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 Cut Out For Success
Before I begin, I'm going to have to ask your forgiveness for not updating in the last couple of weeks. I've been away in sunny Portugal, and only returned home on Thursday, in time for my eighteenth birthday on the first of September.

And so, after having presents, wads of cash, family members, and relationship troubles thrown at me, I'm back at the seat of my computer, setting a course for the heart of the sun. Failing that, I'll just head for a decent album.

And that's why I can't wait for the follow-up to Scissor Sisters' excellent debut album.

Ta-dah



No full stop, obviously. According to frontman Jake Shears, the album title has got "a lot of different meanings and layers. If you just look at the word Ta-dah with no exclamation mark, no full-stop, its very abstract. Theres magic behind that word, illusion behind that word. You think of performance, showmanship. But Ta-dah is also about expectations. Because this is a second album, theres an aspect of presentation."

Which, of course, is all well and good.

As for the actual music - which is, perhaps, one of the most important things about a new record - we only have their new single to go on. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' (possibly the most ironic song title ever) has a fantastic combination of an upbeat, dancy melody and melancholy lyrics, which works a hell of a lot better than you might expect. If this is any indication of how good the new album is, well, we're probably looking at something very special indeed.

I'll admit that the new single didn't take me on the first listen, unlike debut single "Laura", but it grew on me by the second, and took over my iPod by the third. Give it a chance, and dance.






I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters

They're touring in November, by the way. See you there.

James Hamilton
The Writer At The Gates Of Dawn
jameshamilton@eurofusion.net

Buy Cut Out For Success now at Play.com
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