Album Review – Scissor Sisters – Magic Hour – Track by track Analysis!
Album Review – Scissor Sisters – Magic Hour
My love affair with the Scissor Sisters has gone up and down over the years but like a strange relationship I have to know what the band are doing because of their earlier influences on me musically.
Their debut album and singles I loved, Take Your Mama and that whole era was such a success for the band, it was difficult for them to follow and I think time and record company pressures didn’t do them any favours. They have still produced some good singles from their other 2 albums such as ‘Fire with Fire’ and of course ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancing’ but their albums and chart success of non-lead singles didn’t quite excite as much as their debut.
So now the Scissor Sisters are on to their fourth album ‘Magic Hour’ – lets have a listen and then do a conclusion afterwards…
- Baby Come Home – this has now been confirmed as their second single from the album, it’s a very strong opener full of attitude and longing, very radio friendly too
- Keep Your Shoes – I don’t think this will be a single but it is interesting to listen too, not much happens in the track but the beats and lyrics actually sent me into a bit of a ‘music trance’ and in a good way.
- Inevitable – I’m taken back to the 90′s with that track, very smooth delivery by Jake it also manages to be quite saucy in places.
- Only the Horses – the lead single from the album, Calvin Harris is the ‘man of the moment’ so it made sense to serve this up, it is the most chart friendly of the album. It does feel a little generic though and their performance on The Voice UK could have been stronger to get it past that number 12 place on the UK singles chart. I just feel like it needs an extra spark to elevate it to pop perfection.
- Year of Living Dangerously – the track doesn’t quite live up to its title, it isn’t a dangerous track, if you listen to the lyrics then you would get the most of out it but it is a little boring in places
- Let’s Have a Kiki – ha ha this is a hilarious track, much more like a ‘Sisters song! I love the bitchy comments at the start of the track of a woman trying to get to and in to a club. I have no idea what a ‘kiki’ is but I don’t think it matters – this is pure fun. Again it won’t be a single but this has to be a fan favourite in the making!
- Shady Love – this was supposed to be the albums lead single, I’m glad it wasn’t it didn’t light my fire as a classic ‘Sisters track. Azealia Banks features on the track, it kind of falls into the above category – great live but it wasn’t a single choice.
- San Luis Obispo – this track has a Spanish flavour to its beat, I enjoyed listening to it, it made me feel light and happy. Will definitely be going on my Summer playlist.
- Self Control – back to the 90′s clubs again and to the sexy sounding vocals! Actually this is really good but it does remind me of songs and beat we’ve heard a hundred times before…its Chicago synths by the Scissor Sisters basically. But despite that I really enjoyed it, I think younger listeners will too.
- Best In Me – I didn’t like this song much, the lyrics were a little too sugar coated for my liking and the ‘MTV’ references were a bit ‘off’ as well.
- The Secret Life of Letters – this was the only track on the album that wasn’t a new cut for the band, it shows a little as the tempo is much calmer than the rest of the album. I enjoyed it as a change of pace on the album but it doesn’t quite fit into the listing, it brings the feel of the album down a bit.
- Somewhere – I found this track just passed me by, it was just there..I didn’t really connect to it – bit of a ‘background’ one.
- Ms Matronic’s Magic Message – a 27 second recording of Ana referencing the Kiki they had in track 6…hmmm!
- Fuck Yeah – UK bonus track – reminded me of a 90′s video game, like Super Mario Bros or something – really enjoyable as a bonus track, much better than some of the main album tracks!
The UK bonus tracks edition also features remixes of track 6 and 14.
I enjoyed listening to this album, I didn’t love it because in some ways I felt I’d heard it all before and that the Sisters were gunning for that hit LP with this release rather than perhaps following their own creative path. The tracks I liked the most were the ones I could indentigy with straight away as a Scissor Sisters track such as the hilariuous ‘Kiki track. I just don’t feel like the album has enough good material on it to make it a classic album…I’m in the middle on this one.
If you like this then perhaps try Sam Sparro, Madonna and Kylie Minogue.
Best tracks – Baby Come Home, Lets Have a Kiki, Self Control and San Luis Obispo. (Listen to Self Control by pressing play!)