Spandau Ballet – True

North London fops' third album, remastered for 20th anniversary

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Recorded at Nassau’s Compass Point studio, True gave Spandau a brief taste of US success. With the ubiquitous title track signalling a change from the thrift-shop electronic funk of their first two albums, Gary Kemp established his credentials as a craftsman of MOR soul. But Tony Hadley’s mannered vocal highlighted the lack of substance in the pallid “Pleasure”, the crass “Code Of Love” and the glutinous “Gold”. This ungenerous reissue is just the original album supplemented by home video footage from the recording sessions, but the music still sounds lame.

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