Scissor Sisters – Ta-Dah

By on Friday, 10th November 2006 at 2:31 pm
 

Quite possibly New York’s campest band, the Scissor Sisters have returned with a triumphant second album that is almost as enjoyable as their debut spectacular. None of the traditional pitfalls of having a second album are evident, even though the band went through a tough time with two close friends passing away during the recording of it. This is reflected in some of the downbeat songs, however the album is still a masterpiece of camp party anthems.

Opening up with their first UK number 1, “I don’t feel like Dancin'”, the album gets off to an incredibly strong start, with a catchy disco strut and a distinctly psychedelic feel that is replicated in the video. The song was co-written with Elton John, one of their many star-friends, and his influence is very obvious throughout both this and the other track he co-wrote, “Intermission”.

“She’s My Man”, the second track of the album is another disco stomper, perfect for a satirical Halloween or a debauched night out on the town: it would have been perfect for the zombie killing scene which uses “Don’t stop me now” in “Shaun of the Dead”. “She’s My Man” then moves into “I Can’t Decide”, a more downbeat song, quite a British sounding song, reminiscent of 1920’s songs played on the pier on the beach (although a somewhat debauched version!)

“Lights” reminds us of the Beegees “Stayin’ alive”, with a great disco-strut that would challenge the Begees in a dance-off. Fifth track, “Land of a thousand words” is reminiscent of “Mary” from the first album, and is set to be their second single from the album. It is a bit more epic than “Mary” was, with a bigger crescendo, and is one of the standout tracks of the album (however, at this point of the collection every track is a stand-out one). This is closely followed by “Intermission”, a complete change in style for the Sisters. Most reviewers have slated it, but I love it: it’s simple, colourful, reminiscent of “The Wizard of Oz”, and a very welcome departure from the normal.

“Kiss You Off” is the last of the “singles” quality material on the album, with a distinctive argumentative / two sided feel to it, akin to “Filthy / Gorgeous” from the first album, with a slightly angry feel to it, but still a great song for it: live it’s great, with Ana giving it the full strength of her voice.

“Paul McCartney” is a great song, instantly danceable to, with a distinctive urgency that means you can’t stay still whilst listening to it. Pure genius, mixed in with Jakes and Ana’s banter in the middle 8. “The other side” sees the scissors go back to pure mushroom induced psychcadelia, slow, and the layers of Del’s guitar shine through, adding extra depth to the swirling nature of the layers.

“Might tell you Tonight” has a feel similar to “Intermission”, and is one of the weakest tracks of the album, being a sort of “Scissor Sisters” by numbers. Final track of the album, “Everybody wants the same thing” was debuted at London’s Live8 gig last summer and is a typical Scissor Sisters track: memorable, hummable, camp, and genius.

Overall their second album is just as strong as their debut album, if not stronger. More consistent in quality, and a great one for warming up for a night out, this album only shows off the growth from the Sisters, and if they continue like this they’ll be filling mega-stadiums weekly in a few albums time.

Leave Your Response

* Name, Email, Comment are Required
 
 
 

About Us

There Goes The Fear is where we tell you about the latest music, gigs, and tours we love and think you should too.

We love music that has its heart on its sleeve, tells a story, swims around our head all day or makes us dance like no-one's watching.

TGTF is edited by Mary Chang, who is based in Washington, DC. She is joined by writers in England, America and Ireland. It began as a UK music blog by Phil Singer in 2005.

All MP3s are posted with the permission of the artists or their representatives and are for sampling only. Like the music? Buy it.

RSS Feed   RSS Feed  

Learn More About Us