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Swing Out Sister Beautiful Mess [album]

Swing Out Sister: Beautiful MessThe name Swing Out Sister conjures
  up cabaret-style, soul and jazz music
  and you wouldn
t be wrong as this duo
  has produced a modern take on those
  styles with a creditable album, Beautiful

SWING OUT SISTER is certainly cool and Beautiful Mess is the duo's ninth studio album in the UK. Featuring the catchy single Something Every Day (available now as a digital download), Beautiful Mess was released on 8 September (2008).

Something Every Day is a great track with an established sound and follows the style of the album with jazzy notes and appealing delivery. Some of the tracks on Beautiful Mess lean towards Burlesque, perfectly matched to Corrine Drewery's rich voice and her rise to the challenging, powerful notes.

Corinne's voice has a more mature timbre, suited to Swing Out Sister's style and it is a great foil to Andy Connell's unusually restrained, rhythm-heavy vocals — interwoven with their signature string and vocal arrangements that feature Gina Foster. Gina collaborated on the writing of Something Every Day, the enchanting Butterfly and My State Of Mind with its Twenties styling and masterful lyrics.

Full of bounce and with a pretty melody comes I'd Be Happy followed by a different and pleasant musical composition, Butterfly Lullaby. An interesting and unusual treatment marks Secret Love (You're Invisible) that reminds me of some of the early Sixties' classics. The title track, Beautiful Mess, is a delightful cabaret-style song that again has clever, meaningful words.

Swing Out Sister celebrate the eclectic cultural mix of the UK's constantly changing music scene with a sound that owes as much to hip hop and jazz fusion as sixties pop and soul, with its well crafted arrangements and a hint of electro along the way. A superb album that melds jazz, soul, classic pop and a touch of Burlesque into a Beautiful Mess.

Swing Out Sister's stunning new album Beautiful Mess is available now (released in the UK on 8 September, 2008).


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
| 9 Out There | 10 Beautiful Mess | 11 Butterfly (Little Wizard Mix) | 12 Something Every Day (Little Wizard Mix)

"Swing Out Sister is certainly cool… A superb album that blends jazz, soul, classic pop and a touch of Burlesque and hip-hop into a Beautiful Mess" — MotorBar

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About Swing Out Sister

A chance meeting at Manchester's now legendary Hacienda club first brought Andy Connell and Corinne Drewery together.

Andy had proved his musical capabilities with Factory Records' A Certain Ratio, while Corinne, after graduating from St Martin's School of Art in London, found her musical interests had eclipsed her fashion career. Along with ex-Magazine drummer Martin Jackson, they combined their diverse influences to produce a series of demos which attracted the attention of several major labels, including Phonogram, who eventually signed the band.

Once Swing Out Sister was formed in 1985, a long-term working relationship with producer Paul Staveley O'Duffy was established which was to define the future sound of the group. Their unique blend of cinematic jazz pop earned them several chart singles, including Breakout, a UK Number 4 Hit, Surrender and Twilight World, resulting in their 1987 debut album, It's Better To Travel, hitting the Number One spot in the UK album charts. Success followed throughout Europe, America and the Far East.

In 1988, Swing Out Sister was nominated for two Grammy Awards including Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group or Duo for Breakout.

Eight studio albums, two live albums and over a decade of live shows have gained Swing Out Sister international success, along with themes and scores for television and Andy's compositions for short films.

After sell-out dates in Japan, the USA and UK in 2005, Andy and Corinne returned to their East London studio to write and record their next album.

In March 2008, the band first released the Beautiful Mess album in Asia, and completed a successful tour of Japan and the Philippines that culminated in a sell-out concert at the Areneta Coliseum stadium in Manila. Now, Swing Out Sister is gearing up for the highly anticipated UK and European release of Beautiful Mess.

Swing Out Sister Discography

It's Better To Travel (1987) | Kaleidoscope World (1989) | Get In Touch With Yourself (1992) | Live At The Jazz Café (1993) | The Living Return (1994) | Shapes And Patterns (1997) | Filth And Dreams (1999) | Somewhere Deep In The Night (2001) | Where Our Love Grows (2004) | Live In Tokyo (2005) | Beautiful Mess (2008)