"Like A Prayer" has been critically rewarded and praised as one of the best pop albums in history. The title track surely is a spiritual experience and musical orgasm, but what's about the rest? "Express Yourself" is a cheesy 'feel good' anthem with an annoying 'please clap your hands' chorus. "Cherish" must have been mistakably put on the record. It's pure fabric softener. So is "Dear Jessie", one of the most crackbrained tracks Madonna ever had... so what makes this album outstanding except the title track?
Well it surely must be the Prince collaboration "Love Song", a sassy and soulful 'get me into bed' songs with slight dissonances. Or is it "Till Death Do Us Part" the only uptempo track which works on that album? It's driven, fast-paced and dynamic. Partly dark and haunting. Excellent!
Well, the ballads must top the album off but none of them is simply mindblowing like "Live To Tell" was... "Spanish Eyes" comes quite close to the intensity of Madonna's most perfect ballad ever done. The hispanic feeling to it is at least something that makes it memorable.
"Like A Prayer" is a real hit or miss. It contains such rubbish as pearls and you're obviously twisted between 'hmmm, is it a good album or is it just the few burners which made it a classic?'. Well I don't know... on average it must be a good album for sure. But it misses a lot of quality to be a classic.
This is when the artsy face of Madonna sets in. Look no further than track no. 3, Prince's ersatz song for Madonna, for faux-musical expansion. The title track is perfect, Express Yourself is catchy, the rest is unevenly ok. I'll take True Blue.