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.
Take Your Mama
Lovers In The Backseat
T*ts On The Radio
Music Is The Victim
It Can't Come Quickly Enough
Return To Oz
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