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Envy - 1987 Ain't It A Sin

ALBUM: Ain't It A Sin
SERIAL: 90605-1
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2005, Wounded Bird, WOU-605


LINEUP: Rhonni Stile - vocals * Gina Stile - guitars * Billy Spencer - bass * Danny Kapps - drums

Additional Musicians: Alan St. John - keyboards * Arthur Stead - additional keyboards on track 2 * Taylor Dane - additional backing vocals * Dee Snider - producer

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ain't It A Sin * 02 I Believe In You * 03 Heartache * 04 Lie Here Waiting * 05 Wait On You * 06 You're So Hot * 07 All The Reasons * 08 I See The Light (Let Me Rock N Roll) * 09 I'm Not Your Lover * 10 Hurt Me

Here's a female fronted outift revolving around the sister duo of Rhonni and Gina Stile. Envy were formed upon the departure of guitarist Gina from her all female rock band Poison Dollys who released one album back in 1985. From New York, the band had assistance from Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider once a deal had been signed with Atco Records. The overall impression is an edgier version of Heart and Scandal, but without the glossy production. To get around it, the band bought in Arthur Stead (Frehleys Comet) and Alan St John (Billy Squier) to flesh out the sound with a ton of keyboards. Still (or is that Stile?), a bunch of good songs can be found here, without completely blowing you off the map.

The Songs
Leading off with the title track, Envy announce themselves with an anthemic sing-a-long tune, complete with urgent riffs and a keyboard underbelly. Melodic keyboards introduce 'I Believe In You', a big sounding semi-ballad that has all the attributes that made Heart big back in 1985. Plenty of chugga-chugga guitar on 'Heartache' whereas 'Lie Here Waiting' drops into third gear mid-tempo but does have a nice chorus. Attracting a lot of attention are the razor sharp pairing of 'Wait On You' and 'I'm Not Your Lover' - reminding us of why Scandal's 'The Warrior' album was so good. 'You're So Hot' is a carbon-copy of what we've heard already, but 'All The Reasons' offers up something slightly different, with its patient verse build-up.

In Summary
Envy didn't progress much beyond this album - a shame really, some good promise here. Only Gina Stile went onto any distinction, appearing with 80's female rock queens Vixen. She appeared on their comeback album 'Tangerine' during 1997, and was also part of an all-star Heart tribute band called Bad Animals featuring some prominent members. Just to ensure this album didn't completely disappear off the map, the good folk at Wounded Bird Records released 'Ain't It A Sin' on CD during 2005, so it should be easy to acquire for those of you who are interested.

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 15:46:51
This is Ok, nothing special, some goodish tracks, but have heard alot better Female fronted bands in this genre
#2 | reyno-roxx on June 27 2008 14:31:56
I literally bumped into Poison Dollys bassist Mef Manning in the Empire State Building in New York once. She was every bit as gorgeous in the flesh as she was on the album cover!
#3 | super80boy on May 21 2013 02:41:04
Being a big fan of female fronted melodic rock AOR bands, this one off album did not disappoint. You can definitely hear the Heart references coming through. Great album all the way around.
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