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Beautiful Mess

Swing Out SisterAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 19, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B0021DKXD8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Something Every Day
2. Time Tracks You Down
3. Butterfly
4. My State Of Mind
5. I'd Be Happy
6. Butterfly Lullaby
7. Secret Love (You're Invisible)
8. All I Say, All I Do
9. Out There
10. Beautiful Mess
11. Something Every Day (Little Wizard Mix)
12. Butterfly (Little Wizard Mix)
13. Something Every Day (Late Night Studio Take)
14. Breakout (Late Night Studio Take)

Editorial Reviews

U.S. pressing of this album from the British Pop/Jazz duo including two bonus tracks. Swing Out Sister rose to fame along with Sade, Carmel, Matt Bianco and other likeminded Jazz-influenced acts. Although their commercial peak came early in their career, they've continued to release albums that exude all the charm of their hits yet are filled with more maturity and emotional depth. Beautiful Mess is another step forward for the band.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I've been a "Swing Out Brutha" ever since my senior year in 1987 when I heard the tune "Breakout". Then I heard "Twilight World" and that's when I said I had to get the album titled "It's Better To Travel". Since then, I've purchased all of their recordings. Swing out sister is one of my favorite music groups of all time. I love how they re-invent themselves on each of their albums. One minute it's 60's chic,then it's 70's black action cinema meets burt bachrach,along with 60's/70's candy colored jimmy webb/jackson 5/sesame street vibes that "Shapes and Patterns" CD had produced.
The new CD titled, "Beautiful Mess" is one of swing out sister's best recordings ever. I cannot stop listening to this CD. Every song has a place in my heart. The song "I'd be happy" has a positive vibe with it's early 70's motown/dusty springfield/isaac hayes sound. "All I Say, All I do" puts you in the mind of early 70's lonnie liston smith(the sounds of lonnie's brother, vocalist donald smith , would probably come to mind),mixed in with burt bacharach and a splash of late 60's motown lounge. The song "Out there" is a "james bond/fifth dimension" type of ballad. "Out There" made me literally shed a tear cause it was so beautiful.The song "My state of mind", well, let's just say that Roy Ayers will be proud of Corrine and Andy with Roy's "70's polydor years" groove. Shame on the U.S for not promoting this great music instead of this fast food music that they are trying to shove down our throats. May God bless swing out sister for making great music and to let us know that there is a positive light in this cruel world. But anyway I highly recommend this CD.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Mess . . . This is Neat!! March 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Twenty one years after their irresistible smash hit Breakout, Swing Out Sister again proves their staying power.
Beautiful Mess is another glorious addition to a rich catalogue and is a treasure trove of beautifully crafted and performed material.
Like a fine wine Corinne Drewery's luscious tones develop with time and are pure enjoyment.
Every track is a winner: catchy pop, cinematic sweeps, lush orchestral sounds, dreamy melodies, clever key changes. Butterfly, All I Say & Do, Out There, Secret Love & Beautiful Mess are the standouts.
Long live Swing Out Sister and here's to another 21 years!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOS creates another 'Beautiful Mess' March 11, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I got this from couple weeks before amazon had it available and for better price too! What can I say about SOS? Another splendid work of art put forth by the swing duo! A different version of 'Secret Love' that is better than the original, 'Beautiful Mess', 'Butterfly' and 'Something Every Day' are all great! The little wizard mix may take getting used to (at least for me), but hey, they can't all be gems can they? Otherwise, what would you have to look forward to? And I love the retro 'do Corinne is sporting on the CD cover (circa 1986 all over again!). This CD has some of the horns of old, some of that 60's Motown feel, and some of funkadelic SOS experimental sounds - lush, sophisticated, melodious, SOS! That this has no play whatsoever in the States is a sad commentary on music (and this society in general for that matter) in America. We get the same ol' same ol' here that it is a real treasure to hear one of these every 4 years or so! I recently discovered Kate The Cat (from Germany - 2005's Love CD). It was a very nice filler between SOS releases, and had some SOS elements to the songs, but this is the real deal!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More beauty uncovered with every spin April 15, 2008
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SOS fans know that Corinne and the crew change musical flavors every so often, while not losing their distinctive sound. That's one of things we like about them and what makes their music consistently fresh.

Beautiful Mess is indeed beauty, but it's not "dressed up" beauty like Where Our Love Grows was. That was a masterpiece in its own right. But Beautiful Mess won't hit you right away. As other reviewers have indicated, the soundscape is more stark along the lines of The Living Return and Filth And Dreams. (It's not nearly as dark as Filth And Dreams, though.)

I also agree with at least one of the other reviewers that the airy, spatial sound we've been accustomed to from SOS is not present. It's closer to mono. It works with this material since the arrangements are not as dense. But this, combined with the sometimes too-loud background vocals, rate this release a semi-notch below other SOS releases for mixing.

That said, the overall sonics are great and while I love every aspect of Corinne's voice, I especially love her lower range (a la Sade). It's back on this release. Those same warm, sexy rich tones really will take you back to their first two amazing albums of the 80's -- right along with her retro haircut, lol.

I think I'm in the minority of SOS fans who love their instrumentals. I never consider them as filler. So I was a little saddened that there's only one non-lyrical track present. But it is a good one. I disagree that it is too repetitive.

Speaking of filler: there is none here. Every once in a while SOS will toss out a track that makes you think they were just tired. Nothing like that is present here on Beautiful Mess.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Great CD.
Published 11 days ago by a. s. draper
5.0 out of 5 stars " BEAUTIFUL MESS "
On a Beautiful Mess, Swing Out Sister's first U.S. release in five years, it's all about the "Late Night Studio Take" of their 1987 #1 Adult Contemporary hit... Read more
Published 21 days ago by David White
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
Outstanding cohesive album with fantastic production and as usual vocals are superb! Highly recommend for SOS fans and if you are not a huge fan this could be the album that will... Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. M. Goldenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars smoky maturity from an 80's pop favorite
After bursting on the scene as one hit wonders in the 80's Swing Out Sister have continued to make music some 30 years on. Read more
Published 14 months ago by B.A. Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars SOS is so good
I am a fan and will be forever. I had to sing "Breakout" in a record store to get someone to recognize SOS. I was lucky and there was one person. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW GROOVE
Always growing, never static, the band takes on a more soulful groove here. Corinne's vocals, as always, are goose bump inducing!
Published 15 months ago by Timoteo
4.0 out of 5 stars Captures their style beautifully
I love Breakout from their first CD and still think it was one of their best ever. One thing I like about Swing out Sister is that they are not afraid to try something different. Read more
Published 16 months ago by David M. Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful CD
Another great Cd !!!! They just keep making the hits ,perfect music and of course and the great singing just the best !!
Published 17 months ago by Mark Fisk
5.0 out of 5 stars One of SOS Best!
Swing Out Sister is my favorite musical artist of all time and Beautiful Mess is a really good album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by iu2batusc
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Work
Great songs, great lyrics, great musicianship and production.To me it is always a journey when I listen to this band.The sound is mature and sophisticated, nostalgic, and grooving.
Published 22 months ago by jimmy baguth
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