Swing Out Sister “It’s Better To Travel”

Posted 12 Feb 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1987, Albums of the 80s, Dance, Pop

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#284 in the Series) is Swing Out Sister, It’s Better to Travel.

We’re going with another of a little ‘change of pace’ entry for today.  I have a feeling that some of you are familiar with Swing out Sister.  How can I explain them to those that don’t know of them? I’ve heard them described as anything from ‘Sophisti-pop’ or ‘synth-pop’ to even few others.

They had some success with It’s Better to Travel. Getting the most play were ‘Breakout’ and ‘Twilight World.’ I felt that another track, ‘Fooled By a Smile’ was the strongest of the bunch.

The band has continued on to this day with few changes in personnel.  They did turn closer to their roots as time went on and showcased more of the jazzy side in their music.

Odds and Ends

  • It’s Better to Travel peaked at #40 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart.
  • ‘Breakout’ peaked at #6 on the Hop 100 Singles chart.
  • ‘Twilight World’ peaked at #31.
  • Drummer Martin Jackson left the band while recording the follow up album.

Track listing

  1. “Breakout” – (3:46)
  2. “Twilight World” – (Superb, Superb, Mix) – (6:27)
  3. “After Hours” – (4:48)
  4. “Blue Mood” – (4:18)
  5. “Surrender” – (3:53)
  6. “Fooled by a Smile” – (4:06)
  7. “Communion” – (4:40)
  8. “It’s Not Enough” – (3:46)
  9. “Theme (From – ‘It’s Better to Travel’)” – (4:32)


  • Corinne Drewery  vocals,
  • Andy Connell  keyboards
  • Martin Jackson  drums


Back to ‘Cool Album’ HOMEPAGE

Posted by Larry Carta

1 Comment

  1. Kevin (17 Feb 2011, 15:20)

    I remember them guesting on Letterman where every time he would talk about his upcoming guest, he called them “Swing Sister Swing” and other variations of their name

Leave a Reply

Before you post, please prove you are sentient.

what is 3 + 7?