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Album Review

The first Scissor Sisters album was one of the catchiest debuts of the new millennium, but also one of the best-crafted. All camp on the surface but with plenty of substance underneath, it succeeded because the group wrote fantastic songs and backed them with excellent productions, usually in the vein of their biggest pop/dance heroes, from the Bee Gees to George Michael. If the follow-up, Ta-Dah, doesn't reach as high as its predecessor, it's certainly not the fault of some spot-on arrangements by head producer Babydaddy. Soundtracking his own mythical night at Studio 54 circa 1978, Babydaddy's Discoball Jazzfest Studio in New York City pumps out tracks gloriously in debt to the Bee Gees (of course), Elton John (although not on the track he contributes piano to), the Rolling Stones' brassy late-'70s stompers, electro-disco arena rock (if there is such a thing), and some sort of '70s disco hokum that features a very talented Gina Gershon on Jew's Harp. Similarities to their debut are much easier to find than differences, although the songs aren't quite as memorable (except the single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'") and Ta-Dah is slightly samey in comparison. (The debut ranged for influences as late as 1987, and flaunted a tougher, leaner sound.) Still, Scissor Sisters remain consummate masters of their material; the chord changes on the ballad "Land of a Thousand Words" defy listeners to not think of a glittering disco ball, which is precisely the right image to be conjured. [This version of the album contains a bonus track, "Transistor."]

Customer Reviews

Oh Dear

One good track...the Wings inspired SHE'S MY MAN.

Refreshing, different, diverse and fun

Finally, I've found a CD / band that lives in the car and gets played over and over...my wife and I love it, the kids love it (ok, I have to edit the occasional section ;o). Every track is different in a way that reminds me of Queen (and they've done alright!).

I've read a few of snotty reviews about this by critics...goes without saying, make your own judgement. Personally, I think it's a great album. Different from the first (and the third), and that's what's so great - this band show the ability to adapt and evolve in a way I've not seen since Queen (which maybe suggests they have the potential to survive in the long term?).

I'm normally a bit of a rock-head, and no pop fan, but there is something about the Scissor Sisters (and especially this album) that is different. For a change, here is a band that can write / play and perform and demonstrates an attention to detail that sets them above others.

I say buy it..give it a few listens.. it will grow on you!

It's definately up there!

I will admit, not my favourite album out of the three, but has some really catchy songs! I've always loved the Scissor Sisters, right from when I was little! My favourite songs on this album are I can't decide and she's my man! Fab songs, fab band, I just love them!

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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