True Confessions Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Another great album by these gals! The remas version is great. Flawless! I have all there albums on lp from the 80s cause there still fun to have, but having a remas. Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by michael n los angeles
I love this CD back in the 1980s and still even now. I have always loved Bananarama's sassiness and the song choices exudes it. By all means, buy it.Published on May 2, 2010 by James Odom
I have to admit that without "Venus" this album wouldn't have gotten 5 stars from me. I like all the songs, but there's only 1 or 2 more that are strong enough to stand on their... Read morePublished on June 6, 2009 by Jeffrey S. Weatherill
True Confessions is classic Bananarama, always a good listen. Of course all the tracks sound clearer, and sharper remastered, a big bonus. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by William
This is Bananarama's third album. It was originally released in 1986 and is 46 minutes long.
The original CD is out of print. This is a re-issue. Read more
This is Bananarama's third album. It was released in 1986 and is 46 minutes long. The sound quality is very good. Read morePublished on September 27, 2006 by kireviewer
This cd is superior! Sooo many good songs on this album, I, personally don't care that most reviews may claim it's cheezy, that's a matter of opinion. Read morePublished on February 18, 2006 by Kenneth M. Haley
Perhaps you've heard "Venus"? DUH! This track may bring you in, but it's the remaining "Confessions" on this LP that will keep you. Read morePublished on November 27, 2005 by Stefan Hayes
I really like this album from 1986 by Bananarama, 1st had it on tape, now on c.d. I like the fact on this album the band wanted to be taken as more serious and mature as one can... Read morePublished on October 1, 2005 by William