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Madonna - Like a Virgin RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Ken Barnes

Madonna's second album was her breakthrough, thanks principally to two gimmicky hits: the sinuous "Like a Virgin," with its taboo-busting metaphor for that fresh, clean new-love feeling, and the cutesy, Betty-Boopsy "Material Girl." Most of the rest of the album, although similarly frothy, is superior to those warhorses, notably the irresistible LP tracks "Over and Over," and "Pretender"--which adds a bit of gossamer delicacy to the mandatory bounciness. "Dress You Up" is a Madonna classic, an insubstantial dance-pop delight bedecked in synthesized bells and replete to the beat with kinky suggestions. And there's a sign of greater depth to come in her cover of Rose Royce's elegiac ballad "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," a heartfelt vocal supported by a subtle, gorgeous arrangement helmed by producer Nile Rodgers and his two key Chic instrumental compatriots, Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson.

Tracks
1. Material Girl6. Into the Groove {From the Film Desperately Seeking Susan}
2. Angel7. Dress You Up
3. Like a Virgin8. Shoo-Bee-Doo
4. Over and Over9. Pretender
5. Love Don't Live Here Anymore10. Stay

 

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"I taught my younger niece how to dance to 'Material Girl' and I use to make up a routine to 'Dress you up'."

--Maggie

"True Blue is a very good album. The best song is undoubtfully Papa Don't Preach, it's a very Awesome80s song and also a big teen hit. Following Papa don't Preach is Live to Tell. This is the best ballad I have ever heard in my life. Its text is exceptionally high-spirited and it is one of the greatest rock ballads of the Awesome80s. True Blue also shows a new look of Madonna: While her first album and Like a Virgin show us her long-hair look, True Blue is short blonde hair styled. Madonna then started being a blonde and this marked her ever since. I have to agree that this album is the first "serious" one, in fact connected with her later work (Like a Prayer,Ray of light).

Thanks for giving me a chance to express my opinion. [Editor's note: Thanks for sharing it!]"

--A MadMaddyFan

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MUSICAL NOTES

Artist: Madonna

Released: March 6, 1984

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (10)


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