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Like a Prayer

Madonna Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 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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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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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
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 THE EIGHTIES AT ITS BEST
Published on June 16 2004 by SOUL LYRIC
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna's Rubber Soul
Like A Prayer, Madonna's fourth studio effort, released in the spring of 1989, was the album Ms. Ciccone got down to business. Read more
Published on June 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best and most mature work of the 80's.
Like A Prayer is her best work of the 80's and her most personal to date. Overall it's her 2nd best album, next to the 1992 Erotica. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by DM
5.0 out of 5 stars The mature Madonna start
I think this album really started madonna's mature. real lyrics,including her most selling single Like a prayer, the cd single sold 4 million copies around the world and of course... Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by Armando J. Carranza
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the standards others cannot match
It is unfortunate that so many people judge Madonna by her image rather than her music. Even among those who listen to her music, some quickly spot her limited vocal range and... Read more
Published on May 8 2004 by Peter Durward Harris
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