I could listen to Corinne Drewery all day. In fact, I’ve been doing a little of that, looping the Swing Out Sister “Private View” (Ais, Soundcloud) tracks all the way to Tokyo – mostly while asleep.
So if there’s such a thing as sleep-learning – well, I got that lesson more than once across the Pacific.
Still one of my favorite bands from the eighties, even though I thought Clare Teal trumped “Breakout” on her 2007 release, “Paradisi Carousel,” Ms. Drewry and partner Andy Connell still walk that tight line between jazz, pop and dance with aplomb, even 25 years after “Breakout” broke out.
The duo have been a bigger name in Japan than the US, or even perhaps their native UK; this release touches on some new versions of old SoS releases, including Barbara Acklin’s “Am I The Same Girl,” which adds lyrics to the 1968 hit by Young-Holt Unlimited, “Soulful Strut,” and “Notgonnachange,” from the 1992 SoS album, “Get In Touch With Yourself.”
And yet another remake of “Breakout,” this time as a ballad. There must be a half-dozen versions of this song in my library – which might be irritating if it didn’t have such a doggone catchy hook. I don’t think there can be enough of this song.
Too pop for jazz, too jazz for pop? Such is the way it goes for this particular sound. Good thing I stopped listening to the radio for music years ago. Swing out Sister can always be in heavy rotation on the ‘pod.
Very highly recommended, this one. Nice to see that Corrine and Andy haven’t lost the touch, as indescribable as it is.
I got mine via Soundcloud, but I’m still unclear exactly how to obtain this album without paying an exorbitant import price. It’s not at iTunes, nor available as a download at Amazon – at least not in the US store. Poke around the band’s Facebook page, or at their webpage for a good listen to recent music, including some downloadable tracks from this album, which should be in greater release this next week – some sites point to an October 9 release date.
“Twilight World” is another of my favorites from this group. But I couldn’t find a clean video, so we’ll settle (!) for this one from Slovakian TV – a performance of “Surrender,” also from that first 1986 CD, “It’s Better To Travel,” which had a 25th anniversary re-release last year.