Scissor Sisters – Night Work Scissor Sisters – Night Work

Scissor Sisters - Night Work

Scissor Sisters - Night Work

Its time to become comfortable with your sexuality, otherwise getting through Night Work maybe a difficult task. In fact, you probably wont get past the record counter with that glorious derriere comforting everything you once believed. While not overtly (homo)sexual, there is an apparent undercurrent leading you in an obvious direction. Then again, if your listening to Scissor Sisters you either know what is going on or don’t really care either way.

Formed in 2001, Scissor Sisters have crafted a glorious blend of disco rock which draws heavily from 70’s glam, the NYC club scene and high commercial pop.  Judging by their two moderately successful albums, it is no secret this band wants to be a pop group but on their own terms. Their own terms include selling upbeat music laced heavily with innuendos and entendres. If this sounds just like commercial pop music than the difference lies in their ability to craft interesting songs as well as complex storytelling.  “Return To Oz” on their debut weaves an antidotes of a methamphetamine overdose against the metaphor of soured fantasy. “I Cant Decide” on their follow up Ta- Dah is a dark saloon piano melody filled with murderous fantasies. It is these songs hidden within club banging anthems which makes Scissor Sisters a dark horse at the great Pop racetrack. Following up the caliber of Ta-Dah is a monumental task as the band has created a rhinestone encrusted wall to surmount for their third release.

The production of Night Work was plagued with the very familiar developmental issues. Lead singer Jake Shears reportedly scrapped a majority of the album before teaming up with Madonna and New Order producer Stuart Price. If I mentioned Scissor Sisters had a rhinestone wall to overcome they have found a shimmering emerald door. Night Work offers a more focused statement recreating the sound of English synthpop and New Romanticism.

If you have forgotten the early 80’s, New Romanticism was an English fashion and music scene which encompassed wild hair, outlandish dress and the sounds of Duran Duran, Ultravox and the ever popular Culture Club. This statement and focus is a natural evolution for a pop group coming in through the ceiling instead of the door. If you are going to do a pop record, might as well do it on your own terms. Night Work‘s solid tracks, while lacking the initial punch of previous singles, still hold a certain subtle charm and staying power. The album’s strength is in the second half bringing the theme of New Romantic synthpop to the surface breeching the surface at the album’s closer “Invisible Light.”

Night Work lacks the zany spontaneity of Ta Dah and their self titled debut. Despite this departure, the redirection and effort in resurrecting a forgotten era of music is more than enough to give it a standing ovation. Pop can be as interesting and complex as any other form of commercial music.  This is, of course, if you can get past your preconceptions on pop music and slightly ambiguous sexual orientations. Once you throw your hands up in the air; the after party rages on into the morning.

Scissor Sisters Night Work Tracklist:

1. Night Work
2. Whole New Way
3. Fire With Fire
4. Any Which Way
5. Harder You Get
6. Running Out
7. Something Like This
8. Skin This Cat
9. Skin Tight
10. Sex And Violence
11. Night Life
12. Invisible Light

Scissor Sisters - Night Work, reviewed by Kaptain Carbon on 2010-07-01T13:42:29-07:00 rating 4.2 out of 5

One Response about “Scissor Sisters – Night Work”

  • Charles says:

    I once spent Christmas at Slide with two Guatemalans, an architect and someone’s terrified chihuahua. There were drag queens dressed like the Virgin Mary pulling baby heads out of their asses. Vomit. Tears and gogo boys in kiddie pools and mesh short shorts with jingle bells hanging from their balls. At the end of the night, with a pile of stolen cocaine, the Scissor Sisters made perfect sense.