A mixed bag from the Nation's Favourite Wacky Uncles (and Aunt)
Scissor Sisters’ last album, 2010’s ‘Night Work’, was a triumph of sorts. It was all sleaze-pop references and a general sense of disorder that flew in the face of their previous incarnation as the Nation’s Favourite Wacky Uncles (and Aunt). And although they’ve backtracked ever so slightly on ‘Magic Hour’ (it’s co-produced by Calvin Harris), the best bits retain the shadow of Lower East Side grot that made ‘Night Work’ so good. Both the Azealia Banks featuring ‘Shady Love’ and ‘Let’s Have A Kiki’ (no, us neither) are ridiculously unhinged electroclash throwbacks, while ‘Self Control’ mines the same Chicago house references that Azari & III have drawn from with such success. These high points are starkly contrasted with single ‘Only The Horses’, a hollow bauble of Harris-lite, and the rather ‘meh’ ballads like ‘Best In Me’ and ‘Year Of Living Dangerously’. A mixed bag, sure, but there’s signs that they are still fighting the good fight for weirdos everywhere.