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Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
The Scissor Sisters' debut ought to bear the following warning sticker: "May induce strutting." These flamboyant New Yorkers have absorbed 30 years of glittery pop trash, creating an irresistible sound that all but commands you to hit the streets like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. Nowhere is this more evident than on their radical reworking of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," which comes off like a cosmic clash between the Bee Gees and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It shouldn't work, but it does. Changing musical styles as often as their wardrobe, Scissor Sisters also dish up glam rock à la Elton John ("Take Your Mama Out," "Music Is the Victim,"), stomping ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
The Scissor Sisters' debut ought to bear the following warning sticker: "May induce strutting." These flamboyant New Yorkers have absorbed 30 years of glittery pop trash, creating an irresistible sound that all but commands you to hit the streets like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. Nowhere is this more evident than on their radical reworking of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," which comes off like a cosmic clash between the Bee Gees and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It shouldn't work, but it does. Changing musical styles as often as their wardrobe, Scissor Sisters also dish up glam rock à la Elton John ("Take Your Mama Out," "Music Is the Victim,"), stomping electroclash ("Filthy Gorgeous," "It Can't Come Quickly Enough"), and funk ("Better Luck Next Time," "Laura."). It's not all fun and games, though. On many songs, frontman Jake Shears paints a vivid picture of how New York's gay and club culture is being marginalized by stricter city laws ("Tits on the Radio") and ravaged by crystal meth addiction (the soaring album closer, "Return to Oz"). It's a corker of a debut that has already been embraced in England, where it landed at the top of the pop album charts. Conquering the U.S., where camp and fabulousness are a harder sell, may be a bit tougher. Just ask the Darkness. But with songs as infectious as these, it's only a matter of time. The only thing Scissor Sisters should really be worried about is how they'll ever follow a knockout entrance such as this.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Midway through the 2000s, theft with an artful nod and wink has become quite fashionable, and frilly is the new black. Combos like Chromeo and the Electric Six are finding mileage in long-shuttered, retrospectively laughable genres like synth pop and new romantic, and revisiting disco's most damning elements with a vigor for recombination. The results certainly elicit some snickering, but they can also be too cool -- or, for the insecure, too much of a guilty pleasure -- to ignore. New York's Scissor Sisters access these ideas and more on their debut full-length for Polygram. The eponymous release is a gleaming composite of epic, unabashedly pretty '70s songwriting and fancy-pants disco hedonism, reflecting the decadent dance-pop afterglow of all that George Michael wrought. "Lovers in the Backseat" is powered by the androgynous groove of Michael's "Everything She Wants." "Jealous glances/Now I'm lookin' for another song on the radio," they sing. "I'll take it to a side street/In the shadows you can touch one another/And I'll just watch the show." This flirty, satiny sexuality tingles in every lyrical inch of Scissor Sisters, as the Sisters save their subtlety for the songcraft. Opener "Laura" is a swaggering, absolutely irresistible update of vintage Stevie Wonder, illustrated with piano breaks and a honking sax. "Take Your Mama" chirps in a high register, a honky chateau dreamland of the Beta Band covering Elton John. All of this wackiness occurs before Scissor Sisters drop their dusky dancefloor version of "Comfortably Numb." They're hopped up over a twittering glitterball beat, referencing Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the Bee Gees even as the song functions as a Floyd redux. "I! I! I've become...'fortably numb!" As fun as all of this is (and the lip-smack glam of "Music Is the Victim" is very, very fun), the Sisters' revisionism can also get them in trouble. "It Can't Come Quickly Enough"'s dance-pop is too accurate, getting the bland side way too right, while "Return to Oz" cribs from Pink Floyd without the salve of artful dance club redirection. Still, these missteps are forgivable when pseudonyms like Del Marquis and Paddy Boom populate the band. Like some of their in-the-know peers, Scissor Sisters are happy to raid rock and pop's simpering peony past to soundtrack the parties and prurience of the silvery present day.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
Whether rocking a dance floor or orchestrating a lonely piano ballad, Scissor Sisters write great songs.

Whether rocking a dance floor or orchestrating a lonely piano ballad, Scissor Sisters write great songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602498206577
  • Catalog Number: 000277202
  • Sales rank: 80,131

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Laura (3:36)
  2. 2 Take Your Mama (4:31)
  3. 3 Comfortably Numb (4:25)
  4. 4 Mary (4:41)
  5. 5 Lovers in the Backseat (3:17)
  6. 6 Tits on the Radio (3:14)
  7. 7 Filthy Gorgeous (3:47)
  8. 8 Music Is the Victim (2:57)
  9. 9 Better Luck (3:08)
  10. 10 It Can't Come Quickly Enough (4:39)
  11. 11 Return to Oz (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scissor Sisters Primary Artist
Crispin Cioe Saxophone
Joan Wasser Violin
Ayan Pal Bass
Jake Shears Vocals, Group Member
Babydaddy Bass, Group Member
Paddy Boom Drums, Group Member
Paul Leschen Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Ana Matronic Vocals
Del Marquis Guitar
Technical Credits
Roger Waters Composer
Fury Art Direction
David Gilmour Composer
Joan Wasser String Arrangements
Daniel Wise Engineer
Scott Hoffman Composer
Jason Reddy Retouching
Babydaddy Engineer
Scissor Sisters Producer, Audio Production
Jason Sellards Composer
Ana Lynch Composer
Derek Gruen Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's what happens when the Club Kids met Pink Floyd

    scissor sisters are just straight up amazing. its like techno, 70's rock, and glitter in one band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite CD of the Decade!!!!

    I will just put it simply-Scissor Sisters are the best thing to happen to music since Elton John!! I would love to see Scissor Sisters produce Donna Summer's next CD! AWESOME!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    See them live - avoid the CD

    I caught the Sisters live on the Jools Holland show and they rocked the house. I really enjoyed both songs I saw/heard them perform. Their live energy does NOT come across on this CD at all. I was very disappointed in it. Played it all the way through twice, but won't do it again. Do yourself a favor and catch their live act!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally a new great group with great artistic ability!

    It has been a very long time since I have heard a musical work that made me want to get up and move to the sounds of the Scissor Sisters music! From the first listening I was hooked on their artistic remake of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" to the end of the album in "Return to Oz". The only complaint is that the album is over before you know it, and leaves you wanting More, More, More. Great musical artist's!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great from beginning to end

    LOVED IT!! every song with the exception of one was great for dancing and having all kinds of fun. They have an original sound that makes their sometimes quirky music flow nicely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite CD of the year!

    I purchased this CD based on the song "Take Your Momma Out" and was pleasantly surprised that the entire CD is just as good as this break out song. If this band's music doesn't get your body moving, you might want to check your pulse. Entertaining, great vocals and lyrics and just plain fun. And check out the names of the band members. Hands down, my favorite CD purchase this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scissor Sisters For President!

    When was the last time a CD was this much fun? It's been ages since I've heard anything this good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    I just got back from a concert with the Scissor Sisters in the line up. They rocked! I had never heard of them before, so I went out and bought they're CD after their concert. This CD is awesome and has unexpectedly good music on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    This is like listening to The Pointer Sisters, Elton John, George Michael, The Bee Gees, and even Madonna all at one time! When I need some energy this is the CD I listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just awesome!

    The Scissor Sisters make me strut indeed! They take the funk and trash of the 70's disco music and mix it with some serious rock. Laura, Take your mama out, Filthy and Gorgeous, and Music is the Victim are my favorites. As one of the reviewers said, this album shouldn't work, but it does!

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