Gorgeous and Filthy
Bradley Jacobson | 04/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I tell you there isn't a bad song on this set; the boys and girl from the girtty part of New York City that is still in tact, the Scissor Sisters conquered the UK of course; since unlike any US counterparts lately, they actually enjoy good music across the pond. Combining the elements of Robbie Williams, Elton John, Beck and just about every other enchanting lad of late, the album is a dance wave rock rave from beginning to end - "Filthy Gorgeous", "Take Your Mama Out", the reworking of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" - no matter where your random button hits you're going to hear a dose of pure pop genius. When the album came out I began putting random Scissor Sisters songs on the compilation discs I made and let me tell you I made fans out of every single person who ran and bought the album themselves - and hello Jake Shears can tear up the scenery and there are two gay boys in the band! It's about time music can be music and not just a sub category of queer rock. It gives me hope for the likes of oh, I don't know my band Swivek. Oh and if you haven't already bought it - get We Are Scissor Sisters and So Are You! - a concert film that has tons of fun extras and one of the best live performances I've seen in a while.
silt | Portland Maine, USA | 01/18/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The influences (BeeGees, Elton John, rave-era before pushing as many beats as possible) can be nearly overwhelming but if you're going to ape your influences, at least they do it well. Some of the tracks, "Take Your Mama Out", "Filthy, Gorgeous", "Laura" are strong enough to work off the dance floor.
There's absolutely no excuse for the dire cover of "Comfortably Numb", which ignores both the famous guitar solo and the floating dread of the song. You can skip one or the other but not both. Maybe it works for late night club kids, tired, doses fading, but I'm too old for that: all I hear is a K-tel release. BeeGees Cover Pink Floyd! Special Budget price! Special bundle with Disco Superman Soundtrack!
There's nothing on the album with a fresh sound--"Return to Oz" is strong but may as well be a Stardust era Bowie outtake--but these guys are obviously talented."