Queen Of Pop, Madonna, is about to release her 13th studio album.
The imminent release of “Rebel Heart” hasn’t come without hitting the headlines for various reasons but let’s ignore that for now. Instead, let’s build up to the big release by remembering her previous twelve studio albums.
As Madonna’s most introspective release at the time, “Like a Prayer” has been described as a confessional record. She described the album as a collection of songs “about my mother, my father, and bonds with my family.” The album was dedicated to her mother, who died when Madonna was young.
Released on March 21, 1989 Like a Prayer has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
This was the first Madonna album that I can properly remember being released and listening to at the time.
Track 1 – Like A Prayer
The title track and my favourite ever Madonna song. The video cause no end of controversy with the religious types but I don’t care about that. It’s an anthem of a song and every time I hear the opening gospel choir I still get goosebumps.
Track 2 – Express Yourself
A good old-fashioned pop song promoting girl power long before girl power was even being promoted. It was also the most expensive music video made up to then, and currently the third most expensive of all time – who knew?
Track 3 – Love Song (with Prince)
After the first two tracks this is a bit of a disappointment especially as a collaboration with Prince could have been much more awesome.
Track 4 – Till Death Do Us Part
This was written about the violent dissolution of Madonna’s marriage to Sean Penn
Track 5 – Promise to Try
Madonna wrote this about the death of her mother. I really like this song despite the sad message.
Track 6 – Cherish
After the previous sad song this is such a breath of fresh air. Very poppy, very lovey dovey and very, very good! Although it’s always annoyed me the way that Madonna pronounces “Juliet”.
Track 7 – Dear Jessie
A fantastic, fantasy of a song. It really does feel like the song is giving me a big hug every time I hear it and makes me feel like a kid again.
Track 8 – Oh Father
No surprises but this a song pretty much all about Madonna’s father. All in all a really good ballad that shows off Madge’s voice.
Track 9 – Keep It Together
Another song about relationships and this was never actually released as a single in the UK for some reason.
Track 10 – Spanish Eyes
This song is said to have “confronted the still-taboo issue of AIDS” and is an easy listening, ballad type song.
Track 11 – Act of Contrition
Madonna decides to close the album with some weird-ass megamix…
What are your Madonna memories?