Like a Prayer

Madonna - Like a Prayer
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1989 Ratings: #19 / 138
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Based on 396 ratings
1989 Ratings: #7
Liked by 22 people
March 21, 1989 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sire, Warner Bros. / Label
Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic
Madonna displays a commanding sense of songcraft, making this her best and most consistent album.
90
Slant Magazine

Like a Prayer found the pop singer coming-of-age with a collection of pop confections layered with live instrumentation, sophisticated arrangements, deeply felt lyrics, and a stronger, more assured vocal.

75
Entertainment Weekly
The gospel-infused title track demonstrates that her writing and performing had been raised to heavenly new heights. And if little else here soars to that level, at least ”Oh Father” sees her beginning to write her autobiography in song.
70
Rolling Stone

Like a Prayer is proof not only that Madonna should be taken seriously as an artist but that hers is one of the most compelling voices of the Eighties.

playboiflacko00
85
Arguably her most personal piece of work, Like A Prayer transcended Madonna from being a monumental pop star to a pop goddess

Best Tracks:
Keep It Together (favorite)
Pray for Spanish Eyes
Oh Father
Like A Prayer
Express Yourself
BruhMan
96
I’ll never forget the moment my dad told me In front of my stepmom and sister when I was 9 or 10, In his usual bitter tone “I hate Madonna”. Me and my sister asked why? and his hypocrite ass and very “christian” self responded, “Cause she once posed nude with nothing but some cross earrings on” lmao.

Now here I am, a 23 year old father and husband, finally diving deep Into her discog. My dad would be so disappointed lol. But fuck it on to the ... read more
guisg
81
If you take a deeper look down to history, Madonna was desperate about a marriage ending, the 30’s arrival (age that her mother died) and to prove herself she was a real respectful mature singer and producer. These agonies created a consistent album full of guitar riffs and great choruses. The title track is a piece of art that finally killed the material girl persona, mixing gospel music and great pop and then liturgical and sexual lyrics. Express Yourself tells all women to respect ... read more
musicmagpie55
85
The epic finale of Madonna's first decade. Like a Prayer is dripping with catchy hooks, infectious beats, and iconic lyrics. The fact that the first two songs are 'Like a Prayer' into 'Express Yourself' is mind-boggling to me as they both help define the entire decade. While it doesn't have the tightness of her later albums, Like a Prayer is the most fun and the best to pull out for a party, people will think it is the greatest hits! 'Dear Jessie' is probably my favorite underrated song from ... read more
kimseohyun
89
A true milestone in POP music. Like a Prayer is the highlight of Madonna's career along with Ray of Light. Everything on the album makes sense, from the lyrics to the arrangements.
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Track List

  1. Like a Prayer
  2. Express Yourself
  3. Love Song (with Prince)
  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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Added on: April 8, 2013