Album Review : The Living Return
Artist : Swing Out Sister
Genre : Jazz
Year : 1994
Twenty years after this album was released, the record still sounds new not dated. How is this so? The song “Better Make It Better” explains everything. While it is not a great song and more of the usual Swing Out Sister tune, the stripped down approach and basically rawer in terms of musical treatment makes the whole album not too dated. For example, their It’s Better To Travel Album still sound very eighties due to lots of synthesizers used. The same can be said with Get In Touch With Yourself record where it is more like a pop record than a jazz album.
Thus, when they sing “Don’t Let Yourself Down” they have no intention of doing so to their listeners most of the songs in here are pleasant to your ears and mood. It is not loaded with heavy jazz songs; it is more like the kind of songs that you want to hear in trendy jazz bars. “Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool” is a preaching song but it does with subtlety. “Making The Right Move” is so peacefully crafted more beautiful than “Forever Blue” from Kaleidoscopic album. “All In Your Mind” sounds like a slower version of “Twilight World” from their It’s Better To Travel Album. Of course, who can forget their own version of The Deftones “La La La La Means I Love You” which found its way on the soundtrack of the movie Four Weddings And A Funeral.
With that 20 years after, the record holds what is wants to do; give listening pleasure to jazz enthusiast. I give this album 4 stars out 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it