13 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Scissor Sisters are reminiscent of so many different bands (and eras) that part of the fun is playing name that influence. There’s Abba and the Bee Gees for sure (lead singer Jake Shears has one sweet falsetto), a touch of Elton John’s gift for melody (and there’s good reason for it: John co-wrote the album’s irresistible opener “Don’t Feel Like Dancin’”), boy/girl harmonies like the B-52s, and a heap of New York disco and glam attitude. And that’s no put-down. These Sisters (and brothers) write catchy pop songs that actually have a shelf life, and they sound good both in a club and on the radio, no small feat. At first blush they might seem a guilty pleasure, except there’s nothing to feel guilty about — the music is loads of fun without being inane, unapologetically retro, and the lyrics are mostly interesting and funny rather than irrelevant, as is so often the case with polished pop. This is undoubtedly music to shake your stuff to, but Ta-Dah, their second release, contains more than dance floor workouts. On slower numbers such as the ballad “Land of a Thousand Words” and the swirling “Transistor,” they aim for mood as much as groove and achieve both nicely. Prepare to release your inner boogie.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Scissor Sisters are reminiscent of so many different bands (and eras) that part of the fun is playing name that influence. There’s Abba and the Bee Gees for sure (lead singer Jake Shears has one sweet falsetto), a touch of Elton John’s gift for melody (and there’s good reason for it: John co-wrote the album’s irresistible opener “Don’t Feel Like Dancin’”), boy/girl harmonies like the B-52s, and a heap of New York disco and glam attitude. And that’s no put-down. These Sisters (and brothers) write catchy pop songs that actually have a shelf life, and they sound good both in a club and on the radio, no small feat. At first blush they might seem a guilty pleasure, except there’s nothing to feel guilty about — the music is loads of fun without being inane, unapologetically retro, and the lyrics are mostly interesting and funny rather than irrelevant, as is so often the case with polished pop. This is undoubtedly music to shake your stuff to, but Ta-Dah, their second release, contains more than dance floor workouts. On slower numbers such as the ballad “Land of a Thousand Words” and the swirling “Transistor,” they aim for mood as much as groove and achieve both nicely. Prepare to release your inner boogie.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
410 Ratings
410 Ratings
jryan03us ,

The Elton John for the Younger Generation

If you like elton john or have a taste for older catchy pop/rock/euro pop then this is something you need to pix up. It has great flava to it, you will find yourself singing along to this cd in no time, Shes My Man is the first song that really hits you when you play this cd. the track lays out an amazing tone for the rest of this great cd. You need to download this now!!!!!

fisher_and_sons ,

Refreshing.

The best bands defy expectations with each new album - when a new Jack Johnson album comes out, for example, you know exactly what it's going to sound like. Mundane acoustic with slight variation in the background loop. Scissor Sisters, however, are all over the place - syphoning the talents of Elton John this time around, their sound is refined and obscenely catchy. Each song offers something new, something different, and never, ever resort to rehashing someone else's (or their own, for that matter) sound. Songs like 'I Can't Decide' are folk-meets-glitter numbers that will be stuck in your head for days.

I will say, however, a Sisters album is like eating a bag of confetti, celophane and all. A colorful, 'glamerous' affair that may get a little satiating after a while, I still highly recommend it.

PahoaGuys ,

Dustin' Off The Disco Ball

If Leo Sayer, The Bee Gees and oldtime Elton John were put into a musical bender and blended on high, poured into a hi-ball galss and served with mint and a rim of sugar this CD couldn't be any sweeter. Love it!!!! I am just movin all over the floor. ROSC!!!

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