4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2014
As I've said in previous reviews, it's difficult for younger generations to udnerstand what impact the release of early Madonna albums had on the youth worlwide, particularly girls. This was released as Madonna changed her image from the exciting Crucifixes / lace tights/ crop tops one, to a much more subdued, jewellery-free one. It shouldn't have worked - she cut her hair, put on less make-up, almost became a tom-boy - it was such a drastic image change you couldn't imagine any of today's stars doing it. But she made a success of it because she is Madonna and she had attutude, but also because the music was just as darn good as that we'd loved on the Like A Virgin album. Madonna was exciting because she was constantly evolving - becasue she showed that not only could a woman be fresh and influential, but she could hold her own with the men when it came to making brilliant music.
So we all awaited this LP with bated breath - woudl it be as good as Like A Virgin? What could possibly top Into The Groove? Would she go back to the long hair and Crucifixes before too long? And this is what she answered us with.
This is, quite frankly, one of the best, most defining albums of the 1980s. Not only did it macth Like A Virgin, True Blue surpassed it. Love Makes The World Go Round, White Heat, La Isla Bonita, Papa Don't Preach, True Blue - all are excellent pop songs of a quality you just don't get these days. Madonna fans knew the instant we heard it that this album was her gift to us - that she hadn't just rushed out some cod disco pap to capitalise on her fame. No, she had taken her time over this, and given us a great album full of pop highlights. We may no longer have been singing Like A Virgin and declaring ourselves Material Girls for a laugh, but we were amazed at the message in Papa Don't Preach, and the great beat behind it. In Open Your Heart, Madonna made the simple removal of a pair of gloves into a sexy move. Every girl wanted to be Madonna in those days.
I don't think any female singer will ever again have the impact Madonna did. She not only gave us great music, but she became a massive part of our popular culture - in fact, she threw up our pop culture and turned it on it's head. Suddenly, in the greed-driven excesses of the 80s world, it was good to be a woman. We weren't second-class citizens anymore - we had a voice and we'd shout until we were heard. Getting noticed was no longer bad manners. And above all else - above the Poison Penn tabloid stories, the Like A Virgin video, the rumoured Marilyn Monroe obsession - Madonna helped us to express ourselves by giving us the perfect soundtrack to our lives. Purely excellent pop.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Its often been coined as a summary of 80's synth-pop, though I'd personally argue that Madonnas 'True Blue' escapes a variety of the cliched' sounds we've come to associate with the era. In fact, its not such a bad summary afterall.
From a period when the young girl herself was indeed human (and didn't require 23 hours-a-day of yoga to stay in shape), we hear an album that presents many issues of the young, lending Madonna a guise of worship even though she herself barely broke sweat in making the album. 'Papa Don't Preach' is of course the lead document - a cry for understanding when the characters are blessed - or indeed doomed - by a child at such a young age. From here on its all about the energy, with 'Open Your Heart' (could be re-titled 'Open Your Cover Versions) lifting the mood, 'Wheres The Party' asking a genuine question in itself and 'Jimmy Jimmy' making both a humorous and thoughtful statement on the life of one Hollywood legend - though equally, asking the age-old question of why foolish girls date... fools!
Extended with a few bonus tracks for good measure, this isn't an album to be missed. It could be said that it demonstrates the 'right side' of 80's popular music, since its typical reverb and stage-drums are somewhat flat enough to avoid scarring your ears for life (unlike Bruce Springsteen), but all the while, its so potently synthetic that you can't help feel happy from giving it a blast. A seminal album from this mysterious character.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2009
As I did with my review of Madonna's first album (remastered), I will start with comments on the actual track list, followed be comments on the digitally remastered version.
