The album: Madonna: Like a Prayer (Sire, 1989)
This week, Morgan and Oliver are joined by Ann Powers of NPR Music and author of the new book, Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music. Together, the three dug into Like a Prayer, Madonna’s critical breakout album form 1989. As Ann lays out, Madonna had already established herself as an MTV-era mega-star with her previous albums but Like a Prayer, with its then-controversial sexual politics and surprising personal candor, marked a new level of artistic ambition.
More on Madonna and Like a Prayer
- The “Like a Prayer” video
- NPR Music’s review of Like a Prayer for their “150 Greatest Albums Made by Women” list.
More on Ann Powers:
- Madonna: “Like A Prayer” Like A Prayer
- Madonna: “Like A Virgin” Like A Virgin
- Madonna: “Till Death Do Us Part” Like A Prayer
- Madonna: “Express Yourself” Like A Prayer
- Madonna: “Act Of Contrition” Like A Prayer
- Madonna: “Love Song” Like A Prayer
- Prince: “Computer Blue” Purple Rain
- Madonna: “Cherish” Like A Prayer
- Madonna: “Dear Jessie” Like A Prayer
- Madonna: “Promise To Try” Like A Prayer
- Madonna: “Keep It Together” Like A Prayer
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