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Like a Prayer (1989)

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Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Dance music, Rock music, Pop rock, Contemporary R&B, Dance-pop, Gospel music

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Like a Prayer is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on March 21, 1989 by Sire Records, three years after her previous studio album. Madonna worked with Stephen Bray, Patrick Leonard, and fellow icon Prince on the album while co-writing and co-producing all the songs. 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.
The album uses live instrumentation and incorporates elements of dance, funk, gospel, and soul into a more general pop style. Madonna drew from her Catholic upbringing, as seen in the album's title track and lead single "Like a Prayer". The lyrics deals with themes from Madonna's childhood and adolescence, such as the death of her mother in "Promise to Try", the importance of family in "Keep It Together", and her relationship with her father in "Oh Father". Madonna also preaches female empowerment in "Express Yourself". Upon its release, Like a Prayer was mostly praised by music critics. Rolling

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5:40 Like a Prayer
4:52 Love Song
5:18 Till Death Do Us Part
3:38 Promise to Try
5:03 Cherish
4:21 Dear Jessie
5:03 Keep It Together
5:17 Pray for Spanish Eyes (LP version)
2:19 Act of Contrition
4:39 Express Yourself
4:58 Oh Father
5:42 Like a Prayer
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