Nile Rodgers produced Like a Virgin, Madonna's second LP; he also played guitar on much of it and brought in ex-Chic partners Bernard Edwards on bass and Tony Thompson on drums. Rodgers wisely supplies the kind of muscle Madonna's sassy lyrics demand. Her light voice bobs over the heavy rhythm and synth tracks like a kid on a carnival ride. On the hit title song, Madonna is all squeals, bubbling over the bass line from the Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself." She doesn't have the power or range of, say, Cyndi Lauper, but she knows what works on the dance floor.
Still, some of the new tracks don't add up. Her torchy ballad "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" is awful. The role of the rejected lover just doesn't suit her. Madonna's a lot more interesting as a conniving cookie, flirting her way to the top, than as a bummed-out adult.
- Bron: Rolling Stone