Like a Virgin

Like a Virgin

by Madonna


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Madonna had hits with her first album, even reaching the Top Ten twice with "Borderline" and "Lucky Star," but she didn't become a superstar, an icon, until her second album, Like a Virgin. She saw the opening for this kind of explosion and seized it, bringing in former Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers in as a producer, to help her expand her sound, and then carefully constructed her image as an ironic, ferociously sexy Boy Toy; the Steven Meisel-shot cover, capturing her as a buxom bride with a Boy Toy belt buckle on the front, and dressing after a night of passion, was as key to her reinvention as the music itself. Yet, there's no discounting the best songs on the record, the moments when her grand concepts are married to music that transcends the mere classification of dance-pop. These, of course, are "Material Girl" and "Like a Virgin," the two songs that made her an icon, and the two songs that remain definitive statements. They overshadow the rest of the record, not just because they are a perfect match of theme and sound, but because the rest of the album vacillates wildly in terms of quality. The other two singles, "Angel" and "Dress You Up," are excellent standard-issue dance-pop, and there are other moments that work well ("Over and Over," "Stay," the earnest cover of Rose Royce's "Love Don't Live Here"), but overall, it adds up to less than the sum of its parts -- partially because the singles are so good, but also because on the first album, she stunned with style and a certain joy. Here, the calculation is apparent, and while that's part of Madonna's essence -- even something that makes her fun -- it throws the record's balance off a little too much for it to be consistent, even if it justifiably made her a star.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992515740
catalogNumber: 25157

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Madonna   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bernard Edwards   Bass
Nile Rodgers   Guitar,Synclavier
Brenda King   Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett   Saxophone
Robert Sabino   Synthesizer
Frank Simms   Background Vocals
George Simms   Background Vocals
Tony Thompson   Drums

Technical Credits

Nile Rodgers   Producer
Jimmy Bralower   Programming,drum programming
Stephen Bray   Composer,Producer
Madonna   Composer,Producer
Jason Corsaro   Engineer
Tom Kelly   Composer
Curtis King   Contributor
Robert Rans   Composer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Art Direction
Andrea LaRusso   Composer
Peggy Stanziale   Composer
Miles Gregory   Composer
Peter Brown   Composer

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