Madonna
Madonna


4.0
excellent

Review

by BSX USER (9 Reviews)
August 12th, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It’s the 1980s and disco is dead. Most of the dance superstars of the 70s struggled to find an audience in the new decade. However fate had created to the perfect formula to launch the career of the Queen of Pop.

Style: Pop with some rock and disco elements

Lucky Star has a rather laid back feel for being first track on the album. The shooting star sound during the pre-chorus adds personality while her voice in near pitch perfect. Like the pervious song Borderline would be place at the end of record rather than the beginning by today’s standards. This is also the slowest and most endearing track on the album, Madonna‘s delivery is heartfelt and real. One of the more rock-ish songs, Burning Up features some of the most unapologetic and lustful lyrics on the album.

Do you wanna see me down on my knees/ Bending over backwards now would you be please/ Unlike the others I‘d do anything/ I‘m not the same, I have no shame, I‘m on fire

The female anthem of the record I Know It features a 1950s sounds (which was popular during the 80s) and shows that Madonna was more than the dance floor and sex. Rather than sing with anger or sadness, she choose confidence not letting her former love see her cry.

Probably the biggest highlight and most uplifting song on the record Holiday speaks to everyone advising us to enjoy the good things in life instead of having a constant focus on work, school and the other million things we worry about. Think of Me takes some musical cues from disco and Gloria Gaynor, who most likely served an inspiration for the track. Madonna tells her love to get his act together before she leaves him for good. Physical Attraction is the only track where Madonna breaks out of her position of control and power slipping into the feeling of vulnerability. This song is surpassed by Burning Up in terms of sexual content, however it rivals Borderline in the emotional realm. Everybody was made for the dance floor and like the two tracks before it, there are hints of disco in the song. It’s similar to Holiday in the fact that this song calls for people to come together and have fun. Her whispers throughout the song are very Donna Summer and reminiscent of I Love to Love You Baby.

Madonna injected a huge dose of sex (appeal), attitude, and feel good music to create a solid debut, despite her limited vocal range. Rarely did she push her voice too far creating a slightly monotone singing voice, but her delivery of the lyrics make up for it. With an album of 8 songs and 5 of them being some of her most beloved gems by fans, she was well on her way to “conquering the world”.

Recommended Tracks
Borderline
Burning Up
Holiday
Think of Me
Everybody



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BSX
August 12th 2009


1634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holiday! Celebrate!

Meatplow
August 12th 2009


5524 Comments


I forgot that I went through a Madonna period.

This is a good album, I prefer some of her later early stuff though.

BSX
August 12th 2009


1634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Later Early stuff?
Do you mean Like A Prayer?

I've been in a Madonna faze all my life



Meatplow
August 12th 2009


5524 Comments


Everything after this album up to and around Bedtime Stories I guess.

It would seem to me that the albums got patchier overall but the big singles were all solid. Like A Prayer is probably my favourite, it was hard to go wrong with this period though.

BSX
August 12th 2009


1634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh ok, most of her fans are split 50/50 between her old and new material.

I get what you're saying about the album and singles. Like A Virgin and Music are my most fav by her. Agreed, I think anyone new to Madonna should start from the beginning and work themselves up through her records.

shindip
August 12th 2009


3536 Comments


her old stuff is way better than new

lerockinam
January 14th 2010


1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still enjoy the sassy attitude of Burning Up

Meatplow
May 8th 2010


5524 Comments


lovin' the synths on this

omnipanzer
March 8th 2011


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I would skip straight to "Ray of Light" but I'm not a fan.
It was a damn big album back in the day.

JukeboxToken
March 26th 2011


7 Comments


good review

dylantheairplane
January 5th 2013


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bought this on vinyl the other day, dont regret it at all

BSX
January 26th 2013


1634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^

Bless

foxblood
February 23rd 2013


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules

Cygnatti
September 22nd 2013


22260 Comments


starlight, starbright
first star i see tonight

Digging: Jerry Lee Lewis - Live at the Star Club, Hamburg

oltnabrick
May 27th 2014


31531 Comments


shine your heavenly body tonight~

Digging: Popol Vuh - Nosferatu



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