Ask any Madonna fan and the odds are good they will call "Confessions on a Dancefloor" some of her best work post-2000. It was unmistakably Madonna, helped along by Stuart Price's production to turn it into what, I agree, is one of her best works, not just post-2000, but period.
back to the subject at hand, Scissor Sisters came storming back onto
the scene with their 3rd disc "Night Work". After the mix of subdued
tones and glitzy trash-pop of "Ta-Dah", this one aims straight for the
80's, with a thick disco-ball sheen (even the Mapplethorpe cover art is
straight out of the 80's). From the live-to-dance opener of "Night
Work" to the dance-groove-meets-power-ballad "Fire with Fire" they start
a fire from the opening minute and don't let up. Price proves, from
start to finish, he has that touch - the producer who knows how, not to
just put their stamp on the tunes, but how to bring out the best a band
can do, and let that speak for itself. The grooves are sleeker, the
instrumentation tighter, and the energy level is off the charts.
album is a bit heavy on the high-glam sexytrash feeling with the lyrics
- but this is nothing shocking for the sisters. Few bands can unleash a
slew of double entendres, slinky come-ons, sneaky put-downs, and just
raw sex appeal, and make it sound so good. And the closing triplet
finishes it off so deftly - beginning with "Sex and Violence", with a
pulsing groove, but a bit subdued, kicking into the stomping "Nightlife"
and ending with the so-brilliant-it's-almost-blinding sheen of
"Invisible Light". Truly, a first class record in the vein of "If this
disc doesn't make you want to get up and move it, check your pulse", and
a worthy addition to your collection.