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The Scissor Sisters keep the party going on their sophomore album, Ta-Dah, a synthesis of three decades worth of Pop that alternately references early Prince, Elton John, the Bee Gees and even such Rock/Funk hybrids as the Rolling Stones' "Miss You." Features the first single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," appropriately co-written with Elton John, the funky "Ooh" (think "Controversy-"era Prince), the single-in-waiting "Everybody Wants the Same Thing," Ana Matronic's confidently sung "Kiss You Off" and the unabashedly retro "Paul McCartney." Elsewhere, the band perfects the ballad style previously heard on tracks like "Mary" and "Return to Oz" with "Land of a Thousand Words" and less in-your-face "The Other Side," which finds frontman Jake Shears eschewing his usual falsetto for a more soothing vocal delivery. "I Can't Decide" is jaunty and almost honky tonk-ish, while "Intermission" turns back the clock with a jokey spin on old-time Vaudeville.
Since not liking the Scissor Sisters is tantamount to not liking fun, let's just assume that everyone already adores this band and go on from there, OK? The Sisters' hotly anticipated second full-length feel like a streamlined continuation of their debut. It's hard to imagine no one had ever called an album Ta Dah! before, but then these sexy troubadours have no trouble subtly reworking the past to make it almost-new and always joyous. They may have emerged in a brief window when campy pastiche rock seemed like the next big thing, but just as their friends Fischerspooner did with the electroclash "movement," the Scissor Sister possess an elevated enough sense of fun, popcraft, and good enough connections to carry them for years. Hell, the first track on this album, the wonderful confection "Don't Feel Like Dancin," was co-written with Sir Elton John, and it sounds like Abba, Fleetwood Mac and Xanadu all at once. Other tunes might have you thinking of Bowie or the Bee Gees or Prince or Pink Floyd or even the Carpenters, but only as cagily reimagined in a glittery, wonderful, post-Hedwig/ Velvet Goldmine world. --Mike McGonigal
Top Customer Reviews
When one appreciates the content of the product long after the critical buzz and media hype evaporate.
As is the case with other memorable recordings created by such artists as The Beatles, Bee Gees and Michael Jackson, this eclectic CD from SCISSOR SISTER remains timeless.
The continuity within this Britpop track listing is elegantly solid.
Throughout the CD the infectious affirmative dance tempo of their massive global hit "DON'T FEEL LIKE DANCING" is sustained.
If I were to classify the musical style of SCISSOR SISTER, it would be Elton John mashed up with a trendy dance groove.
This is the ideal CD to elevate your spirits and embark on a positive vibe.
Can you revisit this CD in a few years and still enjoy it?
Ta-Dah! Without a doubt~
TA-DAH will sound as trendy and fresh in the upcoming years as it did when first arriving at retail during the later part of 2006.
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That's not to say you can't dance your a** off to this album - there are plenty of tracks designed to help you do just that. "Ooh" and "Paul McCartney" - perhaps the most hyper fan letter ever written to a Beatle - are both excellent reminders of why this band has the reputation it does. And the sole song sung by the totally fabulous Ana Matronic, "Kiss You Off," sounds like she's channeling Goldfrapp and Blondie at the same time - and with the driving beat and laid-back vocals, it works. Great lyrics too - "Kiss you off my lips/It's standing room only for a piece of my pigment/So excuse me a minute while I supply demand."
The lead single "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" is - and will be - ubiquitous, and deservedly so. With Elton John both contributing to the songwriting, and playing piano, and Jake Shears' disco falsetto, it's one of those rare songs that you like the more you hear it. And once you read the lyrics, you'll find there's much more to it than what its name seems to imply.
And that's true of much of the Scissor Sisters' music, which is why they're so worth checking out. They create intricate, fun, occasionally sad, beautiful, and poignant music, which is actually layered with meaning - a welcome change in a "mean what I sing" pop world. But then, these folks are no ordinary pop group - they keep getting better, and they mean to stay around for a while. Good thing, too. (And a quick word to the wise - if they happen to come through a town near you, do not hesitate to see them live. They're one of the best, most fun acts to come along in years.)
