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Scissor Sisters 
By Gary Schwind

This is a first for me.  I don’t normally write a review for a band that’s getting as much attention as Scissor Sisters are right now.  But you needn’t listen long to understand why this band is generating such buzz.

Scissor Sisters don’t sound like anything else that’s being produced right now.  You have to go back 30 years to artists like Elton John and The Bee Gees for a good comparison.  Even comparing them to Elton John and The Bee Gees is incomplete.  “Filthy/Gorgeous” has a thumping bass line at the beginning that reminds me of a 70s blaxploitation film.  There is also a rock opera component on this album.  Parts of this album remind me as much of Tommy as anything Elton John did when he was a younger man.  Also, there are some songs on this disc (“Laura” and “Better Luck”) that sound like something played by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem in one of the Muppet movies.   Oh, and did I mention there is a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” on this album?  It’s not what you’re used to.

In a way, it’s surprising that Scissor Sisters have caught on here in the States.  They have some songs like “Tits on the Radio” that seem a little too naughty for American audiences.  Of course, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Scissor Sisters hit in the UK o before they hit in the States.  It certainly isn’t the first time that the UK has been ahead of us in embracing a band.

The album closes with two ballads, “It Can’t Come Quickly Enough” and “Return to Oz.”  The latter is an acoustic song lamenting the crystal meth epidemic that has seemingly swept the band’s hometown of New York away.  

This album is full of songs that will get people on the dance floor.  If you like to get up and move or if you like dance music of the 70s, you will love this album.  It’s definitely worth checking out just because Scissor Sisters, by returning to the sounds of the 70s, breathe some fresh air into the stale world of pop music.
 
 


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Scissor Sisters
Label: Universal Records
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Tracks:
Laura
Take Your Mama
Comfortably Numb
Mary
Lovers In The Backseat
T*ts On The Radio
Filthy/Gorgeous
Music Is The Victim
Better Luck
It Can't Come Quickly Enough
Return To Oz
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