Swing Out Sister

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The English pop duo Swing out Sister has found moderate success in Europe and America, but it long ago earned superstar status in Japan, which explains why there are so many Japanese collections by the band on the market. The first half of this 18-song collection pulls hits from their earlier, more synth-driven sound, while the second half collects singles from the band's more organic and complex later period. One of these tracks, "Now You're Not Here," not only went to number one on the Japanese foreign-language charts (which is normal for the band), but it also went to the top spot on the country's Japanese-language pop charts when it was used as the theme song to a bizarre Twin Peaks-style TV show (not bad considering that the song is in English). This collection is too pricey as an import to serve as an effective introduction to the band, but for those who can afford it, it does stand out as better than the domestic Swing out Sister compilation CDs that are on the market.

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