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Scissor Sisters deliver about three-quarters of a 'Magic Hour'

Published: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 15:06

The millennial progeny of David Bowie and Madonna, the Scissor Sisters, had their breakout hit in 2002 with a disco cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb." They've since released four albums, all rooted in glam rock and electroclash, including their newest, Magic Hour.

While the band's first two releases were imaginative and colorful, their last album, 2010's Night Work, was a bit by-the-book with predictable hooks and tired melodies. Magic Hour is a noticeable improvement on that.

It's unexpectedly diverse, while still rooted in carnal electronic dance music. "Keep Your Shoes On" combines a Baltimore club banger with reggaeton and Southern rap, while the kinky earworm "Let's Have a Kiki" takes cues from Middle Eastern and Caribbean rhythms and spoken word. 

But for all the funky and memorable tunes that populate most of the album, the last quarter of it drags on with uninspired synths and unmemorable melodies.

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