MADONNA. The very word conjures up the epitome of a superstar, who defined not only music in the 80′s but really, changed the face of women in pop music. And with this, her inaugural release, we met her for the very first time in 1983, with the release of her first single, “Everybody.”

We hear the songs today and they seem fluffy and fun, but at the time, it was cutting-edge dance music — setting the stage for decades to come. The synths are bubbly yet driven, with gritty guitars woven in — much like Madonna herself, sugar and spice, more that meets the eye. From the slow, bell-like chiming intro of Borderline to the driving “Burning Up”, the album contains classic tracks for any Madonna aficionado.

I saw her for the first time writhing on the floor (perhaps on American Bandstand?) singing “Lucky Star”, which hooked me instantly, and I knew I was seeing something – someone- different than I ever had before. Her voice, the synthesizers, the overt staring almost defiantly into the camera made me realize this wasn’t the last we would see of her. Madonna did, and does, have a knack for a hook: “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight…”

The album was small but mighty, originally featuring just 8 songs — most depicting overt sexuality or “the chase” as in “Physical Attraction”, or at the very least, unbridled abandon (“Dance and sing, get up and do your thing…”) To me, one of the standouts was the lesser known, almost plaintive “I Know It” which still, through the depiction of a failing relationship, manages to be absolutely bouncy.

It’s no wonder with this initial effort that Madonna quickly launched into the stratosphere, each album getting huger and huger. In this album, we get the privilege to hear how it all began and how she evolved– and yet it’s still relevant today.

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  • NauticalLion Jan 07, 2014 @ 4:33 pm
    Madonna was one of my top favorites to listen to growing up. I will always remember sitting in front of the record player (record cover in hand), singing La Isla Bonita endlessly. Still one of my favorite songs. Love, love, love Madonna!
  • libertyduckling Jan 05, 2014 @ 4:34 pm
    great music!
  • CarolHoule Jan 05, 2014 @ 10:54 am
    Madonna, my inspiration. Her music, dance and style shaped my fashion of dress, hair, makeup, accessories and dance. We are the same age; she led the way and thus we pulled it off beautifully! The change she brought was welcomed by teens, young adults, and even the not so young.
  • flora-crew Jan 04, 2014 @ 11:49 pm
  • Steve_Kaye Jan 04, 2014 @ 12:31 pm
    Madonna was certainly a master at being just different enough to fascinate the public.
  • tonyleather Jan 04, 2014 @ 7:18 am
    One of my absolute favourite female singers! So individual and iconic, and with a great voice! Nice lens, thanks!
  • serendipity831 Jan 03, 2014 @ 9:39 pm
    Excellent choice for a first lens. Madonna is and always will be the Queen of Pop! Welcome to Squidoo.
  • TheApril Jan 03, 2014 @ 2:57 pm
    The Immaculate Collection is one of my all-time favorite collections.
  • Susan52 Jan 03, 2014 @ 10:50 am
    Awesome retrospectical (is that a word?) review!