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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters
Universal/Motown Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It's 1976 all over again.

Glam Disco is living in the hotpants of the Scissor Sisters. Elton John is dancing in his platform shoes while Barry Gibb serenades you from the bottom of your staircase.

Though they have a little more depth to offer, the Scissor Sisters take the dancing and fun of disco and combine it with modern-day high nightlife to produce the album that will be played in gay bars across the land for the next three months (Those gay bars are always quick to turn on what's hip and/or becomes mainstream.).

I can see the men's room filled with coked-up, rail thin super models just itching to get on the dance floor while the gaudy Scissor Sisters start the party - men and women caked with makeup and glitter covered in feathers and pleather, shakin' it like a Polaroid picture to the first single, "Take Your Mama" - which could easily fit somewhere between Supertramp and Christopher Cross on top of a funky dance beat.

Thankfully, the music made on this album goes a little deeper than your usual disco dance fair. Songwriting is sitting shotgun while the grand spectacle of a show is driving at a breakneck speed down the superstar highway. The production on the album is top notch. If you like your music a little over the top, fun and charismatic, this is the band for you.

They even cover the Pink Floyd classic "Comfortably Numb," and turn it into a very strange Frankie Goes To Hollywood meets Survivor type song. Its new, more appropriate title? "Relax (don't do it) with the Eye of the Tiger".

Over the course of the album, each song creates its own environment. Everything is very strong and stylized (and polished with a glittery finish). My only complaint is how over-the-top everything is. As well-deservingly huge as it will get in the club circuit, it could stand to tame down the showmanship a bit.

There is already a lot of hype surrounding this band. I hope they use their powers for good and not evil; it's just that evil side is so tempting... Especially to a group of artsy hipsters who seemingly live the glamorous life.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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