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This album was sort of huge and ironically yesterday for the first time i decided to give the album a chance. You see a couple of years ago i was quite disgusted when Anna from the Scissor sisters said she would rather sit next to a terroist than Rachel Stevens, my opinion of the band went quite down at that stage and i never really decided to listen to this but whilst i was watching the Private Practice pilot, they play i dont feel like dancin at the end of it, and the production and song sounded really modern and extremely catchy so decided to give this a shot. The best track by far on the album is their lead single i dont feel like dancing, its a phenomenal song that did well in the states as well as here. It's really catchy, the production is great and the lyrics so classy and the song ii cant say for definite got this album to No1. She's My Man is another really good song, i thought that was second best to the single. I really like I Can't decide and has some amusing lyrics and a fab catchy chorus. Light wasnt as good as i thought it'd be judging by title it doesnt stand out on this record. Land of a Thousand Words is another brillant track, Intermission i thought was a little pointless and thats the only track really where Jake Srears's vocal gets annoying and shouty and the production sounds a little too much. Kiss You is fantastic, it's amusing, tongue in cheque, serious, and romantic all at the same track - another brillant one. Ooh is good. The Paul McCarntey song is genuis! I thought the rest where a little samey though but its quite a short album really and despitie alot of other things such as the tracks being a little samey, and the wierd vocal effect getting a bit pointless and annoying in parts, it was all quite good - and i think we can all say at the very least that nothing else sounds like the Scissor Sisters! Glad i gave the album a chance now, i will soon be looking at their first album as well! They're not genuis or a Girls Aloud band but they had enough hype in them for me to want to give it a chance and Ta-Dah! i'm impressed
The Scissor Sister, Ta-Dah album is full of great songs. Some I like more than others but all of them are good and you can listen to the whole CD without skipping tracks - well I think so anyway!! The best track is definitely 'I Don't Feel Like Dancing' and although the others are not as good, they are all still excellent. It's just Scissor Sisters really outdid themselves with this brilliant toe-tapping song! A definite bonus is the lyrics in the CD booklet. So many albums these days do not contain the lyrics and how else are you going to convincingly sing in front of the mirror with a hairbrush?! The CD track list is as follows: 1. I Don't Feel Like Dancing 2. She's My Man 3. I Can't Decide 4. Lights 5. Land of a Thousand Words 6. Intermission 7. Kiss You Off 8. Ooh 9. Paul McCartney 10. The Other Side 11. Might Tell You Tonight 12. Everybody Wants The Same Thing 13. Transistor The tracks are a great mix of different styles, all slightly kitch in their own way, and all very catchy. I like the fact there is plenty of variety in this album. The vocals are great. I think the voices compliment each other so well. Sometimes though it is difficult to work out what the lyrics are - but you have the booklet to help you out with that. You can pick this up for £5 so definitely a bargain!
The Scissor Sister, Ta-Dah is a CD which I will admit I bought only for the one track, I Don't Feel Like Dancing as I really like this song. I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to the other songs on here as I did enjoy nearly all of them. Inside the CD case is a booklet which contains details of all the songs and also the words so you can sing along if you wish. Also here you can find the running time of the songs and a Thank you from the group to the people who helped with the making of the CD. The CD has a total of 12 tracks and a bonus track at the end. The track list is:- 1. I Don't Feel Like Dancing 2. She's My Man 3. I Can't Decide 4. Lights 5. Land Of A Thousand Words 6. Intermission 7. Kiss You Off 8. Ooh 9. Paul McCartney 10. The Other Side 11. Might Tell You Tonight 12. Everybody Wants The Same Thing Bonus Track - Transistor The CD starts off with the most popular song which I absolutely love as it is so catchy and always makes me want to dance around the kitchen! The following song all feature a wide mix of music with some dance and country and even a hint at disco and old 60's and 70's style pop. The way the music has been mixed makes it all sound like it belongs on the CD and none of the songs sound out of place. I admit that the vocals on the songs are not the best I have heard but this does not really bother me as the tunes are just so catchy I want to keep listening. I have found that some of the songs do sound very similar as they have got the same beat. Also some of the song do contain the odd swear words so I would advise younger children not to listen to the CD but older children will be fine as they would probably hear worse words on the TV! The song The Other Side would have to be the only downside to the CD for me as it is slightly depressing after listening to the other tracks as it has a very sombre feel to it and the words are a bit depressing. The CD was produced in 2006 by Polydor Limited. I paid £4.99 from EBay for my new CD so do shop around for a good price as I have still seen this for over £10 in some shops. I do recommend this CD for anyone who likes easy to listen to music with a good catchy tune.
