Scissor Sisters Night Work [PA]
Entertainment Weekly: "The songs are pretty spicy...mixing Elton John, the Bee Gees, and Depeche Mode in strobelight heaven." -- Grade: A-
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- Released: June 28, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Polydor Uk
Rolling Stone - p.1073 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Sisters are as gleefully hedonistic as ever: The beats still have that mirror-ball gleam, the slinky tunes still lodge themselves in your cranium..."
Entertainment Weekly - p.76"The songs are pretty spicy...mixing Elton John, the Bee Gees, and Depeche Mode in strobelight heaven." -- Grade: A-
Uncut - p.943 stars out of 5 -- "The listener who experiences this album as physically as it is delivered will be rewarded with calories burned, an endorphin rush to die for, and heavy sweating indeed."
Billboard (p.32) - "[T]he set brings some intensely fun and lively material....Produced by dance music extraordinaire Stuart PRice, NIGHT WORK is dominated by stripped-down dance grooves..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.964 stars out of 5 -- "NIGHT WORK zings with a renewed freshness. Musical nods to Cyndi Lauper, Pet Shop Boys and The Cult abound."
Scissor Sisters completed and then scrapped an entire album before Night Work, not only ditching arrangements and mixes but an entire set of songs. When they re-entered the studio, it was with producer Stuart Price, whose work with artists from Madonna to Kylie to Pet Shop Boys to the Killers proved his hit-making potential -- and whose music, including the excellent Darkdancer as Les Rythmes Digitales, is one of the best love letters to the '80s dance scene ever produced. Price ably provides the '80s in full force, with obvious touchstones from Duran Duran to Giorgio Moroder to Prince to Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" to Pet Shop Boys. The entire group sound enlivened by the help, transcending the piano-heavy rock of Ta-Dah! to get closer to their debut's raft of double entendres (and single entendres). Scissor Sisters are record fans from way back (they covered Roxy Music between albums), so they structure nearly every element of Night Work to relive the heady days of AOR (aka album-oriented rock). Slotted in the third track is a power ballad aching with sincerity (and synths), the cover includes a Robert Mapplethorpe photo from 1980 above a title appearing in circa-1981 cursive script, and the songs are nearly straitjacket tight examples of the classic verse-chorus-verse format. Granted, Jake Shears and Babydaddy haven't written a set of songs to compete with their debut, but they beat Ta-Dah! by a few yards and sound more energized than they have in years. The songs and lyrics are naturally full of clubland tales and dancefloor come-ons, plus nearly endless metaphors for sex ("I need express delivery," "Gotta do the night work," "Sting me like a bee," "Might sneak up from behind," "I got a brand new hook to hang your hat," "I got some apples, if you want 'em you can grab 'em"). Classic AOR would be nothing without a few moments of sincerity, and the last track, "Invisible Light," shows the most evidence of honesty as well as innovation -- for once, Scissor Sisters aren't aping power-ballad emotion or double-entendre pop. It's a driving clubland epic encompassing love (love of dance and love of love), ending with a Sir Ian McKellen voiceover in tribute to the "bacchanal." ~ John Bush
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