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NIGHT WORK

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: October 17, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B003LXM1RS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By H. Semones on June 29, 2010
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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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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. Nods to every great dance artist since the BeeGees. Invisible Light is outstanding. So are all the others, every cut is perfect. Plus the cover art is truly Art. Robert Mapplethorpe's Gym Shorts and Derriere(no it's not me). Sub-cultures makes the best dance. Also recommended: Party Monster soundtrack featuring It Can't Come Quickly Enough by Scissor Sisters.
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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", "Running Out" and "Skin This Cat".

If you liked Scissor Sister's previous two albums, you won't be disappointed with this one either!
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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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**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. Turns out, it took them that long to create what could be their masterpiece. In a career of strong albums, Night Work easily eclipses their last effort and gives their debut a run for its money. Blazingly energetic and, most importantly, consistent, it's the rare pop album that works all the way through. Pop is well and truly back!

1. Night Work - Kicks off the album with a blast. Full-on 80's dance guitars and a propulsive beat combine with wistful vocals about a life lived after the sun goes down. One of the strongest, most instant tracks. It reminds me, in parts, of Prince's 80's output. 10/10

2. Whole New Way - Jake uses his distinctive Laura vocals on this funky midtempo. And speaking of Prince, this vocal style reminds me of his Sign o' the Times era alter-ego Camille. The middle-eight here is wonderfully dramatic. 9/10

3. Fire With Fire - The album's big anthem, and the closest to approaching the Elton-esque pop of their last album. It's also the closest the album gets to a ballad, though the chugging euro-beat keeps things moving. A brilliant, soaring single. 10/10

4. Any Which Way - A huge disco track with stabbing strings, a dramatic siren opening and a welcome, campy spoken interlude from Ana. It's got everything a Scissor Sisters track should have. The Filthy/Gorgeous of this album, though not quite as classic. 9/10

5. Harder You Get - A hard-rock, 80's pastiche with smutty, spoken verses and a stick-in-your-head (or somewhere else...) hook. The blazing guitar solo towards the end is a new (and thrilling) diversion for the band. 9/10

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