Scissor Sisters

Ta-Dah (Universal/Motown)

On their self-titled debut, the Scissor Sisters dipped their hands into a multitude of genres, which is what made the songs fun. In contrast, Ta-Dah overflows with nothing but pop and dance ditties. If the Bee Gees entered the studio with Elton John cohort Bernie Taupin and Beatles producer George Martin, the resulting album might have sounded like this. The opener and first single, "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," is a Gibb brothers flashback that features falsetto singing, a trend that unfortunately continues on tracks such as "Lights" and "Ooh." Meanwhile, "She's My Man"—one of the few songs to sport guitar riffs—centers around a rhythm ripped straight out of Sir Elton's "I'm Still Standing," enhancing lead singer Jake Shears' already-Elton-esque vocals. The piano-based "I Can't Decide" and "Interlude" possess all the pomp of rock and ragtime jaunts like the Beatles' "Martha My Dear" but lack the punch of the Sisters' older piano-driven tunes, such as "Better Luck Next Time."

 
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