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liamk97
post Feb 19 2017, 02:23 PM
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February is the month of love and, coincidentally, it's been 30 years since 'Open Your Heart' - one of Madonna's biggest and best pledges for love - reached #1 on the Billboard charts.

The story goes that 'Open Your Heart' started out as a rock and roll number for Cyndi Lauper, but was eventually given the dance-pop treatment from Patrick Leonard and became the first recording in the True Blue sessions. It's hard to deny that, in its final form, 'Open Your Heart' is 80s pop at its finest. Madonna knows the importance of holding the listener's attention at every point of a song, right from the moment the first few notes kick in, and this intro is nothing short of striking. The original drum beat getting started; the twinkly keyboard melody; the whispered "watch out!" that assures the listener they're about to be be witness to something truly remarkable - it's all so exciting and throws you right into the song. Madonna mixes sadness and hope in the verses as she plays with the idea of there being a special someone for everyone but recognises that, for various reasons, there may be something preventing this love from truly igniting. The chorus, as ever, summaries the main message of the song through short and snappy hooks; Madonna uses an analogy of keys and locks fitting to represent two people compatible with one another, with an encouragement to push through the trials and tribulation to allow the love to flourish. It's a simple message but one that works so well in pop and it gives Madonna the chance to really sell the track with her yearning, high and low ranged vocal.

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post Feb 19 2017, 02:24 PM
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post Feb 21 2017, 12:38 PM
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What a great opener for the WTG tour, the BA was kind of a repeat performance.

OYH was my fav MDNA performance.

I love this track, i like that her vocals are quite deep here, not the hardest to sing along to in tune lol.

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post Feb 21 2017, 04:31 PM
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i love her but Cyndi would have murdered this.
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post Feb 21 2017, 10:17 PM
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Amazing song. wub.gif wub.gif

A lot of longing in this.
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post Feb 21 2017, 11:04 PM
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This is one of her purest, most honest and beautiful songs ever. It ranks so highly for me and it has stood the test of time wonderfully. A truly incredible cry for love :'(
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post Feb 21 2017, 11:05 PM
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NOTHING BUT LOVE 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙
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post Feb 21 2017, 11:09 PM
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One of her very best
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post Feb 26 2017, 01:09 PM
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Fabulous song! I never got it when I was younger but it has now risen so far ahead of the other True Blue singles for me, easily in her top 10 of all time. wub.gif
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post Feb 26 2017, 02:26 PM
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It's great to see so much love for this! The True Blue singles are so incredibly solid but I think this could be my second fave, just behind 'Papa Don't Preach'.

Should have been a single after 'Papa' with 'True Blue' taking the Christmas release, I think.
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post Mar 4 2017, 02:13 PM
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QUOTE(vibe @ Feb 21 2017, 12:38 PM) *
What a great opener for the WTG tour, the BA was kind of a repeat performance.

OYH was my fav MDNA performance.

The crowd interaction on the MDNA performance is great but I feel the joy and euphoria is no longer present in the song. The Who's That Girl Tour performance captures that wonderfully; I particularly like how natural and unpolished it is with her just skipping around the stage with a big grin on her face.
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