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Dixie & Gayle's Album Of The Week
Whether it's an incredible version of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb or a massive original anthem like I Don't Feel Like Dancing, Scissor Sisters are used to pulling something amazing out of their rather flamboyant hat. However their last album Night Work lacked a bit of pzazz, so what have they got up their sleeves with Magic Hour?
Well, more tricks than a Paul Daniels Magic Set! The biggest hit so far is Only The Horses. Produced by Calvin Harris, it is stirring, emotional and it's good honest pop all at the same time. Baby Come Home is classic Scissor Sisters with its mix of funk and plinky plonk piano. Then Keep Your Shoes and Shady Love, although shamelessly hard and dirty, further demonstrate a clear return to form.
We also loved Let's Have a Kiki with Ana Matronic doing a brilliantly eighties style talky bit, reminding us of the Will Powers classic Kissing With Confidence crossed with Flying Lizzards version of Money (That's What I Want). It's actually the most bizarre answer machine message you've ever heard, but it really works.
If you're looking for something even more surprising, throw yourself into Self Control - it's house, it’s old school and it's fab.
There are also a couple of brilliant slowies in there, which don't quite match up to their mega hit Mary, but overall this could be another platinum album. In fact we're relieved and happy to say that Ana Matronic is back on it, Jake Shears is sharper than ever and Scissor Sisters can still cut it.