Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters (15th Anniversary)
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On their self-titled debut album, the Scissor Sisters not only do quite a few genres justice (not least of which is witty, irreverent pop songs) but both their idiosyncratic approach to music and their sensibilities seem to have common roots in glam-era rock or Philly soul.
The lead single "Laura", with its overflow of rollicking piano and wah-wah guitar, is the hyper-jovial opener. Break-up song "Better Luck" and the falsetto-drenched disco cover of "Comfortably Numb" are the dancing-with-tears-in-your-eyes tracks.
Best of all are "Take Your Mama" and "Return to Oz". The former is a clever Primal Scream-meets-"Freedom '90" suggestion to come out to your mother during a night on the town. The latter is a weary, hungover ballad lamenting the influence of crystal meth on the gay nightclub scene.
'Scissor Sisters' has been half speed remastered by Abbey Road Studios, resulting in the very highest quality sound record. Heavyweight audiophile vinyl pressed by Polydor Records in 2019.