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Release Date: 20-JUL-1987
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  • Audio CD (July 20, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001FMC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on February 29, 2004
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Sade was not the only one infusing jazz in her brand of pop. Another British group, Swing Out Sister, led by smooth-voiced Corrine Drewery, she of the Louise Brookes hairdo, was doing the same, only their sound was more peppy, using horns to enhance a backbeat of drums and mostly bass keyboards. The result is a kind of snazzy, lush, dreamy brand of UK jazz pop, the soundtrack for some jet-setters in a cocktail lounge on some ocean-liner.
The single "Breakout" uses airy Pet Shop Boys-type synths, funky keyboards, percussion, string synths, and a fresh horn ensemble in the chorus and bridge. In the NAD mix, also included here, the funky keyboards have been removed in the intro, repeated instrumental fills and loops, instrumentals of the string synths, the removal of airy synths in the bridge, and all the other stuff one's come to expect from remixes.
Its fellow single "Twilight World," sports pronounced snazzy horns and more string synths than "Breakout." "Don't be fooled by love songs and lonely hearts, you're living in a twilight world" sings Corrine, surrounded by a flurry of horns and strings that the Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield would ache to use. And there's a nice vibe instrumental used here. Yes, one does get tired of lonely crowds, friendly faces, and for some privacy. As for the remix, there are different keyboards, a harmonica, there's an obnoxious monologue from some jerk talking about a girl demanding some sort of contract and advances, to which he says, "she'd have to get a body transplant to get an advance from me." That better not be about Corrine.
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When I first bought this CD, I did so because I liked the two hit singles "Breakout" and "Twilight World". Well, was I ever in for a treat. All of the original songs are good from "Breakout" to the excellent instrumental finale "It's Better to Travel". I could do without the extended and somewhat altered dance mix versions that they stuck at the end although the instrumental version of "Communion" isn't bad. Good upbeat music for the car. I'm surprised that "Fooled by a Smile" was never released as a single as this is probably the most catchy and soon became my favorite. This one's a real keeper!!
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Like others, I became a big fan of the British group Swing Out Sister after hearing their "breakout" song "Breakout" in the 80s. Thanks to Amazon (more recently), I have purchased every sing album they have produced (including the Japan-only releases). If I had to chose only one album to keep, it would be this one! Highly recommended!
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What was that???? Was that music???? But it does not sound like all that other music!!!! Wake up .... Can your stereo take it???? Why it's music to move this culture to a new level. If your ears are not burned out from ten years of Huey Lewis and the News then take a listen. Musicans are more important than you might think. BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!!!
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I was in the 8th grade in 1988 when I first heard the CD...I was in the car with my family and boyfriend on the way to San Francisco one cold December night to walk around during the Christmas Holiday when I first heard "Twighlight World" and the song stuck w/me for life. I went to the nearest mall and bought the tape...lol....then I lost it and 8 years later I bought the CD, now I am at it again and purchasing yet another CD from the ones lost in the past, at 31yrs old and married I STILL get tingles whenever I hear this CD, it brings back great memories and loves in my life. I love EVERY song on this CD and the lead has such a sultry and lush voice and she's in the ranks with Sade. I HAD to comment because this is a favorite CD of mine and will be for LIFE!
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Yeah, it came out nearly 15 years ago, and the English group has been super-popular in Japan (rather than the U.S.), but the album still has replayability in the new millennium. Some may think this music isn't their cup of tea, but to tell the truth, everyone will like at least one song on this album. They kinda touch upon several genres, from pop to jazz. "It's Better To Travel" broke Swing Out Sister into the U.S. They're the group that you would hear on the radio and think "Man, that's a catchy song. I wonder who made that." And you would never realize that all those catchy songs you've heard were made by S.O.S.. And it all started with "It's Better To Travel." In fact, one of the greatest songs of all-time (and I may get flack for this) is "Twilight World." I don't think there's anyone who grew up in the 80's who didn't like that song. The horns and violins are captivating, and Corrine Drewery's english accent makes the song even more interesting. My favorite ones are hard "Breakout", "Twilight World", "After Hours", "Fooled By A Smile", and "Surrender". All equally melodic songs that you never get tired of. Corrine Drewery and Andy Connell truly didn't know how to make a bad song...
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