As soon as I found 'Shady Love' on Youtube one day early this year from Scissor Sisters I listened to it and my very first thought was their back! I will admit 'Shady Love' took some (a short amount of) time to grow on me but I do think its a real dancing track to get your groove on! However I do believe I am having a love affair with 'Inevitable' & 'Let's Have A Kiki' all at the same time. Yes I do know I have only highlighted a few tracks from 'Magic Hour' but these Scissor Sisters are still here, still completely original, still utterly stunning....more please!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 !