Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters

[Polydor; 2004]

Rating: 2.5/5

Styles: pop rock, pop dance, pop
Others: B-52s, Felix da Housecat, Fischerspooner

You know what I'm going to say. The Scissor Sisters' eponymous debut album is, for once, a piece of music easily described in adjectives. It's a slab of Bee Gees revival that attempts to replicate the throwaway glittery glamour of the '70s, and the band do a competent job of it. The songs here are mindless, repetitive, and perfect for the dance floor. Their hits, opening track "Laura" and their novel disco reworking of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," are about like you'd expect from a collection of stylishly dressed (though not matching) New York art kids. A recent live show did little to change my impression of the Sisters as a group of twenty-somethings out to have a good time; disparaging as it may sound, the size of the splash they've made across the pond owes more to the timing of their retro novelty than any surprises the group has yet sprung. Unlike their fellow nostalgia miners The Darkness, however, the Sisters are content to tread in the footprints of their forebears. Besides the two aforementioned singles, "Tits on the Radio" and "Filthy/Gorgeous" typify the smarmy throbbing flash of Scissor Sisters. Sure, it's fun, but besides providing a hedonistic fashion show, is this really any better than Disco Nite at the local karaoke bar? You know what I'm going to say.

1. Laura
2. Take Your Mama
3. Comfortably Numb
4. Mary
5. Lovers in the Backseat
6. Tits on the Radio
7. Filthy/Gorgeous
8. Music Is the Victim
9. Better Luck
10. It Can't Come Quickly Enough
11. Return to Oz