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"Like a Prayer" Is an Uneven Pop Phenomenon

Rock critic Ken Tucker appreciates Madonna's provocative public persona; she's used her irresistible music to create videos and commercials that make controversial use of religious iconography. But her new album can't fully match her image; Tucker says there are too many ballads and not enough pop hooks.

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Other segments from the episode on March 30, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 30, 1989: Interview with Dennis King; Review of Madonna's album "Like a Prayer"; Interview with Ntozake Shange; Review of the film "Heathers."

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