A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Madonna's The Immaculate Collection is a hits compilation from a performer who has built a career on sometimes-provocative, synth-heavy dance songs. Over the years, Madonna's work has sometimes been more sexually explicit; only a couple of the songs in this collection are in any way suggestive, but grade-school kids who love these songs and dig deeper into her catalog, and especially her videos, may find material that's less appropriate.
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What's the story?
THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION compiles 17 of Madonna's most danceable hits, from 1983's "Holiday" through 1990's "Vogue." Also included are two tracks that were new for this album: the suggestive "Justify My Love" and "Rescue Me." Synth-heavy dance-pop rules here, though the performer's persona and singing style change quite a bit over the seven years represented on the album. Ironically (remembering the "Material Girl" video), the record is certified Diamond, and is the all-time best-selling hits collection by a solo artist.
Is it any good?
The Immaculate Collection provides a decent representation of Madonna's most popular music, and changing persona, through the first seven years of her career. Dance-pop is not everyone's favorite, but this will certainly appeal to fans of Madonna and that genre. Also worth noting is the degree to which Madonna's vocal style and range evolve over the course of this album. "Lucky Star" is very stylized, for example, whereas she uses her voice much more authentically on later songs such as "Like a Prayer."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Madonna's persona has changed since the beginning of her career. What do you imagine the person singing these songs is like in the early songs vs. later songs?
What does the song "Material Girl" say to you? Do you think singing a song like this is OK?
What do you think is the message of "Papa Don't Preach"?
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