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Girl You Know It's True

Milli VanilliAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000008IH8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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113 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album With an Unfortunate History. June 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Milli Vanilli was one of the greatest success stories which quickly turned into one of the biggest scandals of the late '80s/early 90s. The duo of Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan were riding high as instant superstars with their album "Girl You Know It's True" which spawned five top 10 hits (three of which went to No.1) and went nearly 10 times platinum. Then, in 1990, their success turned to disgrace when record producer Frank Farian revealed that Pilatus and Morvan weren't the actual singers on the album. This led to one of the greatest backlashes in music history (one that possibly rivals John Lennon's statements about the Beatles and Jesus Christ).
The history and scandal behind the "Girl You Know It's True" album has gotten in the way of what the record truly is - an album of great energetic dance/pop. From the opening orchestral hits of the title track all the way to the tender ballad "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You", the album is a solid effort with its unique production and music arrangements. The vocal work performed by Brad Howell and John Davis (who did most of the vocals on the album) along with Charles Shaw (who sang "Girl's.." title track) and The Rocco Sisters(who sing all the female lead vocals) is extraordinary. Howell's delivery on "Blame it On The Rain" shows just why this song became the big hit that it did while Davis's cross between rap and singing on nearly all the tracks was of greater quality than most popular rap acts at the time.
With all the great music on this album, it's easy to see why people soaked it all up when it was released. It's also easy to see why people became so angry when the story behind the album was revealed. The unfortunate circumstances behind Milli Vanilli led to some tragic results.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forget the scandal...what matters is the MUSIC May 11, 2004
By eric_f
Format:Audio CD
It has almost become a stigma to own this album and actually admit that one likes it. But I for one have no shame in saying that I think it's great. Yeah, yeah, we all know about the infamous scandal with Milli Vanilli. But should that be a valid reason for judging this album? Hardly. Listen to the new Britney Spears album: on some songs her voice is so digitally altered that she almost sounds like a robot. One could argue that she isn't really singing on her album either. And there are plenty more artists out there who fall into the same category.
For the most part, Girl You Know It's True is a fantastic listen. The songs are well composed and have a great vibe. From a lyrical standpoint it's nothing profound, but then again this music is to make one feel good, not to convey life-changing deep messages. Take it for what it is. The most memorable songs are of course the hits like the title cut and "Blame It On The Rain." But there are many other gems as well, such as the nice ballad "I'm Gonna Miss You" and the funky "All Or Nothing." I didn't give it 5 stars because a few songs just aren't as memorable as the other stronger ones. But taken as a whole, Girl You Know It's True is a great listen. An album that will go down in history for all the wrong reasons. But that doesn't take away from what matters most: the music.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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With the popularity of Puff Daddy's and others use of sampling others' songs to create new material, it should not really matter in the case of Milli Vanilli, who really stirred up a hornet's nest in the early 1990s and even have to give back an award.

OK, so they said they were singing their songs but in fact they were merely lip-syncing (Britney lip-syncing in concert and me paying $80 for a ticket is worse - at least she made up for that in her performing and Jazzy renditions of here early hits) to songs recorded and sung by a their band. I guess in concert the vocals were tracked and the band played live. I heard that Depeche Mode does this but with some or all of the special effects used in their songs - at least in the 1980's. What it all adds up to is two front men performing (lip-syncing and dancing) and made had a darn good routine doing it. After all the dust settled, the "Real Milli Vanilli" would come forward, revealing the band and singers who backed the duo but this time doing their own material.

Having found out this duo does not take away from the music itself, Milli Vanilli have made a name for themselves as performers even if they did not actually sing the material.

Track Listing
1. Girl You Know It's True
2. Blame It On The Rain
3. Take It As It Comes
4. Baby Don't Forget My Number
5. Dreams To Remember
6. All Or Nothing
7. It's Your Thing
8. I'm Gonna Miss You
9. More Than You'll Ever Know
10. Girl You Know It's True (NY Subway Mix)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heck with the Scandal this is Great Music! February 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Milli Vanilli were big during my college days. They took the country by storm and everybody was listening to their stuff. Then of course the unfortunate scandal. But I say, heck with the scandal and heck with who was singing the songs. The songs are there, they are good and I enjoy them. Blame it on the Rain is one of my favorites. Girl You Know Its True and all the others are just classics. These are good dance songs and sing a longs too.

Gotta blame it on somethin'!
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