Madonna: ‘Like a Virgin’ – Album Review

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Released: November 12, 1984

Like a Virgin, the iconic title by American singer Madonna, saw Madonna’s first stages of exploration and experimentation of her image and her sound. This time, Madonna worked with American legend Niles Rodger to create an album full of pop hooks, slinky synths, and slick production. The album released some of the most successful pop singles of the 1980s; the plastic new wave hit “Material Girl”, the girly and poppy “Dress You Up”, the funky disco pop hit “Into the Groove”, and of course, the iconic and memorable title track.

Unfortunately, unlike Madonna’s debut album, the rest of the album suffered in not being as successfully solid or catchy. “Angel” and “Shoo-bee-doo” are cute pop songs, but doesn’t progress much outside of their catchy choruses. “Love Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” displayed Madonna’s first attempts of pop balladry, but sounds more like an off-cut from a Tina Turner album. But the album’s worst offender is “Over and Over”, which is easily offensive (not literally) because of its cheesy lyrics, generic production, and straightforward composition. It’s unfortunate that Like a Virgin doesn’t hold together as much as her previous album, because some of the hits from this album are remarkable.

Track list (Bold means best tracks)

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

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