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Key Tracks: "Shady Love," "Baby Come Home," "Let's Have a Kiki," "Inevitable."
If you are only going to listen to a single song on the Scissor Sisters' new album Magic Hour, listen to "Shady Love." Here, frontman Jake Shears transforms into his rapping alter ego, Krystal Pepsy, and drops some filthy rhymes over an equally filthy dance beat. On this masterful piece of production from Boys Noize, the kick drum throbs, the bass growls, and the Sisters' frontman spits some of the best lyrics I've ever heard.
"I was walkin' and talkin' / 'bout this bitch I met out in Boston / who I didn't see very often but hmmmmm," Shears groans.
There's so much fucking attitude in this song you will undoubtedly feel the urge to hit the streets in your mini skirt and jean jacket, punch someone in the face, and then immediately make out with him or her on the dance floor.
The other songs on the album are a mix of groovy pop ballads and dance numbers, which makes for a quick, entertaining listen overall. Magic Hour is definitely the Sisters' strongest effort since their debut album in 2004. A wide variety of collaborators (including Diplo, Pharrell and Calvin Harris) greatly diversifies the production.
Listeners may be scared away by the face-value cheesiness of Magic Hour, but they must understand that it's all in good fun. Scissor Sisters have always been one of the few bands who can craft something tongue-in-cheek that totally kicks ass, with "Let's Have a Kiki" being the most obvious example here.
Scissor Sisters' songs have a deceptively classic feel to them, and maybe you'd swear you have heard them before; that is totally understandable. Their music employs a perfect ratio of funk, sleaze and good-natured fun that creates an aura of familiarity and warmth. Like the albums before it, Magic Hour is anything but complex, with emphasis instead on highlighting the band's talents as well as sense of humor. It's refreshing when a band can grow and develop its sound, all the while sounding like they're still having a blast after all these years.
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