Nine songs in between range from the bracing dance pop of Express Yourself to the Sgt. Pepper psychedelic flourishes of Dear Jessie, a sugary lullaby. [Madonna] as aggressive flirt reappears in Love Song, an erotic duet with Prince. As a Prince foil, she's got the look, but she's no match as a singer.
Madonna's voice will never be technically brilliant, but she summons so much emotional intensity on Like a Prayer that the calculated come-on in 1984's Like a Virgin sounds like a disembodied chirp. EAR CUTLINE: MADONNA: New out `Like a Prayer' Tues., 1,2D CUTLINE:AMEN: The cover photo of Madonna's `Like a Prayer' LP, due out in stores Tuesday.
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