Beautiful Mess [US Bonus Tracks]

Beautiful Mess [US Bonus Tracks]

by Swing Out SisterSwing Out Sister


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Swing Out Sister's grand Beautiful Mess was issued by Avex Trax in Japan in 2008, and licensed by Shanachie for release in July of 2009. While the duo of lead vocalist Corinne Drewery and musical arranger and multi-instrumentalist Andy Connell fell off the musical radar -- in a popular sense -- in the United States in the '90s, the duo has consistently made fresh, sophisticated, compelling pop since their inception in the '80s when they scored big worldwide with hits such as "Breakout" and "Twilight World." The duo have utilized both keyboard-driven approaches -- such as on 1999's brilliant Filth and Dreams, which was altogether darker recording that nonetheless kept their pop leanings intact -- and full-band and even orchestral approaches. Beautiful Mess is one of the latter, and finds the pair engaging a fine band that includes the vocal backing group Gina Foster & the Champagnettes as well as string arrangements and excellent guitar and piano approaches. The set is also more jazz-inflected, though its pop roots are unmistakable and prevalent. Check out the gorgeous "Time Tracks You Down," with its obvious nod to Dusty Springfield, and the lithe fingerpopping, bittersweet elegance on the ballad "Butterfly." But that's not it by a long shot. The taut samba-meets-soul feel of "All I Say, All I Do," and the slippery nocturnal groove of the title track ice the cake on one of Swing Out Sister's very best efforts. This is musical sophistication presented with grace and an unpretentious accessibility that's hard to imagine anyone disliking. [The American version of the album also comes with four bonus cuts including two remixes of album tracks and two alternate takes].

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2009
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351577627
catalogNumber: 5776
Rank: 52348

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Swing Out Sister   Primary Artist
Tim Cansfield   Guitar
Andy Connell   Group Member
Corinne Drewery   Vocals,Group Member
Gina Foster   Vocals
Jody Linscott   Percussion
Myke Wilson   Drums,Vocals
Gersende Giorgio   Vocals
Champagnettes   Vocals

Technical Credits

Morgan Fisher   Composer
Andy Connell   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Corinne Drewery   Composer
Gina Foster   Composer
Jamie Spencer   Management
Yoshiaki Kayaki   Cover Design
Haijime Uchiyama   Composer

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