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)
2. EXPRESS YOURSELF (#2 US / #5 UK)
3. LOVE SONG (WITH PRINCE)
4. TILL DEATH DUE US PART
5. PROMISE TO TRY
6. CHERISH (#2 US / #3 UK)
7. DEAR JESSIE (#5 UK)
8. OH FATHER (#2O US / #16 UK)
9. KEEP IT TOGETHER (#8 US)
10. PRAY FOR SPANISH EYES
11. ACT OF CONTRITION