Swing Out Sister
Here’s the tenth studio album by British pop duo Swing Out Sister – and their first in a decade. You remember them best from their breakout hit of 1986, er, “Breakout”. And since then it’s been a refinement of that approach really, they call the new music – and most that’s followed their 80s heyday, “Cinematic Soul Jazz” and that’s almost true, except jazz connotates coolness and soul suggests funk; this is more the Norah Jones school of “jazz” – and that’s not a criticism, just an observation.
A lot of the music on Almost Persuaded might, er, almost persuade you that you’re listening to a new Everything But The Girl album. So think that as you are thinking Cinematic Soul Jazz and it’ll make more sense. There are gorgeous strings (CINEMATIC!) on the title track as Corinne Drewery’s perfect voice soars and Andy Connell’s piano tinkles away in a nearly Mike Garson-way.
There’s a classiness to this – Sade is another reference point. That type of perfect pop music that is most unashamedly AOR and MOR and so it’s for DADs and MUMs more than it’s for any cool and hip young things.
Would I have called this out ten years ago for being sopping wet and maybe dull as the dishwater it was produced in? Totally.
Do my own lightly crushed dreams suggest I’ve now found a lush and lovely soundtrack to wallow in?
Ah, yep. I really quite like this…
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