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Cosmic Thing [Import]

B-52's Audio CD
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Nirvana made a lot of things irrelevant when Nevermind was released in 1991, and among the most unfortunate casualties caught inside the blast radius were the B-52's. Just two years previously they had released their very first mainstream breakthrough album, Cosmic Thing. This album was featherweight, sun- kissed, playfully pansexual and, most importantly, danceable. Tracks like "Love Shack" and "Roam" reminded us there could be fun without responsibility. Alternately kitschy and lazy (some still insist that "Deadbeat Club" was a slacker anthem long before Beck's "Loser"), Cosmic Thing took the B-52's signature Trekkie-camp sensibility and slowed it down just enough to click on MTV and portable radio wonderfully. And let's be honest, anyway: would you rather road-trip to Kurt's sad refrain of "Well, whatever, nevermind" or Fred Schneider belting out "The whole shack shimmies!!" at the top of his lungs? (On second thought, don't answer that.) --Todd Levin

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not even a bronze Dec 28 2012
By Seeker
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Silver series Mobile Fidelity I still don't get it. This album is dynamic but is so cold I can't enjoy it the low end is none existent and takes all the fun out of the album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just The same May 4 2012
By Seeker
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
I Don't know who Jason is but probably a false review since the same posting is on all the Madonna Re-releases. I was dubious from the outset on these since they were re-issues not remastered. So anyway it sounds very close to the original copy I have so unless you need a new copy to be quieter than your original release there is no improvement to the original copy. There still is a lack of bass and no improvement on dynamic range therefor I will not be purchasing any other Madonna re-releases until they are remastered because they are great records only mastered bright like most music issued in the 80's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diluted But Still Tangy Enough to Enjoy July 15 2010
Format:Audio CD
If "The B-52's" and "Wild Planet" were the keg parties, then "Cosmic Thing" is the 10-year college reunion: Great to see old friends again, but everyone's a grown-up now and conducts themselves with a better sense of decorum.

That's not to say "Cosmic Thing" isn't a good time, it's just not as weird, wild and wonderful as the music The B's were making at the start of the decade.

Wisely, the band chose the title track to kick off the album. A great party-sounding track, "Cosmic Thing" is an infectious upbeat groove where the drummer sounds like he's doing his thing using three sets of drumsticks. I think I detected a zither on this song as well. For sheer exuberance, this one surpasses even "Love Shack".

"Dry County" is a little more laid-back and reminds me a little of Scissor Sisters. The harmonies of Kate and Cindy really shine on this one as they back up Fred, who seems mellow here, fitting the song's lyrics.

There is nothing extraordinary musically about "Deadbeat Club", but the vocals make this one as good as it is. As the song opens, Cindy sounds like she's singing with a great big smile on her face. Kate soon joins her and their voices together can lift anyone's spirits.

The biggest hit the B's ever had was "Love Shack" (#3 on Billboard). Anyone who hasn't heard this song must have been living in a cave for the past 20 years. As far as party tunes go, "Shack" is to Gen X what "Louie, Louie" was to Baby Boomers. The song was featured in a memorable "Queer as Folk" sequence in 2002, and contains Cindy Wilson's famous line "Tin roof...RUSTED". The version that appears here is slightly longer than the radio edit. Though not my favorite song of theirs by a long shot, I can understand it's universal appeal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic to have! June 29 2008
By Martine
Format:Audio CD
I am a Madonna fan to the core! This album is a collection piece. There are too many good songs to enjoy! You do not have to be a Madonna fan to get "like a prayer". You will anjoy as this one is timeless!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna is Definitely Like A Prayer June 2 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that established Madonna as a serious artist. She stopped dying her hair blond, and with that more serious brunette image, made a controversial and religious album. An fact often overlooked is that this is not only her most religious album, it is also one of her best.

Album Cover: 2.5/5
The album cover features Madonna's bellybutton, with a great logo. For some reason, I don't really like it, even though I love Madonna's bellybutton. But the logo is surely her best.

1. Like A Prayer: 5/5
This song is Madonna's most religious, and features some soulful choir in the background that added to this song's religious tinge. This is a fan's favourite, and the melody is enough to guarantee that. This was credited with being Madonna's first song to feature a guitar in years. The lyrics are up to the standards of "Ray Of Light", and the melody is sweet, yet serious enough to make this one of the best-selling song of the 1980's.

2. Express Yourself: 5/5
This is Madonna's best self-power anthem. Its strong vocals and bouncy beats makes this one of the best dance songs on this record.

3. Love Song: 4/5
Although lots of people don't like this Prince duet, I actually enjoyed it. It fit with the rest of the record, yet it is different enough to be interesting. The interesting choice of instruments and layout only added to its charm.

4. Till Death Do Us Part: 4/5
This song is filled with hate and vengeance, yet it is also filled with love and sadness. It tells of Sean Penn and Madonna's marriage at the time, and they soon divorced. Its electronic beats and Madonna's non-feeling voice somehow made this song work, and the same thing happened with Rihanna for "Umbrella".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Her best album Oct. 31 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is the crowning achievement in Madonna's career. There was a lot of controversy surrounding this album, particularly in relation to the videos for Like A Prayer and Express Yourself (which happens to be one of the best videos ever made). This controversy never hurts sales, and Madonna shrewdly used this fact to her advantage on more than one occasion.

All the publicity surrounding the videos didn't hurt album sales, but this album would have sold truckloads of copies anyway, because the songs themselves are phenomenal. Like A Prayer has more than just the great video going for it. The song is amazing. Express Yourself is one of the best dance tunes ever written, and you can just picture her writhing on the floor with chains wrapped around her neck when listening to it. Cherish is a delightfully light-hearted and feel-good tune. Other notable tracks on this album are the incredible Oh Father (the best song on the album), the stunning Spanish Eyes, and Promise To Try.

If you don't own a Madonna album (and if you don't, shame on you) and want to try one, this would be the one to try. Ray of Light and True Blue are also highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like a piece of art!
I think this is her most artistic album to date. She really proved that she was a true artist with this album and not just a pop tart, and probably shut a lot of people up in the... Read more
Published on July 22 2012 by ANDROIDtyler
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of Rediscovery
It's been over twenty years since I've listened to Madonna's "Like a Prayer" album and I've always been baffled by those who regarded it as one of her best works. Read more
Published on April 7 2012 by Kasey G
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome
like a prayer is one of madonna's best songs ever. actyually it probably is my favorite one from her. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2005 by Gimpster
5.0 out of 5 stars A Defining Moment
A favorite of Madonna fans, Like A Prayer is arguably Madonna at her very best. So many factors contribute to this rather grand statement, least of which is the music. Read more
Published on July 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Hit!
This album features the B-52's biggest hit ever,LOVE SHACK. The video is quite awesome also. The song was even heard in the 1991 Paramount film FRANKIE & JOHNNY. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by andy8047
3.0 out of 5 stars a last gasp
not bad for a belated "comeback". the bees hadn't yet sold their souls to the flintstones, so all was not yet lost. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Davy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Shack Overplayed But Album Quality Can't be Overstated
"Love Shack" is the one song from this album that you probably can name without any hesitation. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Reviewer
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