12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jake Shears will always love the campy excesses of ’70s pop. His mix of gutsy soul belting and over-the-top Bee Gees falsetto has been the defining feature of Scissor Sisters, the tongue-in-cheek disco ensemble he cofounded nearly 20 years ago. On his solo bow, Shears doesn’t exactly tone down the “Nights on Broadway” melodrama—but he does find some swinging, roots-rocking, and psychedelic new twists, perhaps due to relocating from New York to New Orleans. Assisted by the horns of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the guitars of My Morning Jacket, the album shows off Shears’ playfully rough side with the sex-obsessed funk of “S.O.B.” and the hard-riffing goof “Big Bushy Mustache,” while “Everything I’ll Ever Need” and “Palace in the Sky” strip away his kitschy artifice for surprisingly affecting Beatles-style ballads.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jake Shears will always love the campy excesses of ’70s pop. His mix of gutsy soul belting and over-the-top Bee Gees falsetto has been the defining feature of Scissor Sisters, the tongue-in-cheek disco ensemble he cofounded nearly 20 years ago. On his solo bow, Shears doesn’t exactly tone down the “Nights on Broadway” melodrama—but he does find some swinging, roots-rocking, and psychedelic new twists, perhaps due to relocating from New York to New Orleans. Assisted by the horns of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the guitars of My Morning Jacket, the album shows off Shears’ playfully rough side with the sex-obsessed funk of “S.O.B.” and the hard-riffing goof “Big Bushy Mustache,” while “Everything I’ll Ever Need” and “Palace in the Sky” strip away his kitschy artifice for surprisingly affecting Beatles-style ballads.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
45 Ratings
45 Ratings
Jon DeMichael ,

Incredible!

Each listen draws you in more.
It reminds me of the first SS album...but I think it’s better...more complete.
It’s an experience to listen to it from start to finish. Every song is THAT GOOD!
Thank you, Jake Shears!

SammyJoDJ ,

Refreshing Guitar Southern Style Pop!

Much like the early Scissor Sisters tracks this album has it's roots in a southern honky tonk sound only this time way more fleshed out with horns, strings and live musicians. Not one wasted minute. 2 listens and you will be hooked. It's like nothing on the radio or charts which makes it such a welcome addition to today's vapid sounds that try to pass as "inspired".

busurfnerd ,

Enjoying with enthusiasm

Always fun and easy to sing along. Besides my kids took me to see Scissors Sisters when I turned 50 in London. Thanks all around