The Scissor Sisters formed in New York in 2001, and had a huge global hit with their debut, self-titled album, which was the best selling album of 2004. It was always going to be hard to follow on from this success and the band certainly took their time in making sure they got an album that they wanted. When I heard the first single off this new CD entitled 'I Don't Feel Like Dancing' I was relieved that they were still going to make good, fun, listenable pop/rock tracks and pre-ordered the album, hoping that the rest will match up to such a strong single. The CD kicks off with 'I Don't Feel Like Dancing', which is co-written by their new best friend Elton John. Feeling the pressure to follow up on their debut album, the band just decided to have some fun and this was the outcome. It works for me. Their second song is obviously a tribute to the aforementioned new chum as it reminds me greatly of Elton's 'I'm Still Standing', with that familiar rock 'n' roll beat. It is entitled 'She's My Man' and was apparently inspired by a New Orleans' pirate called Annie Christmas who passed herself off as a man, as well running a brothel. It has lyrics that include the lines "May the best queen hold the crown, for the most bush sold on the levee". No beating around the bush here then (sorry). 'I Can't Decide' has a country/blues feel to it with a strong Thirties/Forties Music Hall piano sound (think Bugsy Malone), which I quite like (it has to be better than a Chas 'n' Dave type piano after all). I am developing a new found respect for the banjo. In it vocalist Jake sings on gangster acts and deciding whether to let a lover live or die. I am sure he doesn't mean it literally! 'Lights' sounds like it came out of the Studio 54 era in New York during the seventies, it is a very upbeat track with a lively brass section and some disco rhythms. 'Land of a Thousand Words' is a heartfelt ballad, with some lovely, meaningful lyrics. The arrangement doesn't sound like it would be out of place as the main love song for a musical with its heavy, romantic strings. Maybe that is a good idea for their next project I'd certainly go and see it. Apparently it was actually inspired by the band's love of James Bond theme songs. 'Intermission' is another piano-led track with their mate Mr John tinkling the ivories and co-writing, is seems like a war-time not-quite Big Band track, with lots of strings. 'Kiss You Off' has a fabulous guitar rock intro with the vocals mainly being taken by Ana Matronic for a change. She sings about getting rid of a boyfriend who was not worthy. 'Ooh' is a catchy hi-energy dance track in the 'I Don't Feel Like Dancing' vein, with a very catchy, if not original, chorus ('Ooh, Oooooh, Oooooh, Oooooh') but not as good otherwise, although very good in its own right. 'Paul McCartney' was written after singer Jake Shears had a dream about his hero (other than Elton John presumably) Paul McCartney. It has a good brass section and is a very upbeat track and instantly likeable. It doesn't remind me of The Beatles or Wings at any level, and at the longest stretch of the imagination possibly of McCartney's Michael Jackson 1980s collaboration period, but better (thankfully). 'The Other Side' is another slow track about waiting for a loved one on the other side (i.e. in the afterlife) should anything happen to them. It seems quite a personal song and I can only guess at what inspired it. 'Might Tell You Tonight' is another ballad about telling someone that you love them for the first time. 'Everybody wants the Same Thing' is back to the dance/rock Scissor Sister formula with a lively beat, which they played for the first time at Live8. For some reason there is two minutes of silence at the end of this track. On my CD there was a bonus track called 'Transistor' which is quite different from the other tracks, heavy electronica and nothing special. I hope this is not the taste of Scissor Sisters to come. Overall this is an excellent CD that possibly needs to be played a few times to be appreciated, but once done so will never be off the CD player. Their first album was very much a cross genre effort, and whilst there is no single genre to pigeon-hole them on this album they have taken on board a more retro Seventies disco era influence then was previously obvious. I also detected music hall and theatrical style influences (they claim to be fans of this and burlesque theatre) but whether this is something that is always been there or something that has come with their Elton John collaboration, I am not sure. There is some swearing on the tracks, and some lyrics are not for the easy offended. The inlya booklet contains lyrics to all songs, but no pictures. The Scissor Sisters are: Jake Shears - Lead vocals Ana Matronic - vocals Babydaddy - Bass, guitar, banjo, keyboards Del Marquis - Guitars Paddy Boom - Drums The main songwriters are Jake and Babydaddy. Useful Links Songs can be heard on their MySpace site: http://www.myspace.com/scissorsisters http://www.scissorsisters.com/intro/ Their official site for songs, info and commentary. http://www.wearescissorsisters.com/. See some videos and discover your Scissor Sisters' name. Mine is Filthy Loose, but I'd rather you just called me Essexgirl.
