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Like a Prayer

Madonna Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Like a piece of art! July 22 2012
Format:Audio CD
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 process. I was only three years old when this came out, so I do not remember this era at the time but I discovered this about 6 years ago, and I'm glad I did.

It's a very personal, confessional album and I like that it uses almost all real instruments. It gives it more of an organic sound, which fits with the rawness of the lyrical content. My favourite songs are the title track, 'Express Yourself', 'Keep It Together', 'Dear Jessie' and 'Til Death Do Us Part'. (The Shep Pettibone remixes of the first three songs mentioned are also great. I recommend them as well as checking out the import release 'Remixed Prayers').

All-in-all, a fantastic release and definitely one of her best albums. Every Madonna fan should have this.
1. LIKE A PRAYER (#1 US / #1 UK)
6. CHERISH (#2 US / #3 UK)
8. OH FATHER (#2O US / #16 UK)
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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 Worthy of Rediscovery April 7 2012
Format:Audio CD
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. At the time of its' release I failed to be as instantly captivated by this effort as I had been by "Madonna" and "Like a Virgin". Back in '89, I was expecting some bouncy, get-up-on-the-dance-floor fare like "Spotlight" or "Causing a Commotion" and what I got were Disney-esque fairy tales about pink elephants and lemonade, and sombre odes to Spanish soldiers. Needless to say, after a few spins I was not pleased and tucked this one away for decades. In the wake of the disappointing "MDNA", I have been revisiting Lady M's back catalogue, and in hindsight "Like a Prayer" is a darn good album and the first point in her career where Madonna truly showed growth and maturity. Most of the album feels like a personal catharsis for Madonna as she draws on her own human experience to craft personal, heartfelt, poignant yet catchy songs inspired by the loss of her mother, her father's indifference and a turbulent marriage, as well as her conflicting feelings about religion.

The original versions of "Express Yourself" and "Keep It Together" are textbook examples of how to make dance music the old-fashioned way without synths or technical assistance. "Keep" comes off especially funky here compared to the "Soul II Soul"-radio remix that came later. "Express Yourself" still sounds great though I do admit to loving the bass-driven dance version found on "The Immaculate Collection" most of all. The percolating keyboards that appeared on "Live to Tell" are sped-up to underscore the boppy yet moody spousal-abuse tale "Til Death Do Us Part" and the hypnotic beats of the Prince duet "Love Song" will ricochet off your brain.
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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!
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". Read more
Published on June 29 2008 by Martine
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna is Definitely Like A Prayer
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... Read more
Published on June 2 2008 by Qian Song
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best album
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2006 by Brian loves music
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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