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Album Review

Swing Out Sister was one of New Adult Contemporary's early flagship acts, but while the duo of keyboardist Andy Connell and Basia-like singer Corinne Drewery have made their mark focusing on traditional brassy soul elements, they make a slight miscalculation on this effort by trying to be too deep, too jazzy and too emotional. A few of the later cuts (most notably the lively "That's The Way It Goes") capture the swinging, horn drenched spirit of their most engaging hits, but getting there is a slow, somewhat laborious process. The grooves on most of the tracks aim for a moody stylishness, and not even Drewery's romantically crisp phrasing can transcend the mellow often enough. Not surprisingly, their explosive cover of the old Delfonics hit "La La Means I Love You," which returns the duo to the sound they have the greatest affinity for, is also the most engaging venture here. The Living Return is not a misguided effort by any means, simply blander than the previous products of their sassified charm.

Customer Reviews

More than just "Breakout"

I was pulled into SOS because of "Breakout" and "Am I The Same Girl" simply because I thought I'd take advantage of their one-hit-wonder status when those songs were popular. I was pleasantly surprised as I started to preview their other albums. Like a great food dish, the recipe calls for diverse elements to make it special--the same goes for SOS. Part Jazz, part House/Trance/Techno, part Pop/Adult Contemporary...whatever you call it, it's all good. Corrine's voice has been compared to that of Dusty Springfield (ad nauseum IMO), but I feel that she's closer to Lisa Stansfield. She can be sultry and sassy in the same verse and has that quality that makes you want to listen again and again. SOS serves many purposes for me...I can do house chores to it, sit on the porch and chill with a glass of wine and friends as well as serve as a fun background mix for a party. You can't do wrong with this album as well as the rest of SOS's library.

Perfect Sunday Morning Grooves!!!!!

This group is totally underrated...If you like deep groves marked by a steady and regular sultry sounds, then you have come to the right place...It is actually good to listen at any time and any place..., but on Sunday mornings is like going to church...did I mention that I was agnostic?..Swing on!!!...sisters...

Swing Out Sister is Incredible!

I have every Swing Out Sister album that I can find, and I have yet to hear a song that I don't like. I cannot say that about any other group. Some day I would love to go where they are live and experience that, but as far as this album goes, I cannot say enough great things about it!


Formed: 1985 in Manchester, Lancashire, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Swing Out Sister's music is unashamedly commercial pop, their impeccable indie credentials (keyboardist Andy Connell and drummer Martin Jackson were formerly of A Certain Ratio and Magazine, and singer Corrine Drewery had no professional experience at all before joining), jazz-tinged arrangements, and knack for clever hooks move them closer to the indie dance territory of St. Etienne or late period Everything But the Girl than to the cookie-cutter dance-pop of Kylie Minogue or Paula Abdul....
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