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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 (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,659 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

Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

Something Like This: Good song, with a really nice beat.
Jeffery Bauman
Night Work could easily be considered a concept album, but feels more like a raunchy history of pop music lesson.
H. Semones
Let me say that if you liked the first Scissor Sisters record, then you are going to love this one too.
J. Lawrence

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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By H. Semones on 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 By S. Hughes on 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 By vedderoh1 on June 29, 2010
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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 By Douglas King VINE VOICE on July 13, 2010
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*** 1/2

It's clear from the front cover of "Night Work," which features a close-up of a spandex-clad, toned rear end, that the Scissor Sisters are not taking themselves too seriously with their third outing. It's also clear after a listen that they have no interest, at this point, in reinventing their sound.

Which isn't a bad thing. Their sound, although a pastiche of multiple influences, is still fairly unique sounding. Combine 70's disco (Jake Shear's falsetto sounds strikingly like the Bee Gees) with 80's electroclash, and then throw in a dash of punk attitude and a pinch of tongue-in-cheek sexuality, and voila ... instant fabulousness.

What keeps it all from being nothing but a hollow party is that the whole thing sounds like a real band, as opposed to a production made up mostly of electronic beats, samples, or studio musicians. You can tell that these people are living and working and playing and creating together. Jake Shear's lyrics, on close inspection, also come across as much more poignant as the party atmosphere might at first suggest.

My favorite songs on "Night Work" are the uptempo dance tracks. "Something Like This" throbs provocatively, "Sex and Violence" is sinister and sexy, and the closer, "Invisible Light", is a dancefloor epic that finishes with a spoken word homage to "Thriller" courtesy of Patrick Stewart. What's missing from this CD, that both their previous albums had, was at least one genuinely emotionally affecting song. The album tries, with "Fire With Fire", but it doesn't come close to the feeling behind tracks like "Can't Come Quickly Enough" from their debut, or "The Other Side" from "Ta-Dah".

Overall, I'd say it's a fun record, and I'm glad the Scissor Sisters are back with their usual bag of tricks. I'd like to see them trying adding a few new ones to their next outing.
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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"
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