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Monday, September 18, 2006

Scissor Sisters - Ta-Dah
Release Date: September 26, 2006 (US)
Label: Umvd

Scissor Sisters’ debut is one of my favorite albums of all time, so I’ll admit a bias to this review straightaway. On the flipside, Ta-Dah had a lot to live up to. A lot. And, just like the instant-classic lead single I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, the album passes with flying colors.

While the Sisters’ debut was the introduction to their perverse color-pop world, Ta-Dah gives us the full vaudevillian production. The album is big, whether it’s the choral vocals that lead into Ana-led Kiss You Off, the swampy stomp of She’s My Man, or the theatrical, over-the-top Intermission. Upon first listen it’s almost hard to find the songs buried in all of the glitz and glitter, but the album rewards repeat visits. In addition to catchy-as-hell disco/funk/rock concoctions (the theatrical honky-tonk of I Can’t Decide and disco stormer Lights among many others), there are moments of pure honest (and moving) pop music. The Other Side and Might Tell You Tonight may appear late in the album’s running order, but both offer shimmering mature melodies that, if released as singles, will surely become smashes for years to come.

Fans of the bands’ more Filthy/Gorgeous moments will not be disappointed either, though they will have to wait until after the intermission for Paul McCartney and Ooh. While this pair of dance tracks may not touch the perversity of Filthy, they certainly replicate its sound. In fact, all of Ta-Dah revels in the Sisters’ previous sounds, but it’s not a rehash. Instead, it builds on their ambition and is all the better for it. With Ta-Dah, Scissor Sisters continue to produce some of the most relevant, interesting, and downright joyful pop music of our time. A

Key Tracks: I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, Might Tell You Tonight, She’s My Man


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