Madonna - Like A Prayer

Limited 180 Gram Vinyl LP Record Reissue, EU Pressing

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Like A Prayer is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, originally released in March 1989 by Sire Records.

Out of all of Madonna's albums, Like A Prayer is her most explicit attempt at a major artistic statement. Even though it is apparent that she is trying to make a "serious" album, the kaleidoscopic variety of pop styles here is quite dazzling.

With Like A Prayer, Madonna doesn't just ask to be taken seriously, she insists on it. Daring in its lyrics, ambitious in its sonics, this is far and away the most self-consciously serious album she'd made. There are no punches pulled, anywhere; Madonna is brutally frank about the dissolution of her marriage ("Till Death Do Us Part"), her ambivalence toward her father ("Oh Father") and even her feelings of loss about her mother ("Promise To Try"). Yet as intensely personal as these songs are, the underlying themes are universal enough to move almost any listener. Likewise, the music, though clearly a step beyond the pop confections that earned the singer her place on the charts, remains as accessible as ever.

Don't expect to be won over instantly, though, for Like A Prayer is more interested in exorcising demons than entertaining fans. The album is in large part about growing up and dealing with such ghosts from the past as parents, religion and the promises of love. This is serious stuff, and nowhere is that more apparent than on the title tune. Opening with a sudden blast of stun-gun guitar, "Like A Prayer" seems at first like a struggle between the sacred and the profane as Madonna's voice is alternately driven by a jangling, bass-heavy funk riff and framed by an angelic aura of backing voices. Madonna stokes the spiritual fires with a potent, high-gloss groove that eventually surrenders to gospel abandon.

The tracks that Madonna coproduced with Patrick Leonard - which include "Like A Prayer" - are stunning in their breadth and achievement. "Cherish", which manages a nod to the Association song of the same title, makes savvy retro-rock references, and "Dear Jessie" boasts kaleidoscopic Sgt. Pepper-isms. When Stephen Bray replaces Leonard as co-producer, even an unabashed groove tune like "Express Yourself" seems smart and sassy, right down to Madonna's soul-style testimony on the intro: "Come on, girls, do you believe in love?"

The worst that can be said of the album's obviously confessional numbers is that they engender such powerful emotions that an admirable pop song like "Keep It Together" seems almost trivial by comparison (when in fact it's a rather impressive invocation of the importance of family). Fortunately, Madonna maintains an impressive sense of balance throughout the album, leavening the pain of "Till Death Do Us Part" with the lighthearted love of "Cherish," contrasting the trauma of "Oh Father" with the libidinal power games of "Love Song" (a coy, musically adventurous duel-duet with Prince) and juxtaposing the ecstatic fervor of "Like a Prayer" with the Catholic injoking of "Act of Contrition."

Ranging from the deep funk of "Express Yourself" and "Keep It Together" to the haunting "Oh Father" and "Like A Prayer", Madonna displays a commanding sense of songcraft, making this her best and most consistent album.

Check out the tracks: “Like A Prayer”; “Express Yourself”; “Cherish”; “Oh Father”; “Dear Jessie” and “Keep It Together”. 

This Limited Edition LP reissue with printed inner sleeve is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(081227973575)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Like A Prayer

5:39

A2

Express Yourself

4:37

A3

Love Song

4:52

A4

Till Death Do Us Part

5:16

A5

Promise To Try

3:36

B1

Cherish

5:03

B2

Dear Jessie

4:20

B3

Oh Father

4:57

B4

Keep It Together

5:03

B5

Spanish Eyes

5:15

B6

Act of Contrition

2:19

SKU 081227973575
Record Label Sire Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 8122-79735-7
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 26 March 2012
Original Release Date (Year) 21 March 1989
Barcode # 081227973575
Shipping Weight 0.2850kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Pop
Genre Synth-Pop
Genre Electronic
Format VINYL LP

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