Scissor Sister's have released their fourth album. It's Magic Hour, which the title of the album reminds me of the title of "ta-dah" their second album. After The Sisters released Night Work, their best album and best kept secret,releasing singles that did not represent the album very well kind of sank their UK market which their biggest fans lived. After the music media ignored one of the best albums of all time, personally believe Scissor Sisters figure they should try to seem a little more modern or pop, where as the last album was purely from a early 1980's club vibe that had a continual theme. This album is all over the place Which Jake Shears, the lead singer, has stated. The album isn't bad but there are songs that really miss the mark. Ironically, in 2010 Scissor Sisters stated they shelved an album for the reason that it was all over the place.
The beginning of the album is pretty good. The album highlights are Baby Come Home, Inevitable, and Let's Have a Kiki. Baby comes home and Inevitable are purely Scissor sisters fashion. Let's have a Kiki, reminds me of Maxi singles from the late 80's. Great beat and pretty funny. Ana does a great job on this song. Some other songs that are great but on a lesser extent are "keep Your Shoes on", "Year of living Dangerously", "Only the Horses", "Shady Love","San Luis Obispo", and "Somewhere" which feels like a Night Work song. The misses are three in a row which really hurts the flow of the album, starting with free-style "Self Control" then very pop radio candy that will not test well with test of time with "best in Me', and then followed by a ballad that comes off flat "Secret Life of letters." This seriously hurt the album in my mind. If they cut those songs and added "F*** Yeah", remix version, after Shady Love and recorded another song or two that was true to their style the album would have been better.
Scissor Sisters almost had a theme going with late 1980s with Let's have a kiki, year of living dangerously, and freestyle-eque "self control". But the other songs are totally not late 80's. The other theme was modern pop. Scissor Sisters tried UK pop with Only the horses, and USA pop with "Shady Love". The songs are both very different, but both popular music, although different, in both of these countries USA & UK. As a results, you get a Magic Hour grab bag. Pretty good album but it's all over the place and there are some songs that should have been cut off of the drawing table or a b-side.