This is Bananarama's third album, and could arguably be considered its strongest. Although "True Confessions" will always be best remembered for Bananarama's seminal "Venus" smash, there's much more than meets the eye on this album. In fact, those who are looking for more of the same glitz and camp featured on "Venus" will find themselves with something much darker, challenging and ultimately more satisfying.
From the tribal rhythms of the opening title track right to the amibitious "Hooked on love" (the last official track of the album, right before it gets to the bonus tracks), the trio worked hard at coming up with thoughtful lyrics about twisted relationships and states of the heart that so many of us could relate to. The album notably features a stunning trio of outstanding songs : "A trick of the night", "Dance with a stranger", "In a perfect world", each seguing beautifully into the next one, featuring gorgeous vocal harmonies and emotional lyrics. In fact, these three complex, pensive and longing songs are some of the most amazing work that this band has ever come up with, and stand miles away from the superficial pop songs that they would eventually come up with by the end of the 80s. The rest of the songs on "True Confessions" are quite good, with standouts such as "More than physical", "Ready or not" and "Promised land".
This reissue provides a generous serving of seven bonus tracks; the ballad "Ghost" is especially arresting, while B-Sides such as "White train", "Scarlett" and "Set on you" are quite worth the purchase. The single remixes of "A trick of the night" and "More than physical" are nice additions, but they don't come close to the original versions. "Risking a romance" is a fun pop track that was originally included on "The Secret of my Success" soundtrack, and it's nice to finally have it included on a Bananarama album.