Madonna

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Although she never left it behind, it's been easy to overlook that Madonna began her career as a disco diva in an era that didn't have disco divas. It was an era where disco was anathema to the mainstream pop, and she had a huge role in popularizing dance music as a popular music again, crashing through the door Michael Jackson opened with Thriller. Certainly, her undeniable charisma, chutzpah, and sex appeal had a lot to do with that -- it always did, throughout her career -- but she wouldn't have broken through if the music wasn't so good. And her eponymous debut isn't simply good, it set the standard for dance-pop for the next 20 years. Why did it do so? ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Although she never left it behind, it's been easy to overlook that Madonna began her career as a disco diva in an era that didn't have disco divas. It was an era where disco was anathema to the mainstream pop, and she had a huge role in popularizing dance music as a popular music again, crashing through the door Michael Jackson opened with Thriller. Certainly, her undeniable charisma, chutzpah, and sex appeal had a lot to do with that -- it always did, throughout her career -- but she wouldn't have broken through if the music wasn't so good. And her eponymous debut isn't simply good, it set the standard for dance-pop for the next 20 years. Why did it do so? Because it cleverly incorporated great pop songs with stylish, state-of-the-art beats, and it shrewdly walked a line between being a rush of sound and a showcase for a dynamic lead singer. This is music where all of the elements may not particularly impressive on their own -- the arrangement, synth, and drum programming are fairly rudimentary; Madonna's singing isn't particularly strong; the songs, while hooky and memorable, couldn't necessarily hold up on their own without the production -- but taken together, it's utterly irresistible. And that's the hallmark of dance-pop: every element blends together into an intoxicating sound, where the hooks and rhythms are so hooky, the shallowness is something to celebrate. And there are some great songs here, whether it's the effervescent "Lucky Star," "Borderline," and "Holiday" or the darker, carnal urgency of "Burning Up" and "Physical Attraction." And if Madonna would later sing better, she illustrates here that a good voice is secondary to dance-pop. What's really necessary is personality, since that sells a song where there are no instruments that sound real. Here, Madonna is on fire, and that's the reason why it launched her career, launched dance-pop, and remains a terrific, nearly timeless, listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624790327
  • Catalog Number: 47903
  • Sales rank: 5,139

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lucky Star (5:37)
  2. 2 Borderline (5:20)
  3. 3 Burning Up (3:45)
  4. 4 I Know It (3:47)
  5. 5 Holiday (6:10)
  6. 6 Think of Me (4:54)
  7. 7 Physical Attraction (6:39)
  8. 8 Everybody (6:02)
  9. 9 Burning Up (5:59)
  10. 10 Lucky Star (7:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Madonna Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Reggie Lucas Composer
Madonna Composer
Lisa Stevens Composer
Curtis Hudson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    22 Years Later, "Madonna" Remains Free of Filler

    Who doesn't know who Madonna is? Since she fell into clubs with her playful vocals in 1983, she's been a household name across the US, and around the world. This album, simply entitled "Madonna," (or "The First Album," outside the US) the album raised the bar for the dance revolution of the '80s, '90s, and today. The classic opener, "Lucky Star," with it's twinkling introduction sets the stage for perhaps one of the classic dance albums of the '80s. The torn-lyrics of "Borderline" ("Keep on pushing me baby/Don't you know you drive me crazy?") make for another dance hit, showing the power of Madonna's vocal. "Burning Up" is a driving beat with a rock tinge that is perfection (my favorite of the album), while "I Know It"'s horn arrangement is unique as Madonna to a dance track. "Holiday," the highlight of the album that made Madge a star, is as vibrant and joyous almost 23 years after it was released to the world. "Think of Me" and "Physical Attraction" also make for an excellent dance romp, with the closing "Everybody" leaving us hungry for more. Luckily, in the 22 years since, we have indeed been full. A++ (TOP TRACKS: "Lucky Star," "Burning Up," "I Know It")

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forgot how much I liked this album

    Brought me back to my childhood. It sounded good, and was inexpensive

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best Early Dance Albums

    Madonna was one of the first people to usher in a new kind of dance sound. The songs on this album may not be as polished or complex as her later work, but they are so playful and catchy, not to mention danceable. The general mood set by this album is rather positive, and she has an attitude of being very independent that really comes across in her music. I really feel like this album has dated quite well over the years. There are some really good upbeat songs in this collection ( Lucky Star, Think of Me) and some excellent mid-tempo ones as well( Holiday, Everybody).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Madonna takes off

    Madonna's debute album is still her best work to date. This album has the spirit of funk and dance all over it. It's Bubblegum, it's disco, it's every dance music lover's dream. Carrying on where SuperGroup Blondie left off in 1982/83, Madonna was sexy, sassy and very vocal in her debute. Stand out tracks are ''Borderline, Holiday and Lucky Star''. With the re-issue and re-mastered debute, this classic album sounds better than ever before. Madonna, the album that is, still stands as a standout!

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    Posted December 20, 2009

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