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from the album - Baby Come Home

released May 29th, 2012

Bio - from allmusic

A genre- and gender-defying mix of rock, pop, and dance inspired by burlesque, drag queens, and glam rock, New
York's Scissor Sisters made a splash in late 2003/early 2004 with their neon-bright reimagining of Pink Floyd's
"Comfortably Numb," the B-side to the band's first single, "Electrobix." The song made quite a name for the band,
which featured singers Jake Shears and Ana Matronic, keyboardist/bassist Babydaddy, guitarists Del Marquis and Derek
G, and drummer Paddy Boom: along with becoming the calling card that got the band signed to Polydor in the U.K.,
"Comfortably Numb" was heralded Single of the Month by Dazed and Confused and Jockey Slut magazines, named an
Essential New Tune by Pete Tong on Britain's Radio 1, and also received considerable play by DJs including Felix da
Housecat and Tiga. Scissor Sisters (whose name is slang for a lesbian sex act) came from the cutting edge of New
York's nightlife and gay culture, incorporating elements of burlesque and drag shows, as well as performance art,
into their theatrical live shows. This was the perfect setting for their music, which gleaned the best of Elton
John, the Bee Gees, the B-52's, David Bowie, and many other artists with a campy sense of humor and impeccable

After proving themselves one of the city's most dynamic live acts, Scissor Sisters won over British and European
audiences on a tour early in 2004 that coincided with the release of their self-titled debut album. That March, they
returned stateside for a South by Southwest gig with Junior Senior and the B-52's before returning to the U.K. to
tour with Duran Duran in support of the "Take Your Mama Out" single. The band continued to have a busy spring and
summer, launching its first U.S. tour in May -- coinciding with the stateside release of Scissor Sisters -- and
returning to Europe in June and July. These dates included two gigs supporting Scissor Sisters' spiritual and
musical godfather, Elton John, as well as appearances at festivals such as Glastonbury, T in the Park, Roskilde, and
the Montreux Jazz Festival. Late that year, Scissor Sisters were nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Record for
"Comfortably Numb." The band kept busy with touring and producing remixes during 2005, and returned with new
material in fall 2006, when the single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" hit number one in England. The band's subsequent
album, Ta-Dah, also topped the charts in Great Britain. In 2008, Paddy Boom left the group and was replaced by Randy
Schrager. After completing and then scrapping an entire set of songs, Scissor Sisters worked with producer Stuart
Price for their third album, Night Work, which was released in 2010 and preceded by the power ballad "Fire with
Fire." Guests such as Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris and Azealia Banks gave an edge to 2012's Magic Hour.

Album Review - from allmusic

The Scissor Sisters followed Night Work's dancefloor triumphs with Magic Hour, a set of songs that seem more
comfortable when they don't feel like dancing. Not that the group doesn't try to keep Night Work's momentum going:
Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, and company recruited Pharrell Williams and Calvin Harris to co-produce a couple of
tracks, and invited Azealia Banks to rap on "Shady Love." It's just that, much like on Ta-Dah!, this time Scissor
Sisters' skill at writing more introspective pop songs is that much sharper, and more prominent. Magic Hour shows
its hand right away with the great opening track "Baby Come Home," possibly the band's most appealing single since
"Don't Feel Like Dancin'" and definitely a showcase for the band's AM pop songwriting mastery -- they're still the
best among the many acts who dig through '70s and early-'80s pop for inspiration, such as Mika, Chromeo, and
Electric Guest. Pharrell helps the band attain breezy Bee Gees nirvana on "Inevitable," and Shears shines on "San
Luis Obispo"'s sunny, strummy pop and "Best in Me," which puts a melody that would easily fit on one of Scissor
Sisters' more retro tracks to a briskly contemporary arrangement. When the band does try to pick up the pace, the
results are mixed: sometimes they work their kinetic magic, as on the aerodynamic "Keep Your Shoes On" and the
Matronic showcase "Let's Have a Kiki," an anthem about low-rent fabulosity and justified cattiness, but too often
their attempts to get things moving feel contrived: despite Banks' fierce flow, "Shady Love" just doesn't have the
impact it should (although a more inspired remix would take care of that). While Magic Hour may not be as satisfying
to fans who just wanna dance as albums like Night Work and Scissor Sisters were, it should please those who enjoy
the band's formidable songwriting skills as much as cutting a rug -- and at the very least, it reaffirms that
Scissor Sisters still have more depth than some people give them credit for.

Track Listing

1. Baby Come Home
2. Keep Your Shoes On
3. Inevitable
4. Only The Horses
5. Year of Living Dangerously
6. Let's Have a Kiki
7. Shady Love
8. San Luis Obispo
9. Self Control
10. Best in Me
11. The Secret Life of Letters
12. Somewhere