Madonna, The Immaculate Collection (1990)
I posted a photo of the LP cover the other day and someone wrote underneath, “Has your turntable been hacked?” – or some such. No chance of that ever. I’m the only one playing records in my place, the turntable sits on my desk, I don’t even need to move to put a record on now – it’s all at my fingertips, in as much as records and a record-player can be. And it’s fantastic. So too is this album. So too, in the right dose (ie: this album) is Madonna. I don’t know that she’s really done anything you need to have after this comp. I mean, sure, Ray of Light was good, and there’s a single here and there – even Hung Up works well (and might be the last ‘good’ Madonna single) but does it beat the killer stuff here? No chance. Fittingly, this isn’t the perfect compilation, because Madonna was never the perfect pop star. But in that first decade she got it right more often than not and there’s stonking-good evidence right here. I grew up with these songs. And loved them at the time, and in many cases I love them even more so now. No shame at all about digging the good Madonna stuff – it’s immaculately conceived (as was the clunky attempt at a pun with this album’s title). Great writing, playing, production – hooks galore. Top-notch pop stuff. No shame. Not ever.
Sample Track: Lucky Star
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