- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: London-Sire 828031 (1986)
Description by OLDIES.com:
This album originally hit #25 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and Bananrama's cover of the Shocking Blue's "Venus" hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Dance Music charts. A year after releasing this album, group member Soibhan Fahey left the band, married Dave Stewart (of the Eurhythmics) and went on to found Shakespear's Sister.
- 1.True Confessions
- 2.Ready Or Not
- 3.A Trick Of The Night
- 4.Dance With A Stranger
- 5.A Perfect World
- 7.Do Not Disturb
- 8.Cut Above The Rest
- 9.Promised Land
- 10.More Than Physical
- 11.Hooked On Love
Bananarama: Keren Woodward, Sarah Dallin, Siobhan Fahey.
Personnel: Matt Aitken (guitar, keyboards); Steve Jolley (guitar); Keith Thomas (saxophone); Garry Hughes, Andy Stennett, Mike Stock, Tony Swain (keyboards); A. Lin, A. Linn (drums).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Sarah Elizabeth Dallin; Siobhan.
1986's TRUE CONFESSIONS is Bananarama's transitional album. Though written and recorded in part with Tony Swain and Steve Jolley, the masterminds behind 1983's DEEP SEA SKIVING and 1984's BANANARAMA, the album's single, a cover of the Shocking Blue's "Venus," was the work of mid-'80s UK hit-makers Stock-Aitken-Waterman. That single-- the trio's first US #1-also inaugurated Bananarama's new, sexier, and more glamorous image.
The rest of TRUE CONFESSIONS is somewhat hit-or-miss in comparison to the earlier albums. The best tracks, like the title song, "Dance with a Stranger," and the slinky second single "Trick of the Night," are nearly the equal of such past hits as "Robert DeNiro's Waiting" or "Cheers Then." Some longtime fans were put off by the Hi-NRG beats and sleeker image, but TRUE CONFESSIONS is a fine example of mid-'80s dance pop.