Vocalist Corinne Drewery has an oddly appealing, oddly unaffecting voice perfectly suited to such bromides as the title track and "From My Window," a song with a singular lack of viewpoint. There's nothing obnoxious about Swing Out Sister, which its record label calls "lounge Motown." It's more evocative of groups like the Carpenters and -- when it approaches the swing it pretends to -- the Friends of Distinction. In addition, you have to wonder how deep SOS' creative wellspring is on an album with no fewer than three instrumentals. "Caipirinha" drinks better than it sounds, and "Certain Shades of Limelight" is as pallid as its name. If SOS hasn't quite run out of style, it seems to have run out of steam.
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