Not as sophistcated as the follow up "Kaliedoscope World" but simply an outstanding debut, fully demonstrating Swing Out Sisters' potential. The first single "Breakout" (an unforgettable catchy pop number at the time) is only the tip of the iceberg...the title best suits the album, after "Breakout" it does get better and better.
This release may seem over-produced at times, but who honestly cares? It's not hard to tell Swing Out Sister visioned the music itself to be atmospheric, and anything less would have not have made so much of an impact as it did (at the time). And about the music...a mixture of smooth vocals, modern jazz, eighties electro-pop, and r&b...with an ambience of orchestration...clearly the middle ground between great eighties musicians and producers at the time such as "The Manhattan Transfer" and "Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis".
I won't specifically describe each track, because that will be spoiling what can be heard, and basically a waste of time, if u can just listen to it...but the standout tracks are "Twighlight World", "Surrender" (not to mention, for having such an outstanding bass line), "Communion", "Theme...from It's Better To Travel" (the album's shocker proving Swing Out Sister is not just a pop-act and certainly no "one" or "two-hit wonder")...and of course "Breakout".
I will admit...having this on vinyl I prefer, over the cd...it seems so many classic albums these days are re-mastered with an unnecessary excess of remixes...i could never understand the point of this, because i feel the albums stand alone better without the remixes.