Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Scissor Sisters - Live At Luna Park

I love the Scissor Sisters. Their debut was pretty much flawless and they are responsible for one of my all time favourite Kylie tracks (the unreleased gem "I Know"). And it doesn't hurt that I want to do bad, bad things to Del Marquis and Babydaddy. So you can imagine how excited I was about last night's Sydney concert - despite my misgivings about their latest album. Unfortunately, the show turned out to be as stale and boring as "Night Work". Half a decade of recycled ideas is really starting to take its toll on the band and fans alike, if the lacklustre turn out was any indication. Their Elton John trapped in a San Fran darkroom circa 1979 pastiche was a breathe of fresh air back in 2004 but it's getting more tired than Madonna's vagina. As is their increasingly formulaic stage craft. Jake still prances around like the poor man's Freddie Mercury, while Ana does her best not to look completely useless by 'playing' the tambourine and doing the occasional bit of bad choreography. Thank gay Jesus for the other members - who concentrate on menial tasks like playing their instruments competently and looking sexy. Without trying.

It wasn't a complete write off. Songs like "Laura", "Comfortably Numb" and "Take Your Mama" still sound amazing live and I'd forgotten how much I like at least half of "Ta-Dah". Fabulous tranny anthem "She's My Man" and Ana's failed bid at landing Jake's job "Kiss You Off" went down a treat with fans. Unfortunately, those gems only serve to underline the mediocrity of their new material. The stillborn lead single "Fire With Fire" is just as deathly boring live as it is on the album, while songs like "Nightlife" and the title track cover very familiar territory. On the bright side, "Whole New Way" is hot without sounding like it belongs on a porn soundtrack (hello "Harder You Get") and "Any Which Way" stands out as a massive hit in waiting. "Invisible Light" comes a very close second but I think the Sisters wasted it as a pre-album promo single. Stupid. Re-reading this review, it comes across a lot harsher than intended. The Scissor Sisters still bring something different to the pop world and occasionally knock out a great pop tune but I know they're capable of so much more. Maybe they just set the bar too high. A very average concert from a band who used to be anything but.

11 comments:

the writer said...

I downloaded "Night Work" and I found it very boring and mediocre.Are we supposed to dance to the album's songs because I think that no one will do?

D'luv said...

I can't believe it's been now six years since the release of Scissor Sisters' first album. And you're right on with the statement that their recycled ideas fall flat at this point. They really should have had at least one album out between Ta Dah and this one, and gone in a totally different direction by now.

I played Night Work once last month when I got a promo copy, and while it didn't grate on me, I just never found myself returning to it.

Such a shame since "Invisible Light" seemed so promising when it first arrived in April.

At any rate, I saw the Sisters live twice in 2004 and then one more time in 2006. I doubt I'll venture out this time for them.

daniel said...

Night work is seriously boring and lame. I didn't buy it.

tidusin said...

I personally think that Night Work is one if their finest albums.

People think that the first album was ok, the second was shit and this one was ubershit, but I don't. Ta Dah is their best work, but Night Work is really close, with some highlights and some boring moments.

If they just let Ana be the leader and let Jake be the toyboy (what he does better) everything would be so different...

Jump! said...

They really are a boring wank.

Paul said...

Oh. I quite liked them when i saw them in June. But i have such low standards that i'm usually pleased by an unfinished wank :)

John said...

I'm seeing them in September, and that will be show #3. I'm with D'Luv that while I don't hate the album at all, I haven't been driven to return to it, either.

Mike said...

I think I'm just bored with their whole retro sound. I know they can do different things - just listen to Del Marquis' solo stuff or the music Jake has written for Kylie. They should have kept "Too Much" for themselves!

Ben said...

I wasnt blown away either but they are still good. Night Work is really good

Matt said...

Loved it!!!

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