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Scissor Sisters - Magic Hour
(Casablanca Records)
3 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: May 31, 2012
Scissor Sisters

Review by Andy Argyrakis

With four albums under its platform shoes at this point, Scissor Sisters are no longer wide-eyed electro/disco rethreads, but truly one of the dance/glam rock scene's leading bands. Though the new Magic Hour isn't quite as immediate as the 2010's four-on-the-floor throw down Night Work, there are certainly some club classics in the making.

"Only the Horses" is hands down the disc's most infectious gem, sounding like a delightfully shiny throwback to the Studio 54 scene crossed with monstrous modern-day synths. Throughout the collection, the charismatic Jake Shears and the robotic Ana Matronic continue to swap leads (think The B-52's), interjecting plenty of variety that spans the sleazy strutter "Baby Come Home" to the baroque piano pop of "The Secret Life of Letters."

Even with the group's uncanny knack to craft a groove and surprisingly solid lyrics amidst the revelry, not all of the project's retro hat tips hit the spot. "Self Control" sounds straight out of the '90s with dated trance beats, while "Let's Have a Kiki" evokes house sounds from the same era with a redundant, tribal percussion beat as an unfortunate centerpiece.

Despite the faults, Magic Hour is still a generous affair with the deluxe edition clocking in at 16 tracks (including a few remixes) that span just shy of an hour. Even those who pass on the project won't want to miss the tour, which if past outings are any indication, means a non-stop party capable of turning even the toughest rock club into a sweaty dance floor.

Related articles:

Scissor Sisters - Concert review - Chicago, IL - March 2007
Scissor Sisters - Concert review - Milwaukee, WI - January 2005
Scissor Sisters "One on One' - Exclusive interview

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