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
355 Ratings
355 Ratings
Drew Armani ,

True Blue

This is Madonna at her best. She was completely untouchable by 1986 and in some ways could do no wrong. This album talks about Madonna’s visions of love, dreams, hopes, and disappointments. Inspired by her then husband Sean Penn. This is the album that made her Madonna the superstar and global icon and has aged gracefully.

Bubblefly ,

Iconic

Vintage hits that are timeless... sort of.

yensid98 ,

True Blue Classic

This is the album where Madonna cemented her hold on pop and US culture in general. Five of the nine tracks were released as singles. All of them made the top 5. Three went #1. In short it was a massive smash. A gleaming success that hasn't lost a bit of it's shine 30 years on.

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