Magic Hour is not the finest hour of Scissor Sisters. That was Night Work, their previous album, which I am still listening to regularly and I love every song. Whilst it would be a very tough task to equal the brilliance of Night Work, Magic Hour is patchy - possibly even more so than Ta Dah!
There are, however, a handful of good songs here - Baby Come Home, Only The Horses, Secret life of Letters, Somewhere, and greatest of all, the soulful Inevitable, which grabbed me immediately. Unfortunately, their attempts here at party songs, for which SS were unrivalled in the days of Filthy Gorgeous and I don't feel like dancing - are poor. Lets Have A Kiki (how could it be released as a single??) is poor and Shady Love is actually excrutiatingly bad. None of the poor bonus tracks help either.
Are the high-points enough to balance at the below-par performances? Alas, I don't believe they are. The songwriting is becoming too generic, a bit impersonal, where SS were quirky, personal and edgy in the past ...Filthy Gorgeous, Mary, Take Your Mama Out, Music Is The Victim, She's My Man, Whole New Way, Any Which Way, Skin Tight, and Sex and Violence. Lets hope it returns for their next album.