True Confessions Import
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2007 digitally remastered and expanded reissue of this 1986 album by the most successful British girl group in Pop history featuring seven bonus tracks: 'Ghost', 'White Train', 'More Than Physical' (Single Version), 'Scarlett', 'A Trick Of The Night' (Single Version), 'Set On You' and 'Riskin' A Romance' 18 tracks total including the hits' Venus', 'More Than Physical' and more. Warner
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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.
Stand out tracks are "True Confessions","Ready Or Not","Venus" of course and "Do not Disturb".The other tracks are also strong supporting tracks worth mentioning.I rarely have so many favs. on just one album!
The title track is a real teaser,it has some great keyboard,and superb druming to go with....The initial part of this track has quite a long introduction,before the girls start singing,I find this something special and rare.Most of today's tracks just don't give us these superbly crafted no's....what do u say.The drumming is by A. Linn,he is also good at what he does!
So "true Confessions" track is definitely a rhythmic,dancey number...as usual.
"Ready Or Not" is also so HOT,I love this one too!Really god on a dance floor.They say..."Ready or not,I'm coming,and I'm gonna find U baby so U better stop runing...." mmm!!gets me excited everytime .
A bit more sultry track in here is "A Trick of The Night".This track and the previous two were produced by Swain and Jolley.It takes some time to make an impression though...but is a great one to listen.Read more ›
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Although S.A.W. provide the 'Rams with the hit (Venus, which is the one the girls will always be remembered for), it is Swain and Jolley who inevitabley steal the album, with a collection of songs about life, but with a pop edge.
I have all of the albums the girls have released in Britain and this cerainly stands out as the best. Gone are the girls weeknesses and insecurities. This album brims with confidence. Even though it was recorded in the mid-eighties, it can easily be listened to over and over again with the enjoyment it provided originally.
The title track sports a bass rhythm synth and drum machine and the instrumentation seems smoother and richer, although with a reduced tempo compared to adrenalized burst of their Deep Sea Skiving songs. With string-synths and other keyboards slightly reminiscent of Eurythmics, "Ready Or Not" seem to drown out the girls' harmonies in this mid-paced dance number.
With a weird swirling keyboards opening, followed by a sax, the drum-machine backed ballad "Trick Of The Night" was the Rams' third single here on the night life, focusing on a lady's man who has a different life. "but the wind comes through you try to sell your soul/everyway you go it's a long way/now you're no longer just the boy next door/when they were falling in love with that clean cut smart change of style/just for a lttle while." When I first heard it, I questioned its validity as a single. Now, I think it's one of their best.
"Dance With A Stranger" is another low-key delight that missing link between light Brit-pop and samba or easy jazz, what with the piano, vibes and percussion. The lush string synths kick in during the chorus: "before we kiss the world goodbye (it's only a breath away)/one more dance before you die (so tender as the music plays)/there's no emotion only passion in your cry/love is the last thing on your mind when you dance with a stranger." And this verse vividly adds to this portrait of loneliness on a dance floor. "the spinning room the cold caress/I try to hide my loneliness/cheek to cheek we let the evening drift by/the hollow mask has disappeared/we drown our love through salty tears/the state of night is like a racing car/ I now see you for what you really are." The sax solo that comes in really adds to the jazz flavour of this standout cut.
The spoken word intro spells out the grim tone of the low-key dance song "Love is easy. No complications, in a perfect world" However, the cold hopelessness of the world make sit far from perfect: "His heart is willing/but the world's so cold/oh, how he longs for someone real to hold." The Rams have it down when they sing "All we need is understanding/love is easy/maybe tomorrow we'll try again (no complications)/in a perfect world."
With their infectious cover of The Shocking Blue's "Venus", the Rams dip their toes in the Stock-Aitken-Waterman ocean they would be swimming in with their Wow album. A deservedly #1 hit in the US, with the jangly guitar, bopping drum machine, and Mike Stock's keyboards. This is the most danceable hit for the Rams, until equally body-slammers such as "Love In The First Degree" and "I Want You Back" from Wow, came along.
"Do Not Disturb" is nice danceable fun about a weekend for two spent alone that turns cloudy when the girl turns up alone. Could've been a single. "A Cut Above The Rest" is slowed filler, while "Promised Land" is passable dance fare.
The second Stock-Aitken-Waterman song here, "More Than Physical" flopped Stateside, but this second single wasn't all that bad even though it's a comedown compared to "Venus."
The sermonizing anti-drug "Hooked On Love" features rapped verses and sung choruses. From a twelve-year old sucking on butane gas to a girl found in a pool of blood, the Rams say there's a better drug.
The trio would sign on with S-A-W for their next album (Exit Swain and Jolley) which would yield seven singles, including two that became dance chart 12" mixes. WOW! With the exception of the lesser tracks, True Confessions show the Rams evolving in their sound, showing their aptitude in doing lower-key tracks.
As for the material on this album, Swain & Jolley provide an adequate range of musical settings: the Euro-beach Pop of "Promised Land" is a bouncy reminder of earlier productions (like "Shy Boy"), but the rest of their tracks have darker, almost ominous settings. "Do Not Disturb" (an outtake from an aborted British album release) is a highlight, as are the sultry "Dance With A Stranger" and the strutting "Cut Above The Rest." Prior to the SAW years, Bananarama had a "big sister" appeal for many young Brits, and also had a tendency to write lyrics that offered advice, if not outright sympathy ("King of the Jungle," "Hotline To Heaven" among others). This album goes a bit too far in this regard, given the abundance of such songs. The title track, "Perfect World" and "Hooked On Love" are all examples of lyrical overkill, though well-intentioned. Some of this is probably due to Siobhan's influence, since she made it plain she was unhappy with the overtly Pop-lite material the group was best known for recording.
Like the material on the Banana's best albums, the girl's unison vocal lines provide strength as well as a charming silliness, even when they're trying to be dead serious. And in modern dance music where bigger voices had bigger hits, Bananarama won over listeners with their "everygirl" averageness...like a mini-Pep Squad. Not coincidentally, they remain a huge favorite in the Gay Community.
"True Confessions" boasts some solid songcraft and fun performances, but it's appeal is spotty, particularly for those who bought it hoping there were more songs like "Venus." Old fans (especially in the group's native Britain) weren't always pleased with the changes brought on by SAW, but this album begins the Banana's short run as Platinuum Album artists.
Though it isn't nearly as even as it's predecessor, "Bananrama," "True Confessions" is a great way to hear the transition between the two major production teams. And since it is one of only three original releases still available on CD, it's an obvious choice as well. If you're unfamiliar with "Wow!" or the Brit-only "Please Yourself," these are two SAW-produced Banana-albums that are well-worth a little searching.