Suitably camp and beautifully adjusting to life in the B52s lane, the Scissor Sisters have quite simply squeezed into the most teasingly unconventional gap in the musical market before anyone else had dared to spot it. They are glamorous and extravagant in show, yet on the quiet, they appear to be a visual fusion between The Primitives and Alien Ant Farm. In regards to the impact they have on this mere mortal is that stranger than strange X factor feel. On one hand, I shall, unfortunately, forever remember Eton Roads second to last flopped attempt to stay in the competition by covering I Dont Feel Like Dancing, (in which I feel Anthony could have made a successful career out of being the next member of the Scissor Sisters) and again, on visual appearance, they rather remind me of that oddly shaped group that went out on the first show The Unavoidables or who ever they were. It was this song and the first on the Ta - Dah album that shot to number 1 over here in September this year. This album was released only eight days later, a shrewd move considering the track was still sitting at number one, so consequently, everyone rushed out to get it. The public werent going to hang about on purchasing the second album by a band who played instruments, were made up of boys AND a girl and actually wrote their own songs, a feat in anyones charts nowadays This bunch of not so oddly shaped Earthlings came from somewhere out of the campest clubs of New York City around 2001. Capturing the glam scene of all that was glitter boots and heavy eyeliner, the Scissor Sisters (of which, neither are actually sisters) have certainly taken their adequacies of being a pop/disco band and adding all the colour and flamboyance of Moulin Rouge and Barnum, thus creating the strangest of sounds, lyrics and at the same time, regenerating some themes of some pretty dire groups gone by. Racy and Matchbox spring to mind Taking the most incredibly fruitions personal names, these people, who all look as though they should go out and get themselves decent jobs, are a blessed relief due to the fact that its fairly obvious to the untrained eye, they are not kids. They do, however, playfully tease us with their takes on alternative themes and fresh new sounds. The disco feel is strong in their most popular track in their career so far, I Dont Feel Like Dancing. It is complete with lazar sounds not unlike the stuff that lived comfortably on a Donna Summer record. They may appear fun loving and on the list of a childrens disco CD along side The Tweenies and that hideous song from Lazy Town, but dont be fooled, their hidden meanings go further down to a more adult level. Naively, we may fail to notice that their band name comes from a lesbian position, and on the members initial meeting at a fancy dress gig, two of them had come as late term abortions; I shall leave that up to your imagination to conger up an image of what ever that is Various other members were found through ads in local New York papers at the same time vocal song writer gave up his job as a stripper in a gay club. (Still want that cd for little petals seventh birthday party?) No matter, one cant get away from the exuberance of this band. They are intriguing and enticing to the mind, even though some of their tracks are too much like The Scaffold, and Gilbert OSullivan, we can get over those tracks. I Cant Decide, is almost the question that they asked on the particular genre of this track. Its too When Im 64, mixed in with a Mud B side. The honky tonk piano perhaps should only be left up to Elton John in his more madder moments. However, it still shows, in its complete absurdity the wackiness of this hyper glam band. It shows to us how they are simply not afraid to delve into certain styles that we dared not ever play again. Strangely it was Elton John that collaborated with them on I Dont Feel Like Dancing. It is almost unbelievable to think that such tracks as Lights were actually recorded only last year, they sound that old. The funkiness of this track can only be created by a handful of white guys in larger than life shades and some black dudes with lamp shade designed Afros. This is disco how we remember it and it surprisingly sounds fresher than before. If youre not strutting your stuff by the end of this track, you dont have a pulse. In the same vein, the Goldfrapp imitation of Kiss You Off, gives the sinister slant to the album where Ana takes the lead vocal. The glam disco feel is still just as strong and so is the idea of the flamboyance of this band. Their inspirational edge on something that is regarded as dated and dusty is giving that sparkle back into those awfully embarrassing office parties that we have to endure (mine is imminent). The Night Fever, styled song is probably enough to get the David Brents of this world up and throwing themselves around. You will find track after track of sheer disco brilliance. I wonder perhaps if this was what Madonna was after when she had the idea of Confessions On A Dance floor. On this album it works and somehow Madonnas album of this year didnt work. I guess what they should have done is swapped titles. It is in the very middle of this album we get to feel the strong resemblance between the song writing talents of the band and their mentors, eighties Bouffant hair babes, B52s. Yet they also conger up a great amount of depth in Land Of A Thousand Words. The mood is taken right down to Velvet Underground level and the mood evolves around a Lou Reed styled vocal. Its deep and meaningful with swathes of violins and soft, swamping backing vocals. A track to sway your legs to, if you feel the need. A suitable interval for this album, and although this was a hit for the band, I didnt think it truly has a place on here. They could have quite have easily continued the party theme right the way through and held it together without the whole disco idea being too in the listeners face and ears. What also appears on this album is a bonus track of no importance. Its Gary Numan creepy and probably doesnt suit the album as it should perhaps be better for Robbie Williams when he is having one of his Bipolar days. Its feeling is too metal (if at all) and was recorded on a day when all their glitter Spandex was in the wash. It doesnt fit, and yes, it shows the diversity of this band, but its a style that doesnt suit the ears. So, I guess on a lighter note, we can be grateful for the Voice Of The Beehive, Barbie themed Paul McCartney which is a tribute to the music of this great man who should have signed a pre nuptial agreement (never mind Paul, you know for next time) ===================== Taking that opened throated sound from the BeeGees and mixing it with Madonna dance floor, beats, they have managed to avoid being laughed at and listened to seriously. One is almost quite eager to see them continue their sequenced existence, giving George Michael great waves of jealously (damn! I wish I could have dressed like that!) If of nothing else, anyone who can successfully bring back Spandex isnt all bad. Looking at them admiringly now, even with the one who looks like Graham Norton in shimmering silk and lip gloss, it is no wonder that their audience is predominately people in their thirties and forties. I personally welcome them. They take me back to days of Lionel Blairs, Les from Bay City Rollers and The Sweet. Arh! Good days! So now, we can gather up in our arms all those outfits from the attic, we can brush down our Elvis Vegas suits and Car Wash wigs and enjoy glam rock and the art of disco. The Scissor Sisters have brought it all back. So lets go unconventional and uninhibited into the night. The dance floor belongs to us 30 somethings, yet again Ditties included; I Dont Feel Like Dancing Shes My Man I Cant Decide Lights Land Of A Thousand Words Intermission Kiss You Off OOH Paul McCartney The Other Side Might Tell You Tonight Everybody Wants The Same Thing Transistor * (*Bonus track) HMV £10.95 (ripped off, should have gone to Tescos.) Polydor Records 2006. They will be touring Europe from 7 April 2007 www.scissorsisters.com. Scissors Sisters are; Jake Shears - vocals Baby daddy - bass guitar/keyboards Ana Matronic - Mistress of Ceremonies vocals and percussion Del Marquis - lead guitar Paddy Boom - drums (it is thought) (and no one else who had a silly enough name to join) ©sam1942 2006 Gary Crimble dear Rudolph
The Scissor Sisters formed in New York in 2001, and had a huge global hit with their debut, self-titled album, which was the best selling album of 2004. It was always going to be hard to follow on from this success and the band certainly took their time in making sure they got an album that they wanted. When I heard the first single off this new CD entitled 'I Don't Feel Like Dancing' I was relieved that they were still going to make good, fun, listenable pop/rock tracks and pre-ordered the album, hoping that the rest will match up to such a strong single. The CD kicks off with 'I Don't Feel Like Dancing', which is co-written by their new best friend Elton John. Feeling the pressure to follow up on their debut album, the band just decided to have some fun and this was the outcome. It works for me. Their second song is obviously a tribute to the aforementioned new chum as it reminds me greatly of Elton's 'I'm Still Standing', with that familiar rock 'n' roll beat. It is entitled 'She's My Man' and was apparently inspired by a New Orleans' pirate called Annie Christmas who passed herself off as a man, as well running a brothel. It has lyrics that include the lines "May the best queen hold the crown, for the most bush sold on the levee". No beating around the bush here then (sorry). 'I Can't Decide' has a country/blues feel to it with a strong Thirties/Forties Music Hall piano sound (think Bugsy Malone), which I quite like (it has to be better than a Chas 'n' Dave type piano after all). I am developing a new found respect for the banjo. In it vocalist Jake sings on gangster acts and deciding whether to let a lover live or die. I am sure he doesn't mean it literally! 'Lights' sounds like it came out of the Studio 54 era in New York during the seventies, it is a very upbeat track with a lively brass section and some disco rhythms. 'Land of a Thousand Words' is a heartfelt ballad, with some lovely, meaningful lyrics. The arrangement doesn't sound like it would be out of place as the main love song for a musical with its heavy, romantic strings. Maybe that is a good idea for their next project I'd certainly go and see it. Apparently it was actually inspired by the band's love of James Bond theme songs. 'Intermission' is another piano-led track with their mate Mr John tinkling the ivories and co-writing, is seems like a war-time not-quite Big Band track, with lots of strings. 'Kiss You Off' has a fabulous guitar rock intro with the vocals mainly being taken by Ana Matronic for a change. She sings about getting rid of a boyfriend who was not worthy. 'Ooh' is a catchy hi-energy dance track in the 'I Don't Feel Like Dancing' vein, with a very catchy, if not original, chorus ('Ooh, Oooooh, Oooooh, Oooooh') but not as good otherwise, although very good in its own right. 'Paul McCartney' was written after singer Jake Shears had a dream about his hero (other than Elton John presumably) Paul McCartney. It has a good brass section and is a very upbeat track and instantly likeable. It doesn't remind me of The Beatles or Wings at any level, and at the longest stretch of the imagination possibly of McCartney's Michael Jackson 1980s collaboration period, but better (thankfully). 'The Other Side' is another slow track about waiting for a loved one on the other side (i.e. in the afterlife) should anything happen to them. It seems quite a personal song and I can only guess at what inspired it. 'Might Tell You Tonight' is another ballad about telling someone that you love them for the first time. 'Everybody wants the Same Thing' is back to the dance/rock Scissor Sister formula with a lively beat, which they played for the first time at Live8. For some reason there is two minutes of silence at the end of this track. On my CD there was a bonus track called 'Transistor' which is quite different from the other tracks, heavy electronica and nothing special. I hope this is not the taste of Scissor Sisters to come. Overall this is an excellent CD that possibly needs to be played a few times to be appreciated, but once done so will never be off the CD player. I also detected music hall and theatrical style influences (they claim to be fans of this and burlesque theatre) but whether this is something that is always been there or something that has come with their Elton John collaboration, I am not sure. There is some swearing on the tracks, and some lyrics are not for the easy offended.
The american band "Scissor Sisters" return this year. Fun, camp and wonderfully wierd, this band should not be tossed aside lightly after a glance at their outrageous attire. They clearly think their album is magic - but is it? Well, it certainly pulled a bunny or three out of the hat. "I Dont Feel Like Dancing is the lead single from Ta-Dah. This song was extremely well received in the UK and has experienced astounding success so far it has spent three weeks at the top chart spot up to now and helped the album shoot straight to number one too. The success is well deserved funky, catchy, dancey and the sheer brilliance of it make I Dont Feel Like Dancing one of the best songs of 2006, and a more than promising way to kick off the new album. Did you know Elton John played the piano in this song? If that isnt enough to raise the campness in you, I dont know what is. The only downside to this song, as with any huge UK hit, is youve heard it three hundred too many times. But in ten years, when this is played it will still be a floorfiller. Track 2 is called Shes My Man. The title of this song piqued my interest for some reason. It starts off more rock than I would have expected. One of the first things youll notice is the piano is back from the previous track which isnt necessarily a bad thing, but youll be hoping it isnt on every track. Shes My Man sounds like something right out of the 1980s, and whilst in places I found the verses pretty weak, the chorus will get your shoulders moving. The structure of this song reminded me a bit of Laura, a hit from the Scissor Sisters debut album. This second track is a strong song on the album, and definitely worth a listen. Track 3, I Cant Decide, is one of my favourite tracks on the album, even though it reminds me of something from Postman Pat. The chorus is so catchy it will make you smile I cant decide whether you should live or die though youll probably go to heaven, please dont hang your head and cry. True, the lyrics are a little lacking, featuring lines such Oh, I could throw you in a lake and feed you poison birthday cake, but I Cant Decide is a fun, catchy song which I think should definitely be considered as a single release. Lights starts off like something from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Jake Shears adopts the same singing style as the previous track. I personally find this quite a weak track on the CD, with hardly any noticeable chorus, just Jake doing a hee-hee sound which resembles Michael Jackson. The second verse picks up the Scissor Sisters deadly catchiness, and whilst you will enjoy this song, it doesnt stand out on the album. Track 5, Land of A Thousand Words, starts off like something from a bad cowboy film. But pretty soon it develops into a rather beautiful ballad and the only song of its kind on the whole CD not a trace of trance, dance or laser beam effects. Just the piano and the soft drums, then a little air guitar and tambourine and the result is fantastic. This is definitely a highlight of the CD. The intermission is surprisingly funky, and more of a song at over two and a half minutes long. After half an album of quite fun light lyrics, this is quite an unsettling change, with lyrics such as We were born to die. Nevertheless this is one intermission which you shouldnt skip. Kiss You Off is another song title which intrigued me. After starting with what sounds like singing angels and demons, the girl in the group (Ana-Matronic) makes her first vocal appearance on the album which is a refreshing change. Again, this song sounds like something straight out of the 1980s with a rock influence. The chorus is very catchy and this is a highlight of the album. I really like this song, and would be a wise single choice. Ooh, track 8, is the Ta-Dah version of the fabulous Filthy Gorgeous and is one of the best tracks on the CD its fun, catchy, and also its quite raunchy. In the chorus, Jake Shears sounds precisely like the Bee-Gees. A funky disco tune, I think we may be seeing Ooh on the single CD shelves someday soon. I wasnt particularly looking forward to track 9, Paul McCartney, although I dont know why. The song is catchy and very disco and better than what I expected (even though I dont know why I expected something bad). Apart from being something danceable to, though, this song doesnt really stand out to me. Other Side, track 10, is one of the slower songs on the album, quite trancey. It being slower doesnt mean its this album equivalent of Mary, however (the ultimate ballad from the Scissor Sisters previous album). I find this song mildly boring, especially through the verses, and while the chorus is better, it doesnt make this track anything special. By now, youre starting to get bored of the same kind of music throughout the entire album and youre thirsty for a refreshing change. When I first played Might Tell You Tonight, I thought I had gone back to track 3, I Cant Decide. They sound almost exactly similar. The choruses are quite different, this one being more slower. Again, I dont find this song anything spectacular and Im starting to think this album has gone downhill. Just when you want a refreshing change, track 12, Everybody wants the same thing gives you this. I like this song; it is definitely the best track at this mediocre end of the album. It does still sound vaguely similar to the rest, but anything with even a structural difference is nice. The chorus is quite powerful, particularly towards the end, and this wouldnt be too bad a single choice. Ta-Dah ends with track 12, Transistor. This song is most definitely different from the rest of the album, but in an extremely negative way. It sounds like something Marilyn Manson would scream. Im not overly fond of this track at all. Quite a bad way to round off a good CD I would have put Everybody wants the same thing at the end, to at least finish the CD in a good way. Overall, this is a good CD the only problem is the way it tails off at the end. I would recommend this CD to everybody, its a lovely pop record with disco, rock, country and even cowboy mixed in there too. This is a mature pop CD light, fun and catchy. It has quite a few good potential singles which make up for the weaker tracks. This record definitely deserves its 4 stars, but I can help but wish that the band took another few months to perfect the CD and bump it up to 5 stars. Oh, and please, watch out for track 3 I Cant Decide I cant believe how much I love this track!
There is a long list of British artists who have had huge success here, but never made it in the US in quite the same way; a list that includes the likes of Robbie Williams and Oasis. The list of American artists who can claim the same is shorter, but includes one of the recent greats the Scissor Sisters. Try as I might, I just cant understand why the Americans dont love them the way the British do, although their loss is our gain, with the band happy to play large events in the UK, such as a recent gig to promote the Motorola Red mobile phone in Trafalgar Square. The Scissor Sisters are everything you would want in a music group. Unlike many artists, they have always firmly believed that as musicians, they are also entertainers. Theyre not just in the game to play their music; theyre in it to make sure as many people as possible have a good time. This desire to entertain is reflected in the title of their recently released album Ta Dah, traditionally the call of magicians at the climax of a trick. The second album can be a difficult one, especially when a debut album is as good as the Scissor Sisters self titled debut. But I had high expectations for this album the minute they played the new track Everybody Wants the Same Thing at Live 8 more than a year ago and have been waiting impatiently for this album ever since, even more so when the debut single from it turned out to be the best thing they had ever done, eclipsing the previous album by some margin, even as good as it was. Ta Dah opens with that lead single, I Dont Feel Like Dancin. A low key intro gives no hint of what is to follow, as the song turns into a wonderful disco-pop number which you just cant help tap your feet to. In both title and sound, it reminds me of the Nolans Im in the Mood For Dancing, but it also evokes early Elton John, which is hardly surprising considering Elton co-wrote and plays piano on the song. Shes My Man is more of the same, although slightly darker in tone. But its another up-tempo disco-pop stomper and keeps your feet tapping along to the beat. The darker tone makes it a slightly less enjoyable track than the opener, but its still another hugely impressive tune. If the album itself is a magic act, I Cant Decide is the clown; albeit a slightly sinister one. Its a jaunty show tune, very much influenced by music hall and the piano backing wouldnt have seemed out of place played over a silent movie. Its only when you listen more closely to the lyrics that the song comes over slightly more sinister and you realise the clown is Stephen Kings Pennywise and not a friendly circus clown. Despite that, though, the overall sound of the track, thanks to the jaunty music, is a happy, bouncy one. Its back to a slightly more usual sound with Lights. The tempo is down a little from the opening numbers and theres a bit more of a funk influence to this one. It sounds a bit more influenced by 1980s Stock-Aitken-Waterman style pop music, rather than 1970s disco, although there are parts where it could work quite well as a Boney M song. On their debut album, I felt that the ballads were the Scissor Sisters least effective songs. Land of a Thousand Words suggests that theyve been working on that weakness and this is a wonderfully expansive pop ballad that starts off very low key and simple before building into a storming finish. This is a ballad designed to be a show stopper and would work wonderfully as the love theme to an action movie and sounds like its been written to be played over the end credits of a big blockbuster movie. The other song co-written by Elton John is another quirky little number, similar to I Cant Decide. Intermission has that same music hall bounce, with a darker undertone in the lyrics, although this time the music also takes a darker turn but, in parts, it reminds me very much of The Beatles When Im 64. Next up is Ana Matronics turn to take lead vocals. Again, the intro is misleading, but the song soon turns into a disco-tinged number, with an underlying guitar. Parts of the vocals and the merging of an disco pop beat with a heavy-pop edge and sassy lyrics reminds me a little bit of some of Girls Alouds songs. That doesnt mean its a bad song by any means, although its not got the same high-octane feel-good nature that has inhabited most of the tracks so far. That said, this one is a grower and I find myself liking it a little bit more every time I hear it. Ooh is the most electronically influenced track, with hints of Daft Punk and Kraftwerk running through the synth backing. Its a funky little number, evoking memories of