amaze.Published 1 month ago by Steven Hughes
The album that brought Madonna out from the clubs of New York City and got her touring full time (along with the Beastie Boys who opened for her). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel Medina
I bought "like a virgin" when it originally came out and really liked it. It's long since disappeared and I only remembered a few of the songs on this album but I really... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
a superb follow up to her debut album-the title track is a fantastic song-very energetic and Shoo-Bee-Doo i think is a very underrated song-a delicious melody indeed.Published 3 months ago by beatle5