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on 3 November 2013
I know that some people have reservations because this album has gone in a pop direction, but I love it! The more I listen to it, the more I get addicted. Didn't disappoint me at all - still fabulous as ever. It was the ideal soundtrack for a party I did recently.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 15 March 2015
Unfortunately the copy of the album I received is scratched badly on two tracks, but that doesn't stop the realisation that this is a great, largely upbeat album. All the elements that make up the Scissor Sisters' sound are present and correct, with no dip in quality despite reaching their fourth album. The whole hangs together well despite five different producers being used including the Scissor Sisters themselves, Stuart Price and Calvin Harris. On some albums this could end up with a cobbled together patchwork - not here as the album bounces along at a great pace, hanging together well. Already a particular favourite, "Let's Have A Kiki" extols the virtues of a gathering, and is even better in its "DJ Nita Remix" form, one of the album's four bonus tracks.

If you like classic hits like "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" and the more balladic "Laura" you already have a good idea of the scope of this album - bouncy pop interspersed with the occasional slower number. It's a natural continuation of a great pop band with a well used formula that hasn't waned a bit. Now, all I need to do is re-order a new, unscratched copy...
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on 29 May 2012
The SS seem to be having a ball on this album and trying out a load of different styles. It is certainly the most interesting album they have made and almost every track is excellent in it's own right. I especially like "Only the Horses", "Baby Come Home" and "Shady Love" (Jake Shears is not a bad rapper!).

My only reservation is that the whole thing sounds like a mixed bag of individual songs thrown together rather than a coherant album. In fact as an album it is probably their weakest yet, and not in the same league as their debut, or what I consider their finest album "Night Work"

There is some cracking stuff here and any SS fan will love it, but they have set the bar so high in the past that as an album it does disappoint a little. I think a different song sequence may have helped, but I'm being picky really, it's all great fun and on my playlist all week.

02/07 Update....... for some reason it doesnt sound all over the place any more at all, even though it is. This album is brilliantly addictive !
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on 31 May 2012
There aren't many albums that I listen to 3 times in a 24-hour period, but this is one! Nice mix of styles, mesmerising songs and a worthy successor to "Night Work".
Like most other reviewers on this site, I agree that "Let's Have a Kiki" is the stand out one by far, with its classic Scissor Sisters sense of fun. Saying this, "Shady Love", "Baby Come Home" and "Year of Living Dangerously" are awesome as well.
I was worried about the many different collaborators, but the doubt was uncalled for and everyone who worked on the album have come up with something incredible.

All in all, I loved this album from the first listen (which is strange for me, since it usually takes 3 or 4 listens) and I think that this is a worthy addition to the Sisters' repertoire.

Lock the doors tight!
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on 28 May 2012
Received Saturday, added to MP3 Sunday, couldn't stop dancing on the sunlounger. Absolutely fantastic, love it and the remixes are wonderful. A very happy Scissor Sisters fan
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on 7 June 2012
Very disappointed with the "Deluxe Edition" of Magic Hour.
CD: same number of "bonus" tracks as the standard edition, and a remix of Shady Love - listed on the digipack - is not even present on the disc!
DVD: very slim pickings, with a very perfunctory, edited interview with Jake Shears in a recording booth musing for less than a minute on each of the album's tracks. Badly framed, poorly-lit (Jake is visible almost solely from a ceiling light, making his nose look like a giant fake clown schnozz - unflattering!!), and a what-the-hell-let's-get-this-thing-over-with feel.
We get the underwhelming Only The Horses video and a behind the scenes filming snippet, which serves to reinforce the feeling that "concept" videos are far more expensive than their worth. We also have a similar behind the scenes video shoot for Baby Come Home, but we don't get the completed video.
And that's it.
The album is okay, but the deluxe edition is not worth your time or money.
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on 25 June 2013
Loved 'shady love' and thought 'oh that's a brilliant tune. Scissor Sisters are back with excellent music. Enjoyed 'only the horses' but thought let's have a kiki was just astonishing. If you like these songs you will utterly love the album-sexy,fun,takes you away music-just like those sistas should be. Mmmm hmmm.
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on 23 August 2012
Coming from their (in my mind) best album to date, Night Work, the Scissor Sisters showcase new tracks and talents for Magic Hour. At first, the album seemed like quite a mix of various songs and styles, but they work perfectly fine either on their own or listening to the album as a whole (the exception being Ms Matronic's Magic Message which only really works if you listen to the album as a whole -- it links in to Let's Have a Kiki).

Overall, very well received album, and even among friends of mine who are not fans it was received reasonably well.
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on 7 June 2012
I pre-ordered this album and when it came out and I was very disappointed with the flimsy cardboard cover it came in, the tracks on the album are not a patch on there previous three albums, but the bottom line is they have never equaled there first album which is a masterpice to this day !, and Ta Da was a fairly good album, but this latest one sorry 'Scissor Sister's fans' in my view 'won't do' :SORRY' !!!!!!
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on 9 October 2013
I love the scissor sisters, there's no more to say, Perfect Deal!
Each album from this outrages group is different to the one before, and that's wha i like...
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