Get in Touch with Yourself

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Get in Touch with Yourself
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Studio album by Swing Out Sister
Released June 1992 (UK)
September 1992 (US)
Length 56:59
Label Fontana
Producer Paul Staveley O'Duffy
Swing Out Sister chronology
Kaleidoscope World
(1989)Kaleidoscope World1989
Get in Touch With Yourself
(1992)
The Living Return
(1994)The Living Return1994

Get in Touch with Yourself is the title of the third studio album by the British pop group Swing Out Sister. The album was released on Fontana Records in 1992 and was produced by Paul Staveley O'Duffy.

Lineup and musical style[edit]

For the recording of Get in Touch with Yourself, Swing Out Sister was composed primarily of original members Corinne Drewery on lead vocals and Andy Connell on keyboards. Both collaborated with producer O'Duffy on musical arrangements for the album.[1] This was the first Swing Out Sister studio album to which original member Martin Jackson did not contribute, as he left the band during the recording of the Kaleidoscope World album in 1989. Luís Jardim provided percussion to many of the tracks on this album in Jackson's absence, and additional horn players and orchestration were incorporated into the production as well.

Get in Touch with Yourself combines elements of various genres of pop music, such as synthpop and sophisti-pop, while also including touches of more vintage styles such as lounge music.[2] Other musical genres embraced by the group on this album include smooth jazz, soul and dance.[3] Lead singer Drewery was quoted as saying that she typically enjoyed music with more of a retro feel: "I find it difficult to form opinions about a lot of modern music because my head's buried in the past. A lot of my favourite records seem to have been picked up in the discount rack at Woolworth's. I'll be quite happy if our records end up in the Woollies bargain bin in 10 years time."[4]

Charts[edit]

In the UK, Get in Touch with Yourself was released in June 1992, and it peaked at No. 27 on the UK Albums Chart.[5] In the US, the album's release was delayed until September 1992, and there it rose to No. 113 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[6]

The first single taken from Get in Touch with Yourself was a cover version of the 1960s song "Am I the Same Girl", which had first been recorded by the American soul singer Barbara Acklin, then later by British singer Dusty Springfield. Swing Out Sister's version of the song reached No. 21 on the UK Singles Chart[5] and No. 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[7] In addition, this song became the group's second chart-topper on the US adult contemporary chart, following "Breakout" from 1987.[4] The single was a hit in Japan as well, where the band had begun to achieve a great deal of acclaim for their music.[8]

The follow-up to "Am I the Same Girl" was "Notgonnachange", which reached No. 49 in the UK[5] and No. 22 on the US adult contemporary chart.[4] This song was subsequently remixed by Frankie Knuckles, and the dance mix of "Notgonnachange" peaked at No. 21 on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart during the summer of 1992.[9]

Reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[10]

Spin magazine recommended the album in its June 1992 issue, saying that "Drewery is as vibrant, perky, and comfortable in her area of expertise as ever. Swing Out Sister remain as sweet and silly as they always were."[1] Reflex magazine reacted by saying that "Swing Out Sister rank near the top of the UK's cosmo-jazzy-pop firmament...[they're] excellent in their chosen field."[1]

Track listing[edit]

CD & Cassette Version

  1. "Get in Touch with Yourself" (5:08) (Andy Connell/Corinne Drewery/Paul Staveley O'Duffy)
  2. "Am I the Same Girl?" (4:07) (Eugene Record/Sonny Sanders)
  3. "Incomplete Without You" (4:42) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  4. "Everyday Crime" (5:03) (A. Connell/C Drewery/P. S. O'Duffy)
  5. "Circulate" (4:58) (A. Connell/C Drewery/P. S. O'Duffy)
  6. "Who Let the Love Out?" (4:40) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  7. "Understand" (5:16) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  8. "Notgonnachange" (4:56) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  9. "Don't Say the Word" (4:06) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  10. "Love Child" (4:57) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  11. "I Can Hear You but I Can't See You" (4:04) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  12. "Everyday Crime" (Instrumental) (5:02) (A. Connell/C Drewery/P. S. O'Duffy)


CD track listing (from the US Version)

  1. "Get in Touch with Yourself" (5:08) (Andy Connell/Corinne Drewery/Paul Staveley O'Duffy)
  2. "Notgonnachange" (4:56) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  3. "Am I the Same Girl?" (4:07) (Eugene Record/Sonny Sanders)
  4. "Everyday Crime" (5:03) (A. Connell/C Drewery/P. S. O'Duffy)
  5. "Who Let the Love Out?" (4:40) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  6. "I Can Hear You but I Can't See You" (Instrumental) (4:04) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  7. "Understand" (5:16) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  8. "Circulate" (4:58) (A. Connell/C Drewery/P. S. O'Duffy)
  9. "Love Child" (4:57) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  10. "Incomplete Without You" (4:42) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  11. "Don't Say the Word" (4:06) (A. Connell/C Drewery)
  12. "Everyday Crime" (Instrumental) (5:02) (A. Connell/C Drewery/P. S. O'Duffy)

Personnel[edit]

Swing Out Sister

  • Corinne Drewery – Lead vocals, Musical Arrangements
  • Andy Connell – Keyboards, Musical Arrangements, Backing Vocals on "Understand"

Musicians

  • Paul Staveley O'Duffy – Production, Mixing, Musical Arrangements
  • Tim Cansfield – Guitars
  • Luís Jardim – Percussion
  • Beverly Skeete – Backing Vocals
  • Erica Harrold – Backing Vocals
  • Derrick Johnson – Bass Guitar
  • Snake Davis – Saxophone, Flute
  • Gary Barnacle – Saxophone, Flute
  • John Thirkell – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Noel Langley – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Vince Sullivan – Trombone
  • Nigel Hitchcock – Saxophone Solo on "Get in Touch with Yourself"
  • Will Malone (Conductor) and Gavyn Wright (Leader) – Orchestration on "Everyday Crime" and "Circulate"

Additional Personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Get in Touch with Yourself (1992) SwingOutSister.com. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  2. ^ Review AllMusic.com. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  3. ^ Swing Out Sister LivingLegendsMusic.com. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  4. ^ a b c Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of No. 1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 382.
  5. ^ a b c UK Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  6. ^ US album chart info Billboard.com. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
  7. ^ US singles chart info Billboard.com. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
  8. ^ Biography AllMusic.com. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco 1974–2003, (Record Research Inc.), page 252.
  10. ^ Allmusic review