With this album, Madonna seems to be grabbing the reigns of her career. She has a more adult sound here than in her previous efforts, and she cowrote and coproduced all of the songs. The album secured her place in pop music as more than just a throwaway artist that would be "here today, gone tomorrow."
The first single, Live to Tell, is probably her strongest ballad ever. The hit song Open Your Heart and La Isla Bonita still hold today.
There are some great songs here that were never released as singles. Where's the Party is a fun song that got the remix treatment on her You Can Dance disc. White Heat is as close to rock song as she gets on the album. She has a fun and forceful vocal on this song, which also features sound clips from the classic movie of the same name.
The title song, True Blue, is a little too sappy for my tastes and the weakest of all the tracks for me. My only real complaint with the collection is that, at nine tracks, it is a bit too short.