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Ta-Dah
     

Ta-Dah

4.6 11
by Scissor Sisters
 

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New York's flamboyant Scissor Sisters continue to party like it's 1979 on album No. 2, proving their debut was neither a fluke nor a one-hit novelty. Ta-Dah is another fizzy cocktail mixed from equal parts '70s glam and disco, with a spritz of French house music just to keep things fresh. Jake Shears and crew also up the ante this time out. While their hit

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New York's flamboyant Scissor Sisters continue to party like it's 1979 on album No. 2, proving their debut was neither a fluke nor a one-hit novelty. Ta-Dah is another fizzy cocktail mixed from equal parts '70s glam and disco, with a spritz of French house music just to keep things fresh. Jake Shears and crew also up the ante this time out. While their hit "Take Your Mamma Out" merely mimicked Elton John at his mid-'70s peak, Ta-Dah actually brings Reg to the festivities -- he co-wrote and plays on "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," a vamping, Bee Gees-inspired number that is the musical equivalent of a feather boa. But Scissor Sisters sound more like him when he's not around; the bouncy "She's My Man," owes more than a little to "I'm Still Standing," and "Land of a Thousand Words" is a soaring ballad worthy of Captain Fantastic. The other major influence heard here is fellow '70s songsmith Paul Williams, whose soundtracks for Phantom of the Paradise, Bugsy Malone, and The Muppet Movie have left musical fingerprints all over Ta-Dah, most notably the Tin Pan Alley sounds of "I Can't Decide" and "Intermission." Actually, to call the band a flesh-and-blood version of Muppet band Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem wouldn't be that far off, despite obvious lyrical differences. But what Scissor Sisters do best is make you move, and "Ooh," "Paul McCartney," and "I Don't Feel Like Dancin' " are irresistible dance-floor fillers. There may not be anything as show-stopping as the first album's disco-fied cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," but Ta-Dah is a more confident, consistent album that will keep the party raging -- and neighbors complaining -- late into the night.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The first Scissor Sisters album was one of the catchiest debuts of the new millennium, but also one of the best-crafted. All camp on the surface but with plenty of substance underneath, it succeeded because the group wrote fantastic songs and backed them with excellent productions, usually in the vein of their biggest pop/dance heroes, from the Bee Gees to George Michael. If the follow-up, Ta-Dah, doesn't reach as high as its predecessor, it's certainly not the fault of some spot-on arrangements by head producer Babydaddy. Soundtracking his own mythical night at Studio 54 circa 1978, Babydaddy's Discoball Jazzfest Studio in New York City pumps out tracks gloriously in debt to the Bee Gees (of course), Elton John (although not on the track he contributes piano to), the Rolling Stones' brassy late-'70s stompers, electro-disco arena rock (if there is such a thing), and some sort of '70s disco hokum that features a very talented Gina Gershon on jew's-harp. Similarities to their debut are much easier to find than differences, although the songs aren't quite as memorable (except the single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'") and Ta-Dah is slightly samey in comparison. (The debut ranged for influences as late as 1987, and flaunted a tougher, leaner sound.) Still, Scissor Sisters remain consummate masters of their material; the chord changes on the ballad "Land of a Thousand Words" defy listeners to not think of a glittering discoball, which is precisely the right image to be conjured.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602517050907
catalogNumber:
000749902
Rank:
189028

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scissor Sisters   Primary Artist
Elton John   Piano
Carlos Alomar   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Crispin Cioe   Saxophone
Laurence Etkin   Trumpet
Bob Funk   Trombone
Peter Kent   Concert Master
Joan Wasser   Violin
Jake Shears   Group Member
Paddy Boom   Group Member
Paul Leschen   Piano
Gina Gershon   Jew's Harp
Ana Matronic   Group Member
Del Marquis   Group Member
J. J. Garden   Piano
Larry Etkin   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer
Van Dyke Parks   Arranger,String Arrangements
Carlos Alomar   Composer
Tim Boyle   Audio Production
Crispin Cioe   Horn Arrangements
Joan Wasser   String Arrangements
Neil Harris   Management
Scott Hoffman   Composer
Dan Grech-Marguerat   Producer,Engineer
Stuart Price   Vocal Producer
Jason Sellards   Composer
Ana Lynch   Composer
Derek Gruen   Composer
Patrick Seacor   Composer

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Ta-Dah 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Finally, out of the muck of new releases lately rises "tah-dah". Scissor Sisters rock like nobody's business!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one great album, the songs have a great beat to it, and they have outdone themselves. Scissor Sisters are a wonderful band!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is sooo good! The moment you listen to it you'll be hooked. They can do it all - ballads and upbeat songs. xxx
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing! The sisters' sophmore CD completely blows their first effort out of the water, and any other CD quite frankly! 'Ta Dah!' will keep you dancing and thinking non stop!
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