Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

gdazegod
19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

gdazegod
12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1987 Articles » Envy - 1987 Ain't It A Sin
 
Envy - 1987 Ain't It A Sin



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

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

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


Background
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.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
 
Comments
#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.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Deep Purple - 1990 Slaves And Masters, Deacon Street Project - 2004 Deacon Street Project, Bishop And Gwinn - 1979 This Is Our Night, Damon, Jesse - 2013 Temptation In The Garden Of Eve, Stewart, Kenny - 2010 The Brains Behind The Scam, Coney Hatch - 1982 Coney Hatch, Shoes - 1981 Tongue Twister, Covered Call - 2009 Money Never Sleeps, Starcastle - 2007 Interview with Mark Rubel, Steve Tassler and Matt Stewart, Heroes - 1980 Border Raiders, Something Wicked - 1998 Something Wicked, Thread - 1995 Thread, O'Neill, Sharon - 1983 Foreign Affairs, Dianno - 1984 Dianno, Heartplay - 2004 Where The Dead Ends Meet
Tags©
Cold Chisel Robert Plant Spiders From Mars Cheryl Dilcher Joshua The Korgis Stark and O Brien Iron Mask Uriah Heep UFO Motley Crue Vince Neil Red Wine Iron Maiden ABBA Agnetha Faltskog David Bowie Renegade (USA) Kix Craft Geoffrey Downes Slick Band Presto Ballet The Who Harem Scarem Susie Hatton Actors And Actresses Thirty Days Out Ozz Something Corporate Babylon Rock Candy Records Kix Rock Candy Records Balance
All Tags
Search DDG