TRUE BLUE, in my mind, is probably Madonna at her most inspirational. Other flashes of excellence like RAY OF LIGHT and LIKE A PRAYER may indeed receive mention, but it is this album that will always peg Madonna as a serious and brilliantly gifted artist. Five songs were released to great success internationally, viz. "Live To Tell", "Papa Don't Preach", "Open Your Heart", "True Blue" and "La Isla Bonita". Moreover, "White Heat" was a fairly large hit in South Africa, and "Where's The Party" stormed the charts throughout the Far East. It is this latter song which begs to be remodelled and re-released in time for Madonna's upcoming Greatest Hits package (the 2nd "Immaculate Collection"). I personally fail to understand why this song was never released internationally in the first place.
The album opens with "Papa Don't Preach" - a superbly composed, poetic tune that sets a rather gloomy ambience. This is followed by "Open Your Heart", an upbeat, inspiring piece which is full of energy and aplomb. "White Heat" ensues, with a child-like theme akin to "cops `n robbers". We are then confronted by some hauntingly beautiful material in "Live to Tell", probably one of Madonna's strongest and most sincere ballads to date. This seriousness fails to last though, for "Where's The Party" lifts the spirits once again, as the lyrics ask us to "free our souls" and "lose control". Succeeding this wonderful dance tune is the title track, "True Blue", a love-inspired pop song, full of imagination and excited girliness. This is followed by "La Isla Bonita", a Spanish-influenced pop tune with catchy lyrics and seductive percussion. "Jimmy Jimmy" is the next track, a bubblegum pop song which is, sadly, the weakest on the album. TRUE BLUE ends on a rather energetic note, with the South American carnival-style influence in "Love Makes The World Go Round" - a fitting finalé to a well-rounded, tireless pop album.
The remodelled version of this 1986 album can simply be described as "impeccable". "Digitally Remastered" it is, and in more ways than one. The entire package has been enhanced, including the lyrics booklet and back cover. Fans will be delighted at the inclusion of a full-length TRUE BLUE picture within the lyrics booklet (as was featured in the original cassette version).
One finds it hard to believe the clarity of each song on this refreshingly enhanced CD. Like the remastered first album, some tunes on TRUE BLUE sound even more dance oriented than before - as their beats are far more distinctive and vibrant. "Where's The Party" and "Open Your Heart" are examples. In fact, "Where's The Party" sounds far more exciting than it originally did! The drums throb, and the synthesisers are lucid and precise. The inclusion of two bonus tracks will please many fans. "True Blue" (The Colour Mix) is definitely one of my favourites. Shep Pettibone was a master at remixing Madonna tracks, and this one is no exception. "La Isla Bonita" (Extended Remix), however, is not characteristically different to the album version - it is merely an extended version, and not nearly as polished as something Pettibone would have performed.
The digitally remastered version of "True Blue" is phenomenal, and is a must for the fan and the musically informed. It certainly is worthy of being nominated "Top 10 Album Of All Time".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2012
I had this album on vinyl but never got round to replacing it on CD until now. The price being a lot lower than was 20 years ago and already having most of Madonna's output on CD it seemed about time. I can honestly say I did not expect it to sound so fresh and immediate or make quite such an impact on me; I played it continuously for days. These songs are timeless and have worn really well; Papa Don't Preach, Open Your Heart, White Heat, Live To Tell - the first 'side' as per vinyl is literally one classic after another. But I was also pleasantly surprised at how I really liked tracks like Jimmy Jimmy that I regarded as filler 25 years ago. The remastering is excellent.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2004
This the point where Madonna became critically acclaimed, and it is still a stand out album. It sold by the bucket loads, and whilst the album only comes with 9 tracks (+ the 2 added remixes on this remastered version), its not hard to see why.
Packed with hits such as: Papa don't preach, Open your heart, Live to tell, La Isla Bonita, and True blue, and fan favourites, Love makes the world go round and Where's the party, this album is like a trip down memory lane.
The best remix here is for La Isla, which uses the gorgeous backing vocals to full effect, and is basicaly an extended version.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2008
I would believe that this album was her first masterpiece upon both an artistic and creative level, and that most of the singles on it are timeless classics.
