Japanese pressing of their 2007 single release, 'Secret Love'. Avex.
Dont Be Too Harsh
Frank Lowrie Jr. | atlantaatlanta, georgia USA | 09/18/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you go onto the swing out sister website,you will find out that this song"Secret Love" was not really performed by Swing Out Sister...let me explain.The song was not written by either Corinne or Andy.It is some one else song that Corinne is singing and Andy was not involved at all.It was for a perfume commercial so its really a jingle ad."
Take It For What It Is...
Bryan Jernigan | Washington, D.C. | 02/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Secret Love," the single, was created as an advert for a Japanese hair product, Segreta. It was never designed as a single or to be reflective of the SOS sound. I would guess that the only reason it was given the SOS moniker was that SOS themselves didn't want the controversy it would generate if it was labeled "by Corinne Drewery." Can't you just hear the rumors -- "Did SOS break up?," "Did she go out on her own?" So, instead, they threw the SOS tag on it, hoping, I'm sure, to cash in on their following. Wouldn't you? Is that so bad? No.
As to the music -- "Secret Love" is commercial. It was meant to be from the start. But no one has mentioned the other pieces. The live ones. Granted, they are found on their "Live in Tokyo" CD, but for folks who don't have it, it's a great way to get an idea of what the band sounds like live...a band notorious for rarely touring. These pieces are fantastic and should be given their due.
Is "Secret Love" really Swing Out Sister? No. Is it a directional change for the band? No. It's a one-off that is good for what it is...a commercial.
Honestly, knowing them the way I do (and just how nice and down to earth they really are), I believe Corinne and Andy were trying to please their rabid fans -- to satiate the needs of their fans who've been waiting for a new CD for four years. And I think it did the trick. If anything, it generated renewed interest in the band and hope that something larger and more comprehensive was coming.
And that it did. If you really want to see the new "direction" of the band, pick up "Beautiful Mess," the new CD that hit the Japanese market on February 27. And by the way, the "SOS version" of "Secret Love" is on there; one much more in tune with the SOS sound.
The more you know... ; )"
Dissapointed to say the least
S. hare | san francisco, ca | 09/11/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, my hopes were up way to high to expect o great follow-up to WOLG. This new single is so off the mark. I hope this is not a permanent musical direction change for Corrine and Andy. Don't waste your money on this high priced import. It's basically one new track, and an instrumental version, both pretty boring. The filler is just the live tracks from their previous live recording. I'll be crossing my fingers and hope their new release is a return to what they do best. Cool, modern, breezy bossa nova tunes."
Change is GOOD
R. Jones | USA | 01/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I respect the opinions of the previous reviewers, I must disagree with their one star ratings of this release. This new single is definitely different from previous Swing Out Sister offerings. However, the change is refreshing and quite good. The 'Secret Love' single marries the tried and true sensibilities of classic Swing Out Sister to a more modern, commercial sound. Keyword here: commercial. As a big fan of this group, my desire for them is to grow musically and acheive commercial (financial) success. If this growth involves change, so be it. To me, there's nothing worse than an artist/group who continually sashays along the same musical path to please a narrow minded fan base. Granted, the price of this import is quite high considering it has only the new single and instrumental version with the addition of the 3 live tracks. So I recommend paying to download just the single and instrumental version, so our beloved SOS can get a little piece of the royalty pie. As an SOS fan hungry for new material, I'm thrilled with the product! Give it a chance, people. Think about it: low one-star ratings don't help Swing Out Sister, or improve their chances of success..."