It's Better to Travel
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Swing Out Sister's 1987 chart-topping debut It's Better To Travel is a warmly organic collection of electronic pop songs that sets itself apart with its use of real strings and horns as well as lead singer Corinne Drewery's much-loved and recognisable vocals. The record spawned two Top 10 hits and achieved platinum status as well as earning the band two Grammy nominations and a host of critical praise from the likes of Melody Maker ("spanking, sparkling, radio-friendly little tunes") and the NME ("lush, laidback funky mix with nifty horn section") . This newly enhanced 2CD package has been compiled by both main members of Swing Out Sister (Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell). The audio will be newly re-mastered and the brand new booklet will feature sleeve notes written by the band and a host of carefully selected photography.
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Eventually I tired of the record - it's a little overproduced. Actually, it's a lot overproduced, but it sort of works with the material. It's also very much a product of its era. Of course, now that the airwaves are dominated by a completely different set of sonic clichés, that isn't necessarily such a bad thing. 15 years or so on, I can actually manage a bit of nostalgia for the music of that era. It doesn't hurt that some of the songs on this album are hook laden and well sung by throaty-voiced Corrine Drewery, particularly the hits "Breakout" and "Twilight World", along with "Fooled By A Smile" (which probably should have been a hit), the wonderfully moody "Communion", "Surrender" and "Blue Mood". She's got to be one of the most underrated vocalists in pop - she certainly does more for me than the dreary stylings of the perennially overrated, monotonous Diana Krall. Drewery is one of the few singers who merits the comparisons she receives to Dusty Springfield.
A year or so ago I finally picked up Swing Out Sister's follow-up disc, Kaleidoscope World. I have to admit, I haven't been able to get into it, in spite of the wonderful Jimmy Webb arrangements (I've loved the 5th Dimension's effusive pop confections since I was a child).Read more ›
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.
A BEGINING GLANCE AT THE FIRST OFFERING FROM ANDY CONNELL AND CORINNE DREWERY AND MARTIN JACKSON.CATCHY HOOKS UPLIFTING LYRICS MIXED WITH A HORN SECTION,VIBRAPHONE AND A STRIKING ALTO VOCAL.
IF YOU ARE READING THIS REVIEW I STARTED BACKWARDS WITH THEIR NEWEST OFFERING WHERE OUR LOVE GROWS AND MOVED BACKWARDS. I ADORE THIS GROUP . I REMEMBER FROM MY LAST YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL BEING VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE SOUND AND THE APPROACH TO THE PRODUCITON OF THIS ALBUM.IMMEDIATELY SOMETHING ABOUT THE HONESTY WIT AND CREATIVE JUICES OF THIS GROUP STAYS AND CONTINUES TO DEVELOPE ALL THE TIME.FEEL GOOD AND HOPEFUL. THIS RECORDING IS THE FIRST BUT BY NO MEANS DOES IT SUM UP THE COMPLETE SOUND OF SWING OUT SISTER TO DATE. IT IS MORE OF AN INTRODUCTION TO A BAND THAT CONTINUES TO PRODUCE EXCITING, DIFFERENT AND CAPTIVATING POP MUSIC WITH A STRONG JAZZ SOUL CORE TO ITS FIBER AND MUSICAL VOCABULARY. A VERY FUN COOL PLACE TO START IF YOU WANNA BE AT THE BEGINING OR PAST SOS OVER IN THE PAST.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
It's none other then "Breakout" by SOS! Brings back memories when I first heard it on the radio in my senior year in high school! Groovy tune for that time!Published on Feb. 28 2004
This album never ceases to entertain me. SOS here is Basia, Berlin, and the Pet Shop Boys all mixed together to create their cool unique sound. Read morePublished on July 1 2003 by francofemme
Here is why I fell in love with Swing Out Sister.
They had their "BREAKOUT" in 1987 during a decade where music all one hit wonders and bubblegum flavored (the taste... Read more
I've just put this into my CD player again after not having listened to it for a couple of months and it still sounds as fresh as ever! Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2003 by mutzpunter
A groundbreaking debut album. A must for cocktail parties, cool get-togethers, lounges, good club mixes(DJ's take note!!). Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2003 by Scott C Elliott
A few memorable tracks make it worth the purchase at under [price], but some of it is forgettable early '90s fodder with the bonus track editions not being of much substance.Published on July 24 2002
Swing Out Sister was one of many jazz/blues vocal groups from the late eighties. Others included Seal, Simply Red and Sade. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2001 by kireviewer
This album has always been my favorite. There are a number of tracks that get my attention including the highly popular, "Breakout". Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2001 by smoothjazzandmore