However, a couple of the songs in my opinion are pretty poor, and could have been replaced with better tracks, thus making the whole album a much better one. But still, I would consider it (due to the the great tracks that are on it) her best album out of any of the first three.
My personal ratings:
Papa Don't Preach - 5/5
Open Your Heart - 3/5
White Heat - 3/5
Live To Tell - 5/5
Where's The Party - 4/5
True Blue - 4/5
La Isla Bonita - 5/5
Jimmy Jimmy - 1/5
Love Makes The World Go Round - 2/5
on 15 October 2013
This album contains some of Madonna's greatest singles, and a couple of fillers.
1. Papa Don't Preach - Having a baby but scared of the wrath of daddy? and Il Papa? What a great subject to sing about (I like it when people sing about proper things). Orchestral opening, 80s pop bouciness, a fab video, and a killer chorus. What is not to love! 10/10
2. Open Your Heart - Another stomping single. This is the best kind of 80s pop in my opinion! 9/10
3. White Heat - A copper! Yes, this is a good song. Very catchy, very poppy. I really like the drums in this song. 10/10
4. Live to Tell - There were always signs that Madonna's pop songs could evolve into darker territory, and they have with this track. Again, just a brilliant song, so emotive. A mid-tempo pop track/ballad that really grabs the listener. 10/10
5. Where's the Party? - This is almost a guilty pleasure of mine - oh how I love to turn this track up loid and jiggle about. It's about the end of the week, gotta escape work and go partay. 10/10
6. True Blue - a weak track. Bubblegum pop in the vein of 50s diner scene kinda vibe...I do not feel she thrives in this type of music. 2/10
7. La Isla Bonita - Madonna should do more foreign language songs, for some reason I think the different sounds really suit her voice. Brilliant latin inspired 80spop. 10/10
8. Jimmy Jimmy - Reminds me of True Blue. Urgh. 1/10
9. Love Makes the World Go Round - forgettable 1/10
This album is worth owning, the collection of stellar singles make it a must!!
on 30 March 2008
Madonna grew to new depths with Like A Virgin as she got experimental with different genres and productions and literally layered her voice and expanded herself to different levels.True Blue furthers this direction at it's most purist.
Here,Madonna achieves her growth as an artist by paying homage to the past influences for why she is the musician she is today by incorporating different genres and paying tribute to 60's power pop as well as retro style icons and dealing with the most mature of taboo subjects too!
Indeed this is the album that set her apart from the rest, and as with Like A Virgin,True Blue is the staple reason for why she is the most successful female artist in music history.and with nearly 30 million copies sold worldwide it's no wonder why this album is such a career defining achievement!
Papa don't Preach-10/10-fantastic track,this further reflected Madonna's direction as an artist.
Open your heart-10/10-another one of Madonna's greatest songs.
White Heat-10/10-very retro.
Live To Tell-10/10-fantastic ballad.
Where's the party-10/10-a real anthemic pop tune and a personal favourite song,it is an immortal song that would have made an exceptional release.
True Blue-9/10-fantastic song and very enjoyable but often neglected.
La Isla Bonita-10/10-great beat/great song and will always remain a summer anthem.
Jimmy Jimmy-10/10-a great tribute to James Dean/awesome beat.
Love Makes the world go around-9/10-strangely addictive.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2013
this is another 5* star album by the QUEEN!
Madonna really matured in this album compared to Madonna and Like a virgin. also contains some of the most iconic songs of all time. all of which are considered to be classic 80's
i think all of her fans should own a copy of this or don't call yourself a fan!
its her bestselling studio album
and its a great place to start if you haven't heard much by Madonna
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2011
Bought this album to add to my Madonna collection and it did not disappoint :)
It has some of her best hits on it like Live To Tell and La Isla Bonita which are just great, along with other songs which sounds and go great also, really shows off her talent in this album and i would highly recommend this album to any madonna fan!