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Can You Hear The Drums, Fernando?

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“Ta Dah,” the sophomore studio album by our favorite disco sympathizers, Scissor Sisters, is a transcendent, gold lamé dancefest with thumpy and dazzling momentum that’ll give even the stodgiest fuddy-duddies a kick in the pants.

Dead-on-balls-accurate bass playing, melodies catchy like the herpes, and enough “homage” to fuel a thousand hustles, this polished and plucky record reads like a hazy, anthemic lullaby for the lubed.

The flaxen five (Jake Shears, Babydaddy, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis, Paddy Boom) gleefully spaz into eclectic musical tangents, but do not stray far from their glittery-retro-fusion sound. The sincerity of the songwriting, and the earnest delivery of disco ridiculousness, keep, “Ta Dah,” charmingly absurd without crossing over into clownish.

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The first single, an energetically falsetto’d, Elton John collaboration called, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin',” was released internationally on September 4th, and is like Hues Corporation meets Frankie Valli and The Brothers Gibb at the roller rink for the national tight-pants championship.

The album continues to deliver with highlights like, “She’s My Man,” a driving, rock tune that’s three parts All The Girls Love Alice, two parts Radar Love and one part Bonnie Tyler. “I Can’t Decide,” delivers a banjo picking, Kermit-the-Frog-on-crystal-meth type of post-psychedelic freakout. “Lights,” will make you feel sexy (and subsequently, dirty), and “A Land of a Thousand Words,” is like every teen-flick prom you wish you’d attended. “Kiss You Off,” is also noteworthy for the musical respect it pays to Blondie, and big ups to “Ooh,” for getting a little Peaches and Herb with its bad self.

Clearly, this record is a must buy; perfect for wife-swapping parties, glam orgies, baby showers, the morning blues, the afternoon blahs and all the evening pep talks you can stomach.

“Ta Dah,” will be available for mass consumption in the US on September 26th.

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