Oh, that hair! Anyway, I completely agree with D'Luv about Scissor Sisters. Read his comments and also those of Homo Eclectic and Paul at Zappin'. Now read mine...
Since this is an album that features cum facials, I will use a sexual metaphor to describe my reaction to Ta-Dah: it's like an orgasm that is building and building and you think "ooh, look what I've go in store" and then: something goes Slighty Wrong. One false move and somehow the whole thing falls flat. Lost pleasure. Is there a name for that kind of orgasm? That's how I feel about this CD.
The Sisters - and J'ason is right that they are missing their real sister Ana - seem stuck in a Satin Chic plonkety plonk groove. I mean, what does Elton really think? They really rip him off! Sigh. Rather than dwell on what leaves me lonely, I will highlight the woozy, hot bits:
1. The chorus of "Might Tell You Tonight" is tinkly loveliness. Very sweet. It's one of the few songs where I feel like the band really pushes into new territory - listen to the ooohs at 2:35. Even the final 20 seconds has a terrific banjo sound that ends the song on a light note.
2. The Barry Gibb-tastic middle eight of "Lights" (at 2:20) is amazing - the whole song is very good, but that's my fave part. What is the opening bit ripped off of?
3. "Paul McCartney" harkens back to the vim, verve and vigor of their first CD. It has a kitchen sink production: party noise, spoken bits, etc. The wah wah-ish guitar after the chorus is hilarious, the bridge at 2:07 is grade A and the message is sweet: "is it the music that connects me to you?"
4. "The Other Side" is welcome because it breaks from the samey groove that mires some of the tracks. J'ason, the first time I heard this, I thought of Kylie's single as well. Did you notice the sax at 3:50 is right out of Duran and Spandau?
Be not confused, filthy gorgeous peoples, I will buy the CD and see if it grows on me some more. I may end up revising my opinion as I get to know the songs. Below is the best song that is NOT on Ta-Dah...
Scissors Sisters Backwoods Discotheque
The Times Online gives Ta-Dah a good review. Note that the new Q Magazine also has a very good cover story on the band. Little info about the CD, but some fascinating background on the very likeable Ana and Jake. They also drop the gossip that they're working again with Kylie (yeah!) and Roxy Music (!).
Watch them give performance of "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" on Channel 4 and below is a strange preview for the album: