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Scissor Sisters - Ta-dah Review

by Sherrill Fulghum

Their self-titled debut album not only went platinum, it did so nine times over. (An album is certified platinum for one million copies sold.) But the music is only half of what makes up this New York City quintet known as the Scissor Sisters. The concerts put on by the band resemble a theatrical production incorporating elements from burlesque and drag shows. Band members feel it is important to be who you are and their shows reflect that.

The Scissor Sisters were formed in 2001 by Jake Shears and Babydaddy (Scott Hoffman), who are also the band's songwriters. The band's name is taken from a lesbian sex act. They began by creating dance music using a computer. Female lead singer Ana Matronic soon joined the duo. Del Marquis and Paddy Boom - a great name for a drummer - complete the group.

The Scissor Sisters played to local clubs in New York City until they took the United Kingdom and Europe by storm in 2004. Since then this Grammy nominated quintet has performed with Sir Elton John; opened for Duran Duran; played Live8 , Glastonbury, and the Montreaux Jazz Festival; and won a Brit Award. "We're just music heads," says male lead singer Jake Shears. Jake feels that competition is good because it gives them something to work for.

The Scissor Sisters second album is titled simply Ta-dah. The first single from the album "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" has already hit the airwaves. It is a song that makes you feel good about feeling bad. The song came about in response to the let down after the band's whirlwind success and touring. But by all indications the let down will not last. In fact, with the pressures of making the new album behind them the band has already hit the road again.

The first single from the album"I Don't Feel Like Dancing" and "Intermission" were co-written with Sir Elton John. Sir Elton also contributed his piano playing skills on "I Don't Feel Like Dancing". Ta-dah contains 12 original songs that range from pop to rock including some beautiful melodies and cute ditties. There is no need to worry about getting bored because each song explores a different musical style. At times the lyrics are quirky and don't make much sense, but who cares; crank it up and get down.

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