Release Date: Sep 26, 2006
Record label: Universal
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Dance
Recently, a bold journalist asked Roger Waters if he had ever heard Abba's swansong The Visitors, an album he felt bore unlikely similarities to Pink Floyd. Offering a salutary reminder that, in an age of Guilty Pleasures, some areas of the rock establishment remain immune to the habit of reappraising what was once deemed irrevocably naff, Waters cut the journalist short. "From the first bar I ever heard by Abba," he snapped, clearly mortally offended, "I was an ex-listener." It's tempting to wonder what Waters would make of the first bars of I Don't Feel Like Dancin', the current single from the Scissor Sisters, who made their name by releasing a preposterous disco reinterpretation of his earnest, soul-searching ballad Comfortably Numb.
The first Scissor Sisters album was one of the catchiest debuts of the new millennium, but also one of the best-crafted. All camp on the surface but with plenty of substance underneath, it succeeded because the group wrote fantastic songs and backed them with excellent productions, usually in the vein of their biggest pop/dance heroes, from the Bee Gees to George Michael. If the follow-up, Ta-Dah, doesn't reach as high as its predecessor, it's certainly not the fault of some spot-on arrangements by head producer Babydaddy.