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Night Work

Scissor SistersAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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No lesser an authority than Bono has called them “the best pop group in the world,” and their first three albums have sold more than seven million units worldwide – making them a household name everywhere from the US and the UK to Japan and Australia. They have collaborated with artists as varied as Santigold, Elton John, 2 Bears and Kylie ... Read more in Amazon's Scissor Sisters Store

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  • Audio CD (June 29, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B003LXM1RS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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2010 release, the third album from the American Electro-Dance/Rock act. Night Work is a Dance record but it's not all Electronic. You can still hear the sound of a band spinning out together in a rehearsal room. It is the first time Scissor Sisters have worked with another producer; they recruited Stuart Price (The Killers, Madonna) to co-produce. This collaboration sees the group's relationship with Stuart come full circle after they opened for his band Zoot Woman in 2004, their first UK tour.

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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, Dirty, Playful June 29, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Four years after their mediocre sophomore effort, Scissor Sisters is back. Between albums they lost a band member and scrapped an album that was 18-months in the making. Upset, Jake Shears flew to Berlin to escape for a while. He found more than solace there and became inspired by the nightlife in the busy city which in turn became the launching pad of what is arguably the best of their three albums.

What's inside is perfectly described by the Robert Mapplethorpe cover: sexy, dirty, playful. It's an album showcasing a band rediscovering the fun of their hungry years. Night Work could easily be considered a concept album, but feels more like a raunchy history of pop music lesson. The band, with the help of producer Stuart Price (Madonna, Kylie Minogue), have encapsulated 1977 - 1982 in nearly perfect chronological order as homage to the occupation of hitting the clubs. In other words, the night work.

The opening track is an overture to a suite of music easily made into an underground Broadway show. "Night Work" tells us why we're here while the next track -- "Whole New Way" -- chronicles Jake's trip to Berlin. When he sings, "I found a whole new way to love you...it's going to blow your mind but, if not, this time we're through," he's not singing of a human relationship, but the one with his music-making abilities.

"Side 1' continues to take us through the 70's with songs that would make Disco Tex, Foxy and early B-52's proud. It also features background vocal turns by 80's icon Helen Terry on "Whole New Way," Kylie Minogue on the excellent "Any Which Way," and Santigold on "Running Out." The second half is full of Kraftwerk, DEVO and Gary Numan in its journey through the early part of the 80's.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot, sexy, time period piece from 1980 to 1984 September 4, 2010
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I can't recall that many artists who have created such an amazing time period piece as Scissor Sister just did with Night Work. A concept album like Donna Summer's "I remember yesterday" or "Four Seasons of Love". "Night Work" A story about a guy or a woman going through life in the early 80s working in the club scene and everything it has to offer like sex, drugs, and of course dancing. Every song is amazing and builds upon each other. Everything on here will sound like its from the early 80s, even "Any Which Way" which has a funky Town and Slyvester "Do You Wanna Funk" feel, songs that were part of Hi-NRG movement that were popular in gay community after disco was dead. As many reviewers have said this has a 70's feel, it doesn't, it's pure early 80's dance.

Most artists are now shooting for the fast sing songy stuff with a Hip Hop jargon sound and Scissor Sister don't and it's very refreshing to see a dance record like this going against the norm. Pick up this album, this is their best work to date for sure.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True dance record, their most mature to date June 29, 2010
Format:Audio CD
After a four-year hiatus the Scissor Sisters return with Night Work, a work that is darker, polished and more mature than anything they've done before. Is this enough to put them back on top of the bill and take back the title they once heralded, or is this a page turned to write a new chapter in the band's life?

By now the story of how Night Work was gestated is vox populi: frontman Jake Shears was not wholeheartedly convinced of the recorded material working, got a nay from Elton John, split to Berlin for a few weeks, and there, among carefree creatures of the night, conceived what would be the spark to ignite the new sessions. It all sounds great in paper, but did the notion transfer legibly into music?

The first time they previewed material from Night work was in their twin shows at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC earlier this year. Songs sounded powerful, fun, pop flirting with electro and even some southern rock. After a first listen it is clear they took their time editing, with surprising results in some cases.

The title track opens the experience with an immediately enjoyable song that echoes of Ta-dah! but the fears are put to bed soon with lead single Fire with fire, in which Shears wonders "Is it just me or is everyone hiding out between the lines / what will we be when we come undone / Just a simple meaning of the minds" Sounding more like self doubt statement than a mere verse, it cues in to the heart of the record.

We are given a glimpse of the world he imagined while dancing in Berlin, of "what would have happened if we didn't have that crater (AIDS)" with the infectious Harder you get, which you can well guess what it's about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's interesting how you can find new music...... December 6, 2010
By Dolly
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I'm always looking for new music and new artists. I can never quite understand how some people listen to only one genre of music or don't open their ears and minds up to all the different styles out there. When I go to a concert I look for someone who can sing and has stage charisma, when I buy a CD I look for someone who can sing and has memorable music. Truth be told I never heard of Sissor Sisters or Jake Shears up until about one month ago. I find Jake intriguing. Love their funky music and their sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
excelent
Published 1 month ago by Juan Pablo
3.0 out of 5 stars Night Work needs Work
Nowhere near as good as previous work, but admittedly more mature and nuanced. Better talent, but less flavorful subjective effect.
Published 4 months ago by Todd Trimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fun dance cd
I listen to it all the way through on car drives. Not the most eclectic Scissor Sister album out there, but still a lot of fun.
Published 14 months ago by L. R. Rupinski
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my thing
Thought this would have music to make me move to. It was just loud and obnoxious. For the hard core rocker
Published 15 months ago by Sheryl McLaren
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Scissor Sisters nails it again with this album. Great beats and lyrics on most of the songs. My favorite songs are: "Fight Fire With Fire", "Invisible Light",... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Samuel McConnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
This is the Scissor sisters at their best! Love it! Their music is always fun, unique, and creative, and this is no exception!
Published 17 months ago by kml7
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It is ridiculous to have a minimum word requirement. bla h bla h blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Published 19 months ago by Sofia
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop danceable pop!
No Ta-dah, it's better. No ballads. There's nothing slow about this non-stop smooth gliding hard driving electro-pop. Get up and dance. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jerry Dunham
5.0 out of 5 stars Track-by-Track Review
**Originally posted on "#1 Hits From Another Planet" - 6/15/10

Scissor Sisters have been away for four years. That's like a lifetime for pop groups. Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by ElectricMelody
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Album
The Scissor Sisters are an awesome band with a great deal of talent that have simply shot themselves in the foot. Read more
Published on July 19, 2011 by Draven
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Why is this an import?
I am sure the US release is just not listed yet. I can not wait!
Track Listing is:
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... Read More
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