- Audio CD (October 17, 2012)
- Original Release Date: October 17, 2012
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Downtown
- ASIN: B003LXM1RS
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,178 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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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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If you liked Scissor Sister's previous two albums, you won't be disappointed with this one either!
This time around the band creates a far more straightforward dance album with producer Stuart Price. The results are very 80's meets 70's dance floor leg warmers. The theme of sexual exploration set against a night of experimentation permeates the album. From "Whole New Way", "Any Which Way", "Harder You Get", "Skin This Cat", "Skin Tight" and "Sex and Violence" you can tell the band is living up to its name.
There are some blissful moments such as the vocal melody on "Fire With Fire", one of the best tracks here with its anthemic hopefulness. Elsewhere, the band incorporates Kraftwerk's "Radioactivity" into "Something Like This". And then there's the six minute trance-like "Invisible Light" that closes the album--a track that shows the band moving in a slightly different direction.
With all this retro 80's and 70's mash-up it seems as if the band is holding steady. What I mean by this is, all three of Scissor Sisters' albums are neither classic five star albums or below average one star albums. They break even every time. As much as I liked "Night Work" I found myself wondering if this is all the band plans to do musically--mash up past musical trends. Or will they be daring and shift gears for their next album? The mark of a great band is one who begins with trends, and then develops into something all their own. Scissor Sisters keep threatening its fans with a really great album, but it hasn't materialized just yet.
Four stars, because "Night Work" is entertaining and catchy, never dull or uninspired. Yet, it's not more than that. The lyrics are a bit pedestrian, as if the band was afraid to really push the envelope like Prince did in his best days. I found myself listening to the lyrics thinking that there's nothing new there. There could have been something more. Musically, "Night Work" is a nice retro-feel album with a modern twist, but just listen to a band like Passion Pit, and how they turn a retro sound into something approaching original. I think Scissor Sisters played it safe here. I wonder what the scrapped album sounded like before they went ahead and gave us this? Was it more experimental? Would it have alienated fans? I wonder.
Here's my comparison chart for "Night Work" compared to Scissor Sisters' previous work:
2004 Scissor Sisters: Four Stars
2006 Ta-Dah: Four Stars
2010 Night Work: Four Stars
If none of the first four songs grab you, check your pulse. Night Work pounds its way into Whole New Way which totally hooked me only 4 bars in. WNW accomplishes the feat of being both catchy and risque. Any Which Way, Something Like This, and Skin This Cat are also winners and I suspect that one or two more tracks will grow on me.