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Album Review

Midway through the 2000s, theft with an artful nod and wink has become quite fashionable, and frilly is the new black. Combos like Chromeo and the Electric Six are finding mileage in long-shuttered, retrospectively laughable genres like synth pop and new romantic, and revisiting disco's most damning elements with a vigor for recombination. The results certainly elicit some snickering, but they can also be too cool — or, for the insecure, too much of a guilty pleasure — to ignore. New York's Scissor Sisters access these ideas and more on their debut full-length for Polygram. The eponymous release is a gleaming composite of epic, unabashedly pretty '70s songwriting and fancy-pants disco hedonism, reflecting the decadent dance-pop afterglow of all that George Michael wrought. "Lovers in the Backseat" is powered by the androgynous groove of Michael's "Everything She Wants." "Jealous glances/Now I'm lookin' for another song on the radio," they sing. "I'll take it to a side street/In the shadows you can touch one another/And I'll just watch the show." This flirty, satiny sexuality tingles in every lyrical inch of Scissor Sisters, as the Sisters save their subtlety for the songcraft. Opener "Laura" is a swaggering, absolutely irresistible update of vintage Stevie Wonder, illustrated with piano breaks and a honking sax. "Take Your Mama" chirps in a high register, a honky chateau dreamland of the Beta Band covering Elton John. All of this wackiness occurs before Scissor Sisters drop their dusky dancefloor version of "Comfortably Numb." They're hopped up over a twittering glitterball beat, referencing Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the Bee Gees even as the song functions as a Floyd redux. "I! I! I've become...'fortably numb!" As fun as all of this is (and the lip-smack glam of "Music Is the Victim" is very, very fun), the Sisters' revisionism can also get them in trouble. "It Can't Come Quickly Enough"'s dance-pop is too accurate, getting the bland side way too right, while "Return to Oz" cribs from Pink Floyd without the salve of artful dance club redirection. Still, these missteps are forgivable when pseudonyms like Del Marquis and Paddy Boom populate the band. Like some of their in-the-know peers, Scissor Sisters are happy to raid rock and pop's simpering peony past to soundtrack the parties and prurience of the silvery present day.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful, Crazy and Outrageous

If you took Elton John, David Bowie and Pink Floyd, mixed it all up adding a bit of the Bee Gees, the result would be the Scissor Sisters, debuting with this beautiful, crazy and outrageous self-titled electro-glam. While the more popular numbers like Mary, Take Your Mama and Laura are great songs the Scissor Sisters outstanding moments for me are in the songs Better Luck Next Time, It Can't Come Quickly Enough & Return To Oz. If you have not heard Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd or the cover by the Scissor Sisters I would highly recommend that you listen to these tracks as the originality in manipulating and recreating the song by Scissor Sisters is a breathtaking experience. Key Tracks - Comfortably Numb, It Cant Come Quickly Enough & Return To Oz

3.9999 stars...

Many of these songs are most definately going to raise a smile on your face. 'Take your mama' is an excellent song, and Pink Floyd is (just about) done justice in an alternative way. 'Mary' is an unexpectedly beautiful ballad, that I have to admit, I didn't think would work well for these guys. How wrong I was! However, the champion for me is 'Return to Oz', it has something uplifting about it somehow that the other tracks don't have. Just two issues of concern: 1- how long before the catchy novelty wears off (ie can the success carry off onto another album), and 2- the necessity for the language is....? Oh and by the way, the sound on Track 12 comes on the 30th second, for those of you who were waiting for it.

I Love This Album... WOW...

I absolutely love this album it is outstanding. The songs are just mind blazingly good. This album has a song for everyone. I listen to it every night when I go to sleep because it is so great. I hope their second album is just as good!

Biography

Formed: 2001 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A genre- and gender-defying mix of rock, pop, and dance inspired by burlesque, drag queens, and glam rock, New York's Scissor Sisters made a splash in late 2003/early 2004 with their neon-bright reimagining of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," the B-side to the band's first single, "Electrobix." The song made quite a name for the band, which featured singers Jake Shears and Ana Matronic, keyboardist/bassist Babydaddy, guitarists Del Marquis and Derek G, and drummer Paddy Boom: along with becoming...
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