I have to say, I had never heard of them before this year, but having being told to try out this album, I have not been disappointed! Without doubt, I would say this is probably the best album of 2004(against very strong opposition like Maroon 5, U2 and Franz Ferdinand), and I would go further and say this is one of the best debut albums of all time, as the album itself is really phenomenal. I really don't think there is a weak track at all, every single song stands out well and I can see this going down as a classic.
I think the main thing, that has been pointed out by just about everybody, is that the Scissor Sisters sound bears an uncanny resemblance to many classic 70s and 80s artists. Certainly that struck me first time I heard their songs on the radio and on the CD player, I definitely thought of Elton John, Bee Gees, Pink Floyd, Pet Shop Boys, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Supertramp and late 70s disco. Especially Elton John, since the lead singer's delivery is reminiscent of Elton John in the 70s, and the Bee Gees, due to the skilful use of counter-tenor falsetto throughout(not least on "Comfortably Numb" where they turn a classic Floyd song into a pulsating disco number with Bee Gees harmonies and falsettos). Yet this album definitely has a modern feel to it, whilst it sounds like a tribute to the 70s, it sounds distinctly 2004 too, "Laura" definitely feels like Maroon 5's "This Love", and "Mary" like Coldplay. I think its main appeal is that it is a blast from the past, yet is distinctly new Millennium. It is camp, foot-stomping retro, brought home into an atmosphere with which we are comfortable.
This is essentially just a fun album to listen to, and certainly one of the most infectious, I mean who cannot be charmed by the retro-sounding riffs and stomps? Buy this and you will find that this CD stays on permanent rotation in your car-stereos and your hifi systems.