Scissor Sisters
Night Work


4.0
excellent

Review

by For Meatplow USER (61 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2010 | 55 replies | 9,368 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Night Work: Scissor Sisters's retro-themed sexcapades

9 of 10 thought this review was well written

For a band to finally embrace all aspects of their persona can be one of the most exciting experiences, in terms of music; when you realize that their personality before was dull in comparison to the new, it alters your perspective of a band and what they can do. Scissor Sisters's Night Work is a cornerstone of acceptance, showcasing the pop group's full-blown dive into gay culture. As if the cover wasn't obvious enough, you've got the band's back catalog to support the claim. Before they were suggestive; now they're as straightforward as possible with homosexuality in all its forms. Hell, even the music is effeminate retro-pop, complete with flamboyant camp and exaggerated dance flair.

Scissor Sister's latest and greatest begins with what can easily be considered as a symbolic au revoir to their seventies pastiche, quickly doin' the hustle on into the early eighties when disco-lite met pop and what would soon be called new-wave in spectacular fashion. Synthesizers go at it, buzzing and chirping away while relatively simple drum beats and charismatic vocals make their way to the spotlight. "Invisible Light" is the most enthralling and humorous combination of these sounds, featuring a hysterical Italo-disco-clubber rendition, and if that wasn't dazzling enough, the irresistible synthesis of new-wave, synthpop, and epic proportions propels the track higher than thought possible. "Harder You Get" is a track that shows Night Work's blatant homoeroticism. "You won't escape alive/Of what's become your life /Stop crying like a child /You got what you want/And what I really want to do tonight/is toughen you up." Cuddly, right? The longer you listen, the more these sort of situations pop up.

They seem to criticize the surprising amount of drug use within their target audience on "Running Out" as well as the self-induced financial holes. "Skin Tight" is as obvious as innuendo can be: "Cause your skin tight /Fit me like a glove /Skin tight/Wrap me in your love." All of Night Work's tracks share similar subject matter, even if the tone, along with the music, gets more sardonic and dark as we approach the end.

These tracks approach the album's sound in a way that, even though you'd think it would be an obvious move, comes across as refreshing. No, it's not more vibrant - that's impossible in comparison to the colorful dance arrangements already in place. It takes a turn for the worse, capturing the feelings of someone yearning for human connection in an environment where it's all one-night stands. It's probably the smartest move the band's made so far in their career, because this makes the record all the more accessible; both gay and straight can relate to the feelings surrounding this half of the album. But the first half... not so much.



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Bitchfork
July 2nd 2010



7584 Comments


Seriously, this album is gayer than Boy George.

Willie
Moderator
July 2nd 2010



15897 Comments


Good review. I remember someone talking about this band, but he was pretty damn old and I never bothered to check it out.

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KILL
July 2nd 2010



71087 Comments


i got their first album, its catchy and pretty gay

Digging: David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

Bitchfork
July 2nd 2010



7584 Comments


This is gayer.

Thanks Willie.

bloc
July 2nd 2010



34730 Comments


I liked a few tracks off their older albums

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Bitchfork
July 2nd 2010



7584 Comments


This album's much better, tbqh.

Knott-
Emeritus
July 2nd 2010



10195 Comments


I loved their debut, disliked the follow-up. I think I'm gonna avoid this like the plague.

Bitchfork
July 2nd 2010



7584 Comments


Haha. I'm pretty sure you'd like this, Knott-. It's all eighties pop minus the first couple of tracks. Those are seventies pastiche.

Yazz_Flute
July 2nd 2010



18769 Comments


TAKE YO MOMMA OUT ALL NITE

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Bitchfork
July 2nd 2010



7584 Comments


Please? And my daddy, too?

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
July 2nd 2010



7322 Comments


Very nice review. I heard the first few songs off this and it sounded ok.

Yazz_Flute
July 2nd 2010



18769 Comments


I'm loling @ the album cover.

Prolapse
July 2nd 2010



4370 Comments


What gender of ass is that, i'm confused

Bitchfork
July 2nd 2010



7584 Comments


Thank you, AliW.

Prolapse, it's a man's ass, the hands are very manly, trust in me.


porch
July 2nd 2010



8453 Comments


Don't think i'll be getting this. Good review

Spare
July 2nd 2010



5270 Comments


their other albums were so awful so ugh

Bulldog
July 2nd 2010



3796 Comments


what gender of ass is that

123

sup bitchfork

Bitchfork
July 2nd 2010



7584 Comments


Emergency needs to create a new account and falunt his gayness in here.

Bitchfork
July 2nd 2010



7584 Comments


Nothing, Bully. Going outside in like ten minutes, you?

Emim
July 2nd 2010



26570 Comments


gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay



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