10 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Considering Madonna’s dominance and constant reinvention of pop music for several decades, it’s difficult to imagine a time when she was simply another struggling performer finding her voice in a changing musical landscape. Madonna’s 1983 debut album may have reflected the MTV-era in its visual appeal, but sonically she was searching among different producers (this album features three) to find her groove. Her preference for dance music would hardly seem the choice for someone looking to establish an enduring career (dance divas weren’t known for longevity) and while her choice of material was spot-on — “Lucky Star,” “Borderline” and “Holiday” are as catchy as they come and worthy of both radio and the dancefloor — they only hint at the complex imagery and musical adventurism that would lead her to bring the avant-garde and the kinky New York nightlife to the mainstream with each ensuing release. “Burning Up” hints at her darker side. “Physical Attraction” standardizes the course she would take. This is where it began.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Considering Madonna’s dominance and constant reinvention of pop music for several decades, it’s difficult to imagine a time when she was simply another struggling performer finding her voice in a changing musical landscape. Madonna’s 1983 debut album may have reflected the MTV-era in its visual appeal, but sonically she was searching among different producers (this album features three) to find her groove. Her preference for dance music would hardly seem the choice for someone looking to establish an enduring career (dance divas weren’t known for longevity) and while her choice of material was spot-on — “Lucky Star,” “Borderline” and “Holiday” are as catchy as they come and worthy of both radio and the dancefloor — they only hint at the complex imagery and musical adventurism that would lead her to bring the avant-garde and the kinky New York nightlife to the mainstream with each ensuing release. “Burning Up” hints at her darker side. “Physical Attraction” standardizes the course she would take. This is where it began.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
564 Ratings

564 Ratings

rabbit1970 ,

Still the best Dance Album ever

I finally broke down and downloaded this reissue because I had basically worn out my vinyl record of it(!). The good thing is, there are 2 bonus remixes on this album of "Lucky Star" and "Burning Up," so you get a little more than before. Madonna's always been at the forefront of dance/electronic music and this album reaches the level of classic.

Skeptical Listener ,

Oldies but goodies

This classic madonna album is a great addition to anyone's collection. Please note that there are two iTunes versions. Although there is only one "mix" with this album I prefer this version. Burning up, Holiday, and Everybody are favorites!

candygurl12 ,

Madonna was a lucky star and still is

In my opinion, the is the best introduction album of the 80's, no, even better, the BEST album of the 80's( besides Michael Jackson's "Thriller")!!!! It had everybody dancing! A role model to girls and admired by boys, Madonna made this album work with full of dance music that almost literally made the charts explode! Keep up the good work, Madge!!

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