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  • Audio CD (March 20 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B000002LGQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Like A Prayer
2. Express Yourself
3. Love Song
4. Till Death Do Us Part
5. Promise To Try
6. Cherish
7. Dear Jessie
8. Oh Father
9. Keep It Together
10. Spanish Eyes
11. Act Of Contrition

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Considered by many to be the Material Girl's most mature effort of the 1980s, 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 album 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 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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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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By A Customer on July 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
It's interesting to look at this album in retrospect. It was an interesting period for Madonna. In many ways, this was the last time we would see the Madonna that so many people fell in love with during her pop reign of the 80's. While the album contains several songs that are so associated with the material girl, only Like A Prayer was a number one single. Express Yourself, Cherish, Oh Father and Keep it Together were all released as singles and yet all failed to reach the top spot. Not that number one singles make a great album, but most of these songs have gained popularity over time. And yet this could still be called Madonna's greatest album. The writing was, for the first time, confessional and personal. The lyrics and melodies were more mature ("Oh Father" is one of the best Madonna songs of all time). It was still a patchwork of styles and sound, a trait of all Madonna's albums. Keep in mind where Madonna mania was at this point. She had recently split with Sean Penn, finished filming Dick Tracy, preping her monstrous Blonde Ambition tour, and cementing her place as a pop culture icon. Controversey came center stage before this album was even released. The Pepsi deal and the video exploded on the eve of the albums release. Thsi was by far the biggest controversey in Madonna's career thus far. Though it all seems rather silly now, it was all the talk in the Spring of '89. This was the height of Madonna's career. Erotica and the Sex book were just around the corner, a turning point that really determined who her fans were.
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By A Customer on June 10 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like A Prayer, Madonna's fourth studio effort, released in the spring of 1989, was the album Ms. Ciccone got down to business. She was 30, the age at which her mother had died of cancer, and she also was recently departed from an abusive marriage to Sean Penn. These facts, along with the fact that she was getting older, made for a more mature recording. Gone were the multiple bracelets, the Boy Toy belt buckles, and the Material Girl. This was her Rubber Soul.
From the opening hard-rock chords of the title track, you know you're in for something unique and refreshing. The gospel choir, chunky guitar, organs, and handclaps of the haunting 'Like A Prayer,' is followed by the deep funky bass riffs and jubilant horn section of 'Express Yourself,' making for a knockout punch opener. Following this is the much-touted but ultimately disappointing Madonna-Prince collabo, 'Love Song,' perhaps a mid-tempo extension of 'Express Yourself.' After this, Madonna lays bare her marriage to Sean Penn in the bitter, sarcastic 'Til Death Do Us Part,' a B-side to the hit 'Dear Jessie.' She next discusses her mother's death in 'Promise To Try,' which packs an emotional wallop, and ends the first half of the record.
'Cherish' is up-tempo, simple, joyous pop, which demonstrates Madonna's penchant for hooky, cheerful pop numbers. 'Dear Jessie' does 'Sgt. Pepper' just as good as Lennon and McCartney. 'Oh Father,' which spawns from the closing notes of 'Dear Jessie,' is a dirge-like ballad about Madonna's father. 'Keep It Together,' a pseudo-hip-hop song about family unity, is very good, but seems almost weak compared to Madonna's other work here.
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