The album starts off very strong with an infectious, catchy tune entitled "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'." Elton John is on piano! This title is immediately very ironic since this song is so upbeat, beautifully written and joyous that you WILL feel like dancing to it as early as a minute or two after the song starts! The second bonus CD features a re-mix of this song; but the version on the first CD will leave you restless to dance and panting for more.
Other great songs with awesome musical arrangements include "She's My Man;" "I Can't Decide;" "Land Of A Thousand Words" with its' dream-like, almost experimental/psychedelic musical intro; "Kiss You Off" which sounds like a mixture of pop and dance music and "Might Tell You Tonight" which reminded me of both The Bee Gees and some of Paul McCartney's earlier work from the 1970s. The final song, "Everybody Wants The Same Thing," appeals to the universal quest for happiness, doing the right thing for yourself, and sharing love. This song boasts a magnificent musical arrangement that ends the CD on a very strong note.
Indeed, the first CD is very strong throughout with meaningful songs and amazing arrangements involving issues of love, survival as we endure life's obstacles and a few traces of cynicism along the way for spice.
The second CD, however, rocks on in its own way. The songs here have a distinct dance music flavor as opposed to the mostly pop feel of the first CD. The songs seem to be more creative as they involve risk taking with musical arrangements that feel decidedly more experimental. Indeed, the Scissor Sisters add that "Contact High" is a demo version of the song; we don't get to find out here if they polished this song further. Even the last song, the re-mix of "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," is very noticeably different in its arrangement. Food for thought! One major exception is the song "Almost Sorry" which deals with a relationship that isn't exactly going well.
And, of course, there's the packaging. Kudos to the reviewer who explained to us that you might try pulling out the right side of the box first to get the left side to release and come out! There's a CD enclosed on both sides: the main CD on the right and the bonus CD on the left. The package artwork is excellent; I liked the elevator theme and the fact that the "doors" of the elevator open as you pull out the two discs on both sides of the box. However, I did notice that it was somewhat difficult to pull the two sides out. I REALLY had to try to pull hard without damaging the box artwork! I may have bought a slightly defective box just by bad luck; I am not sure.
The liner notes are included in the "elevator pocket" that you will see after both sides of the box have been pulled out. The liner notes are superb! You get full songs lyrics with lots of credits, thanks to everyone who helped and a really nice picture of the band.
One unusual "special effect" is the Judy Garland dialogue near the end of the song entitled "The Other Side." At first I wasn't sure how it would come off especially when I heard it was dubbed in from her talking into a tape recorder late at night when she was not always a "happy camper." However, Judy's brief monologue fit in very nicely and it added a great deal of color to the song.
Overall, this is a great two CD delight for Scissor Sisters fans! Yes, I know, they didn't do precisely this sort of thing in the past, but this is still great music. I give it four stars mainly because I had so much trouble with the packaging. I didn't like that I had to read instructions (???) from another reviewer just to know how to open the box, although I am certainly very grateful to that reviewer who told me how to open it!
This excellent package is highly recommended for die-hard Scissor Sisters fans, fans of pop music, fans of experimental music, and fans of true creativity everywhere.
THE OVERALL SOUND REMINDS ME OF:
the best of Elton John, Pet Shop Boys, George Michael, Abba, Times Two, a tinge of Go West, "Xanadu" (as Amazon.com so rightly puts it in their review) and even the harmony of the Beach Boys and Carpenters...
WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT SO MUCH:
Because you can dance AND listen! While the incredibly energetic, fun sound of disco is here and welcome, the often horrible lyrics that genre generated is most definitely (and with much relief!) missing.
TA-DAH IS THAT MOST RARE AND TREASURED OF ALBUMS:
the one where every track's either a winner or at least "not bad"!
AND THESE ARE JUST THE HIGHLIGHTS:
Track #1) "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'"--Do you remember the awful movie XANADU with the terrific soundtrack? This song reminds me of ELO and ONJ's collaboration on one of the most underappreciated soundtracks of the early 80s!!
Track #2) "She's My Man"--At the risk of implying Scissor Sisters borrows a lot from their favorite 70s idols, I've got to say this wonderful, quirky song reminds me so much of "Still Standing" by Elton John. (This is a good thing, though!)
