Madonna: ‘True Blue’ – Album Review


Released: June 30, 1986

After a string of successful hits, Madonna released her third album True Blue in 1986. Much had changed in her life; she developed more on her image, she got married to American actor Sean Penn, and became an actress. These themes developed well enough to hold True Blue together, but focused on several themes including love, her childhood, friendship, and other themes; she went to the extent in dedicating the album to Penn. The result? Well the singles; the pregnancy pop anthem “Papa Don’t Preach”, the dramatic ballad “Live to Tell”, the Latin-flavored dance hit “La Isla Bonita”, and the courageous pop rock hit “Open Your Heart” managed to be just as successful as her previous hits.

Other album tracks were fairly good enough, including the pop referencing action thrill “White Heat”, the fast and agile synth pop gem “Jimmy Jimmy”, and the doo-wop flair of “True Blue”. Where’s the Party” and “Love Makes the World Go Round” are fairly fine pop tracks, but their comparisons make one either the filler track, or just a horribly tedious track that should have been thrown out. But thankfully True Blue has only one or two skippable tracks, making it a rather catchy and fun album, while retaining a newly-grown mature image.

Track list (Bold means best tracks)

  1. Papa Don’t Preach ~Liam’s favorite~
  2. Open Your Heart
  3. White Heat
  4. Live to Tell
  5. Where’s the Party
  6. True Blue
  7. La Isla Bonita
  8. Jimmy Jimmy
  9. Love Makes The World Go Round


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