Price paid: $2.40
Purchased at: The Record Archive, Rochester NY
Don’t be fooled by love songs and lonely hearts
You’re living in a twilight world
Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age. Back in the day I saw Swing Out Sister as little more than a coma-inducing snoozefest. Although that opinion hasn’t changed considerably, I find myself somewhat more receptive to their calming sound and Corinne Drewery’s lush vocals.
I’d never heard of the ‘Sophisti-pop’ sub-genre before researching this single, but the term seems very apt. Other artists falling under this style include Shade, Scritti Politti, and Simply Red. I hear shades of the New Romantics in their sound as well.
‘Twilight World’ is the third single from SOS’s debut album ‘ It’s Better to Travel.’ It reached #32 on the UK singles chart in 1987 and all the way to #7 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary the following year.
The sleeve art is considerably different than the domestic (UK) version. Although simpler in layout and most probably hastily thrown together with it’s near-promo level of design aesthetic, this US version has a bold timeless look that fits the song perfectly. If done right there’s nothing wrong with a few band shots and a tasteful font in my book…