Track #3) "I Can't Decide"--A great tongue-in-cheek song that reminds me of the Beatles if they were writing in the 21st century...any other song about killing someone would be totally out of line, but somehow it works here because...well...it's tongue-in-cheek of course!
Track #4) "Lights"--I can't help but hear echoes of "Grease is the Word" when this song is on, but again, they're echoes, NOT imitation. The power of this album is that it merges great lyrics with undeniably great beats!!!
Tracks 5 and 6 ("Land of a Thousand Words" and "Intermission") are pleasant enough but I can't automatically bring them to my mind and ear right now the way I can all the others..."Intermission" is a fitting title, though, since once it's over TA-DAH returns to its wonderful spirit!
Track#7) "Kiss You Off"--With its Pat Benetar bursts of energy, "KYO" forces you to sing along and you WILL do so, especially if that special someone's got you all hot and bothered.
Tracks 8 and 9 ("Ooh" and "Paul McCartney") are, hands down, the best of the best here. I hit repeat on "Ooh" at least five times before I continued on to "Paul" (a witty and sometimes funny pop powerhouse!)
SO TO SUM IT ALL UP:
Do you remember how you felt when you were a kid and you were worried the second time you listened to a spectacular album you'd find all its flaws?? Well your worries can be put to rest here. Each TA-DAH is good as the last one and that's a hard "feat" to do in contemporary pop.
Now, the songs, I have no problem with the sequencing. At first, it seemed a similar order as the debut, with more ballads at the front and disco rock in the second half, but it's not that simple. I think you have to live with the record for a while before you can make any judgements. The first single, "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" is a fun oxymoron of a song, and it resembles Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" but not as disposable, mixed with an upbeat 70s Elton tune & a slight Bo Diddley beat. It's a good choice of first single and starts "Ta-Dah!!" off with a bang. All the songs are cool here, and an early fave is the delightful Ana Matronic-led disco rock romp "Kiss You Off", with a slam bang of a chorus. And I love how the album ends with the uplifting, gospelish rocker "Everybody Wants The Same Thing", leaves you feeling fuzzy.
Now, the packaging on this limited edition, talk about a deal, wow!!! This thing is an import pressing but priced enticingly cheap for Americans, like $11.99 here AND Best Buy!!! Unlike that one person, I LOVE this packaging!!! Really creative, novel, swell and cool. And I had no problem opening it up. What you do is you do NOT open the left side at all. You pull out the right side with your right hand while gripping the top and bottom with your left, and, the way it's designed, both sides open at once, like the elevator doors it's designed to be. Very simple really, but very VERY cool!!! Whoever designed this thing should get an early Grammy for best packaging, I'm serious!! Anyhoo, the sides open, with the flaps open and the discs are inside, "Ta-dah" on the left side and the bonus disc on the right side. The slick surface of the cardboard ensures that the discs will not get scratched up inside this package, unlike similarly packaged, booklike editions where the discs are directly on top of paper surfaces, if you know what I mean.
The 6 songs on the bonus disc (5 songs really and 1 cool remix of IDFLD) are more experimental. They are (I imagine) from the same "Ta-Dah" sessions, but didn't fit the flow of the album proper but are good enough not to leave on the cutting room floor. I haven't absorbed it all, but definitely, the best song here is, I agree, the funny "Making Ladies". There is also a free Best-Buy 3-track EP in BB stores, with 2 further remixes of IDFLD and another album outtake called "Ambition" which is swell, like a Steely Dan-ish jazz rock song with a satisfying & complex melody and arrangement. It's weird how the 12-track album, "Ambition", and the 5 bonus songs (no remixes) could have all fit together as a single 18-track 78-minute CD, but they broke it up into digestible pieces. I guess people complain about albums being too long and stuff, and here, they could have a point. "Ta-Dah" is a swell 47 minute and change ALBUM with a nice flow. Jake is in fine voice here, both in fine falsetto (the type of falsetto Daniel Powter TRIES to do on his album but comes up short) and velvety croon. The writing here, by Jake and Scott, is creative and melodic and fun, the arrangements top notch, the whole kitten kaboodle. Even the Judy Garland dialogue sample fits (on "The Other Side").
A fine fine job by all...an easy contender for album of the year.