Nile Rodgers produced Like a Virgin, Madonna's second LP; he also played guitar on much of it and brought in ex-Chic partners Bernard Edwards on bass and Tony Thompson on drums. Rodgers wisely supplies the kind of muscle Madonna's sassy lyrics demand. Her light voice bobs over the heavy rhythm and synth tracks like a kid on a carnival ride. On the hit title song, Madonna is all squeals, bubbling over the bass line from the Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself." She doesn't have the power or range of, say, Cyndi Lauper, but she knows what works on the dance floor.
Still, some of the new tracks don't add up. Her torchy ballad "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" is awful. The role of the rejected lover just doesn't suit her. Madonna's a lot more interesting as a conniving cookie, flirting her way to the top, than as a bummed-out adult.
(Posted: Jan 17, 1985)
News and Reviews
Click "Copy Me" to add the RS.com Widget to your Facebook page, blog, MySpace page and more.
Click the play button.
Register or enter your username and password.
Let the music play!
More CD Reviews
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Tha Carter III
At Mount Zoomer
Saints Of Los Angeles
City That Care Forgot
One Of The Boys
I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too