some of the tracks from their debut album as well as old style funk-disco. Despite the title Paul McCartney is not co-written by him nor, as far as I know, endorsed by the former Beatle. Indeed, its virtually opposite to anything he has ever done, either in his time with the Beatles or as a solo artist, being another high-tempo disco-funk number. Its closest in style to a repeat of I Dont Feel Like Dancin, although it has a little more funk than the opening track. But its still another song that makes you want to dance in your seat or grab a hairbrush and hope the neighbours arent watching. The Other Side is appropriately named, showing the other side to the Scissor Sisters. This is the track where they reveal they have a darker side. This is a very electronic pop number, sounding very much like the Pet Shop Boys and New Order. It is a huge turn around from the up tempo disco numbers on the album so far and slightly less effective for it. Hearing what sounds like the theme tune to Knight Rider playing in the background on the track can be a bit of a distraction as well. Apparently, lead singer Jake Shears didnt want Might Tell You Tonight included on the album, as its a quite intensely personal song written for his boyfriend. However, it is that very characteristic that meant it had to be included, as it gives the album a heartfelt and, somehow more mature turn. Its a slightly slower tempo track than most of the album so far, but it still has the electronic pop tones and its still quite a bouncy tune, although this time its the beauty of the lyrics and not the bounce of the music that make this one stand out. For some reason, Everybody Wants the Same Thing doesnt sound quite as good on the record as I remember it being from Live 8. But its still an immense tune and has more of a rock influence than most that have gone before it. However, it still retains the bouncy pop edge and its another one, much like Kiss You Off that grows on you, and after repeated listens, it still doesnt quite sound as good as the live version, but I can certainly realise why I would have heard it and been really excited about this album, even a year before it came out. After a couple of minutes of silence, which I always see as being pretty pointless but watch out for the effect that break has on the time counter on your stereo if you have one we get the bonus track, Transistor. Its a strange, psychedelic track which sounds as if, having covered a Pink Floyd track on their debut album; theyre having a go at writing their own version of one. I always thought that the Scissor Sisters debut album was pretty good, only to discover that this one is even better. There isnt quite the same range of influences here; with disco being the major one, but the overall feel is a lot more settled and a lot more upbeat this time around. There are very few songs here that dont get your feet tapping and start you dancing in your seat. If you like to be entertained as you listen to music, this is the perfect album for that purpose. Its music to dance to and perfect for a party or getting ready to go out. If youve heard the opening single and like it and if you own the Scissor Sisters debut album and like that, youre going to love this album even more. Of course, the opposite is also true; if youve never liked the Scissor Sisters, this album is unlikely to change your mind. I fall into the former group, though I was a big fan before and Im a bigger fan after. Being a new album, its still pretty expensive to buy, at £7.99 from CD Wow and £8.95 and £8.99 from Play and Amazon respectively. Cheaper versions are starting to come through, with £5.32 the best price at the Amazon Marketplace and 99p the best on eBay. But some things are worth paying more for, to get that extra quality and as this is an album that never grows old even a week of having it on constant repeat has failed to dull my love of this album youre getting more than 13 tracks and 50 minutes of music; youre getting as many multiples of those numbers as you like. And given that the Scissor Sisters debut album was wonderful and this one is even better, Im already wondering how good the next will be, but already confident Ill still be in love with this album, even if I have it on constant play for anything up to the 2 years I expect that to take to be released.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
2 She's My Man
3 I Can't Decide
5 Land of a Thousand Words
7 Kiss You Off
9 Paul McCartney
10 The Other Side
11 Might Tell You Tonight
12 Everybody Wants the Same Thing
13 Transistor/Elevator Noise