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White Lie - 1980 True Confessions

ARTIST: White Lie
ALBUM: True Confessions
LABEL: Streetwise Records
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Krystel Love - lead vocals, keyboards, guitars * Ken Schroder - lead vocals, bass * Scott Finch - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Steve Gregg - guitars, vocals * Gregg Saber - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Ruin Me * 02 29 * 03 Substitute * 04 Are You My Lady * 05 Hold On * 06 You * 07 Show Me * 08 Holiday * 09 Don't Tell Me * 10 Ravina * 11 Mr Chips

Indie AOR from Wisconsin, White Lie recorded just one album which was more than enough in my opinion, but we'll get to that in a minute. From what I gather, White Lie had been working for a while prior to this record, playing in and around the Milwaukee area and soaking up various musical styles along the way. Spearheaded by guitarist Scott Finch with drummer Gregg Saber, Finch has since gone on to record several psychedelic blues CD's as a solo artist and with his group Gypsy. I haven't heard anything he's done in this area, but apparently he has an extensive following.

The Songs
I have encountered so many private label AOR albums over the years that I think I've become desensitized to the good, the bad and the ugly. How many reputed 'classics' fetching big bucks have you bought only to be disappointed with nothing more than cheap bar band rock? Exactly.. and that's what we have with 'True Confessions' and a cover that tells the tale. That's lead vocalist Krystel Love being interrogated by the band and it's sad to say, she's the only attractive aspect about the record and I'm not talking about her voice. Alright, she's not that bad, but a little more excitement in her vocals would have helped. Songs like 'Don't Ruin Me' and '29' are average, but listenable while 'Are You My Lady' is a nice little pop ditty that sounds more 1982 than 1980. Fans of Sue Saad & the Next and Pearl Harbor & the Explosions will appreciate the new wave vibe and cheesy synths, but I just can't escape the image in my minds eye of White Lie playing between a red shag carpeted stage and a low Styrofoam ceiling in a wood paneled and empty VFW hall somewhere in darkest Milwaukee.

In Summary
Recently copies of True Confessions' have been showing up on a couple reputable dealers web sites. Someone must have found a box somewhere and in light of Scott Finch's growing reputation, there's going to be people who'll buy it only to be very, very disappointed. Don't be one of them.

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#1 | englandashes on February 16 2009 21:23:54
So it's cover has been blown!, this was on my list, due to a comment in a catalogue that contain pages of listings of rare aor, the comment on this one was 'pretty cool aor', actually it seems to be stone cold, thanks for the notice, eric!
#2 | super80boy on January 26 2013 16:59:02
It's actually not that rare and can be picked up for modest prices. If you like female led synth AOR rock with hints of new wave, then this one is for you.
#3 | gdazegod on September 03 2016 08:45:05
Just picked this up. I quite like it. If female fronted power pop/new wave is your thing..
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