9.97 + 1.26 UK delivery
In stock. Sold by sauliusst

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
TOMMY's STORE Add to Cart
samurai_med... Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available


Beautiful Mess [Japanese Import] [Import]

Swing Out Sister Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
Price: 9.97
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 2 left in stock.
Dispatched from and sold by sauliusst.

Amazon's Swing Out Sister Store


Image of album by Swing Out Sister


Image of Swing Out Sister
Visit Amazon's Swing Out Sister Store
for 54 albums, 4 photos, discussions, and more.

Frequently Bought Together

Beautiful Mess [Japanese Import] + GET IN TOUCH WITH YOURSELF CD UK FONTANA 1992 + It's Better To Travel
Price For All Three: 27.56

These items are dispatched from and sold by different sellers.

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • ASIN: B0010Z2D3Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

SWING OUT SISTER Beautiful Mess (2008 Japanese 12-track CD album from Corinne & Andy includes the single Secret Love sealed picture sleeve [with tour dates sticker] with extensive booklet + obi strip AVCD-23449)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply their finest album 2 Mar 2008
By Ellen
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Packed full of great hooks, this album is a treasure chest of everything from early 70s funk to Northern Soul to lush cinematic tracks that could have come from any of the greatest soundtrack masters - all wrapped up in production that places you right inside in the music. An intelligent, thoughtful, life-affirming classic by a band that deserves their loyal international following.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Stop the average person on the street and ask them about Swing Out Sister, and if you're lucky, you'll get a quick trill of "Breakout", their 1986 debut breakthrough single which reached number 4 in the UK and number 6 in the US charts. Which is a shame because they continued making some excellent albums long after they stopped bothering the chart compilers back around 1994.

2008 sees Swing Out Sister releasing their ninth studio album, following the 2004 release Where Our Love Grows, and it's yet another excellent entry in their canon of work. It may be over 20 years since their debut It's Better to Travel came out and went to the top of the UK album charts, but a traveler in time would have no problem recognizing the late night jazz, trip hop hybrid that they've employed so well over the years.

The vocals of Corinne Drewery have a richer, warmer tone than it did back in the early days, something that lends itself well to the extra dollops of sixties soul that have appeared over the years, with songs like "I'd Be Happy" owing as much to the Motown songbook as anything else. An instantly memorable tune, with some classic soul backing vocals, arranged by one Gina Foster, who I would imagine is the same singer who worked with the legendary British acid jazzers, Incognito.

It's the Far Eastern market that has kept them afloat over the years, and their lush, timeless, harmony laden songs seem to have struck a chord in Japan and the Philippines, where sell out tours are the norm for them. However, this album has a slightly different sonic structure to it, something that perhaps only die hard Swing Out Sister fans might notice, but there is a flatter sound to the album which leaves a couple of the tracks such as "All I Say, All I Do" lacking.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over 20 years later, yet another great album 20 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
Yet another quality entry into the canon of this fine band. This is perhaps their most diverse sounding album to date, coupling both their love of cinematic 60s pop (I'd Be Happy, Time Tracks You Down) and their affinity with smooth 70s soul and funk (My State of Mind, Butterfly), along with some new innovations (Secret Love), although the unifying factor is the mood, which is relaxed and laid-back, without ever being tedious or humdrum. As masters of their craft (incredibly this is their 9th studio album), Andy and Corinne's retro leanings are clear, but there's a sincerity in their re-creation of their influences that is much more credible than with many of their peers, and their music never comes across as a pastiche, but as an identifiable and vibrant entity in its own right - a melting pot of pure pop, Northern Soul, light jazz, funk and lush "easy listening". Best tracks are the sensual My State of Mind and the upbeat and subtle Something Every Day, but all the tracks (even the instrumental "interlude" Butterfly Lullaby) are worth a listen. Contrary to another reviewer's comments, I'd say this album offers a perfect introduction to novices of the Swing Out Sister sound. Whilst it seems they may never recapture the juggernaut commercial success of Breakout, perhaps that's a good thing: this is band that marches to the beat of its own drum and has become something pretty unique in today's music soundscape - I for one am grateful that after over 20 years, they're still able to produce such high calibre music as this.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A grower. 10 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
Not as glossily [over]produced as their last 2 albums, Beautiful Mess takes a fair few listens to fully bed in and upon first play I was somewhat disappointed. Returning to it a few days later I began to appreciate the more open, less studio sounding approach and can only applaud SOS for still developing and changing this far into their lengthy career. It's not my favourite of their last few albums but it's by no means a blot on their copybook and hopefully this album (with it's upcoming UK release) will get this wonderful duo back on radio and television in this country - Jools Holland/Later, are you listening??????
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOS almost at their best! 31 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
Some great songs on this albumn - particularly the opener Something Every Day, the Madonna-like Secret Love and the Janet Jackson-like sound of My State of Mind. Butterfly is classy and the title track has a great groove feel. Heaven knows what SOS were thinking with the last two ghastly mixes - they do nothing for such a class act. There is a danger that the tempi of the songs are a little too similar throughout, but nevertheless if you are a lifelong SOS fan, then do add this one to the collection - now for some UK dates in 09 please Corrine??
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic 11 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Yet another great album from this evergreen duo.With Corinne`s voice as pure as ever,and Andy on top form with the arrangements.No obvious hit single but an album that gets better with every play. check out ALL I SAY, ALL I DO and here Corinne hit some high notes and the clever lyrics of I`D BE HAPPY. All the songs are good, the weakest being SOMETHING EVERY DAY (a little repetative and put on the album twice).This album will sit with pride in any music collection. Dave Spragg
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for similar items by category