The Scissor Sisters have no problem finding their audience, regardless of how utterly campy they are. Even the album cover of Night Work sets a new precedent for just how much the members of Scissor Sisters don't give a fuck about decorum or "taste." Exhibiting a clenched ass with pants tighter than anything Jim Morrison ever wore, Night Work's cover art is a good indication of the album's bawdiness.
Released on June 28th (forgive me father, for I have sinned for not reviewing it earlier), Night Work explores the usual Scissor Sisters themes: Troubled youth, getting dressed in drag queen-like garb to go out, and sex (whether paid for or not). The quality that makes this particular endeavor stand out from The Scissor Sisters' previous two albums is that Stuart Price was at the helm as producer. You may know his work from a fantastic record called Confessions on a Dance Floor or maybe you know him as Les Rythmes Digitales. And if you don't, you probably don't listen to The Scissor Sisters anyway.
Price's distinctive production style blends well with The Scissor Sisters’ glam rock/electronic sound. The marriage of these two tours de force (yes, that’s the plural of tour de force, like cul de sac is culs de sac) of gay electronic dance music will make you want to burst with sheer elation on the last track of the album, "Invisible Light." The up and down bassline of "Any Which Way" is also classically Les Rythmes Digitales, as featured on most every track of the 1999 album, Dark Dancer.
Night Work, though similar in many ways to The Scissor Sisters' debut and sophomore albums, is a departure in the sense that it is purely an homage to just having fun, whereas their prior albums always had at least one "message" song on it (i.e. "It Can't Come Quickly Enough,” a surprisingly non-sexual song from their first album, and the somewhat cheesy songs "Land of a Thousand Words" and "Everybody Wants the Same Thing" on Ta-Dah! The new album's title alone, Night Work, winkingly suggests fun with its allusion to prostitution.
So, to the confused, the transsexual, the homosexual, the heterosexual, and even the asexual, Night Work guarantees everyone to have a good time on the dance floor. Courtesy of Stuart Price.