True Blue

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
True Blue is the album where Madonna truly became Madonna the Superstar -- the endlessly ambitious, fearlessly provocative entertainer that knew how to outrage, spark debates, get good reviews -- and make good music while she's at it. To complain that True Blue is calculated is to not get Madonna -- that's a large part of what she does, and she is exceptional at it, but she also makes fine music. What's brilliant about True Blue is that she does both here, using the music to hook in critics just as she's baiting a mass audience with such masterstrokes as "Papa Don't Preach," where she defiantly states she's keeping her baby. It's easy to position ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
True Blue is the album where Madonna truly became Madonna the Superstar -- the endlessly ambitious, fearlessly provocative entertainer that knew how to outrage, spark debates, get good reviews -- and make good music while she's at it. To complain that True Blue is calculated is to not get Madonna -- that's a large part of what she does, and she is exceptional at it, but she also makes fine music. What's brilliant about True Blue is that she does both here, using the music to hook in critics just as she's baiting a mass audience with such masterstrokes as "Papa Don't Preach," where she defiantly states she's keeping her baby. It's easy to position anti-abortionism as feminism, but what's tricky is to transcend your status as a dance-pop diva by consciously recalling classic girl-group pop "True Blue," "Jimmy Jimmy" to snag the critics, while deepening the dance grooves "Open Your Heart," "Where's the Party", touching on Latin rhythms "La Isla Bonita", making a plea for world peace "Love Makes the World Go Round", and delivering a tremendous ballad that rewrites the rules of adult contemporary crossover "Live to Tell". It's even harder to have the entire album play as an organic, cohesive work. Certainly, there's some calculation behind the entire thing, but what matters is the end result, one of the great dance-pop albums, a record that demonstrates Madonna's true skills as a songwriter, record-maker, provocateur, and entertainer through its wide reach, accomplishment, and sheer sense of fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2007
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • EAN: 4943674060399
  • Catalog Number: 75121
  • Sales rank: 128,029

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Papa Don't Preach (4:29)
  2. 2 Open Your Heart (4:13)
  3. 3 White Heat (4:40)
  4. 4 Live to Tell (5:52)
  5. 5 Where's the Party (4:21)
  6. 6 True Blue (4:18)
  7. 7 La Isla Bonita (4:02)
  8. 8 Jimmy, Jimmy (3:55)
  9. 9 Love Makes the World Go Round (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Madonna Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Bill Meyers Strings
Jackie Jackson Background Vocals
Stephen Bray Drums, Keyboards
Keithen Carter Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Bruce Gaitsch Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Dann Huff Guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Edie Lehmann Background Vocals
Patrick Leonard Drums, Keyboards
Richard Marx Background Vocals
Jonathan Moffett Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
John Putnam Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Williams Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Fred Zarr Keyboards
Dave Boroff Saxophone
Pat Leonard Keyboards
Technical Credits
Gardner Cole Composer
Brian Elliot Composer
Stephen Bray Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Madonna Composer, Producer
Bruce Gaitsch Composer
Michael Hutchinson Engineer
Patrick Leonard Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Peter Rafelson Composer
Michael Verdick Engineer
Billy Meyers String Arrangements
Pat Leonard Producer, drum programming
Jeri McManus Art Direction
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
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