Under Review: Scissor Sisters – Night Work

When I first heard the Scissor Sisters back in 2004 (and likely with their cover of “Comfortably Numb”), I wasn’t impressed.  Naturally, in the years since then, my musical taste has broadened and the Scissor Sisters have become one of my favorite current bands.  I’ve even come around to quite enjoy “Comfortably Numb.”  Though 2006’s Ta-Dah was hardly as thrilling a listen as the group’s self-titled debut, it still suggested that the Sisters had plenty of places to go in the future.  The Sisters were relatively quiet in the years following Ta-Dah.  Drummer Paddy Boom amicably departed, and Jake Shears only ever hinted at new studio recordings.  After nearly 18 months of recording between 2008 and 2009, the band tossed out everything they had laid down for their third album.  A cover of Roxy Music’s “Do The Strand” appeared on the War Child Presents: Heroes compilation, with rumors that the track might also appear on the new disc.  Years in the making, Night Work doesn’t feature “Do The Strand” after all, but it more than makes up for it by featuring some of the Sisters’ best tunes yet.

The set bursts open with the title track, a song as shamelessly catchy as Scissor Sisters songs come.  Also in that signature style are the thumping “Any Which Way” and the new wave-y “Running Out,” which was co-written by Santi White.  As suggested on a handful of earlier tracks, the Sisters have indeed started to reach beyond their glittery comfort zone.  “Skin This Cat” features a sway-inducing rhythm beneath Ana Matronic’s sultry and soulful coos.  The closing song, “Invisible Light,” was the first to be leaked from the album, and it’s a showstopper.  Not only does it build from a brisk gallop to a pulsing backbeat, it features a “Thriller”-recalling narration from Sir Ian McKellen.  It’s the kind of thing that would seem indulgent and extravagant coming from any other band, but since the Scissor Sisters have built their careers around indulgence and extravagance, it’s a not only permissible but extraordinary touch.  After so many false starts and projected release dates, Night Work is well worth the wait.

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~ by E. on July 2, 2010.

2 Responses to “Under Review: Scissor Sisters – Night Work”

  1. and what a sweet ass on that cover

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