Like a Virgin

Like a Virgin

by Madonna Madonna
Like a Virgin

Like a Virgin

by Madonna Madonna

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Overview

Madonna had hits with her first album, even reaching the Top Ten twice with "Borderline" and "Lucky Star," but she didn't become a superstar, an icon, until her second album, Like a Virgin. She saw the opening for this kind of explosion and seized it, bringing in former Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers in as a producer, to help her expand her sound, and then carefully constructed her image as an ironic, ferociously sexy Boy Toy; the Steven Meisel-shot cover, capturing her as a buxom bride with a Boy Toy belt buckle on the front, and dressing after a night of passion, was as key to her reinvention as the music itself. Yet, there's no discounting the best songs on the record, the moments when her grand concepts are married to music that transcends the mere classification of dance-pop. These, of course, are "Material Girl" and "Like a Virgin," the two songs that made her an icon, and the two songs that remain definitive statements. They overshadow the rest of the record, not just because they are a perfect match of theme and sound, but because the rest of the album vacillates wildly in terms of quality. The other two singles, "Angel" and "Dress You Up," are excellent standard-issue dance-pop, and there are other moments that work well ("Over and Over," "Stay," the earnest cover of Rose Royce's "Love Don't Live Here"), but overall, it adds up to less than the sum of its parts -- partially because the singles are so good, but also because on the first album, she stunned with style and a certain joy. Here, the calculation is apparent, and while that's part of Madonna's essence -- even something that makes her fun -- it throws the record's balance off a little too much for it to be consistent, even if it justifiably made her a star.


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Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2016
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227973599
catalogNumber: 25157
Rank: 18171

Tracks

  1. Material Girl
  2. Angel
  3. Like a Virgin
  4. Over and Over
  5. Love Don't Live Here Anymore
  6. Into the Groove
  7. Dress You Up
  8. Shoo-Bee-Doo
  9. Pretender
  10. Stay

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Madonna   Primary Artist

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