11 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Like A Virgin established Madonna as an ‘80s MTV icon, True Blue, her third album, ensured she was no flash in the pan. Bad movies would jeopardize her star-power some, but the dancefloor was always Madonna’s refuge and her image was always up for changing. This time it’s thick eyebrows and short, smart blonde locks. Still, a dancefloor diva is still not necessarily a worldwide superstar, and True Blue works with greater ambition. The dance grooves are meatier. “Open Your Heart” is unstoppable and immediate. “La Isla Bonita” tweaks a Latin rhythm. “Where’s the Party” plays up a carefree hedonist rave. But “Live to Tell” is the ballad open for contemplation and in search of beauty. “Papa Don’t Preach” is the controversial “keepin’ my baby” story-song of a young teen in conflict with parental authority, while “True Blue” pays homage to tough ‘60s girl groups. For someone well-known for her image, Madonna used True Blue to also build on her music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Like A Virgin established Madonna as an ‘80s MTV icon, True Blue, her third album, ensured she was no flash in the pan. Bad movies would jeopardize her star-power some, but the dancefloor was always Madonna’s refuge and her image was always up for changing. This time it’s thick eyebrows and short, smart blonde locks. Still, a dancefloor diva is still not necessarily a worldwide superstar, and True Blue works with greater ambition. The dance grooves are meatier. “Open Your Heart” is unstoppable and immediate. “La Isla Bonita” tweaks a Latin rhythm. “Where’s the Party” plays up a carefree hedonist rave. But “Live to Tell” is the ballad open for contemplation and in search of beauty. “Papa Don’t Preach” is the controversial “keepin’ my baby” story-song of a young teen in conflict with parental authority, while “True Blue” pays homage to tough ‘60s girl groups. For someone well-known for her image, Madonna used True Blue to also build on her music.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
366 Ratings

366 Ratings

JC Alvarez ,

WHO'S THAT GIRL?

That's what everyone was asking when Madonna released TRUE BLUE. The album was heralded with the provacative single "Papa Don't Preach" and its equally controversal video, but delivered a Madonna with a maturing sound and shattered any expectations; introducing the pop-icon that has endured through the new millennium. Madonna suddenly revealed she had something to say and would prove herself to be a powerhouse performer.

With songs like "Open Your Heart", "Where's the Party" and the haughtingly beautiful "Live to Tell" (arguably the best Madonna ballad ever), TRUE BLUE stands out has a must-have part of any album collection and featured the most stunning album cover art shot by the legendary Herb Ritts.

FeeeAgency ,

A Classic Of It's Time

After her successful second album " Like A Virgin " Madonna became a true pop icon in the entertainment world. Her second studio album " True Blue " is beautifully done, with her haunting vocals and melodies in songs such as " Live To Tell " Madonna definatly deserves two thumbs up on her stunning work!

ClassicsRox ,

A Masterpiece, Never Gets Old

This is one of my ultimate favorite albums ever, every song is amazing. The sound really reflects the decade in which it was recorded, and I can't get enough. I listen to this to take me back to 1980s, it never fails. "Live to Tell" is such a powerful song, I have to restrain myself from listening to it too often, it's one of my absolute top favorite songs. Overall this is a must have album, buy it if you want amazingly great and meaningful music. Also, I am a guy, I mostly like rock/classic rock, so this goes to show you how much respect I have for genuine artists like Madonna.

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