Picks and Pans Review: True Confessions

updated 08/11/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/11/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bananarama

Yes, we have no originality. This 7-year-old British trio—Sarah Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward—can sound smoothly seductive, and their producers package them in slick, dancercised arrangements. Ready or Not, for instance, is a track with a lot of vitality and a sense of fun. Even that, though, has a whitened-out sort of Motown sound. More Than Physical comes close to the Pointers' I'm So Excited, the samba-tinged Dance With a Stranger could have come out of the current edition of Brasil 66, and Venus, the hot single off this LP, is an excruciatingly mechanical retread of the 1969 No. 1 hit by Shocking Blue. In other words this is a group (or bunch) that does not seem to be making the impression it ought to. Their name remains the most memorable thing about them. (Polydor)

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