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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
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What's the story?
Clever -- if risqué -- lyrics, unusual musical arrangements, and a delicious sense of the absurd make the Scissor Sisters' CD, TA-DAH, absolutely irresistible, danceable fun. Referencing hits of the disco era while making music that still sounds fresh and original, they blast out of the gate with "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" -- a sure-fire hit that will remind listeners of vintage Elton John even before they realize that the song was co-written by John himself. The Sisters continue on a kind of alternate-universe tour of the sound stylings of Fleetwood Mac, Abba, David Bowie, and the Bee Gees, with saucy lyrics loaded with clever innuendo and even some actual poetry.
Is it any good?
Yes, this CD is sexy, and some of the imagery contains pretty dark stuff, but the innuendo is crafted skillfully enough to fly over the heads of those not mature enough to understand, and the writing is literate and intelligent. Performances are wonderful, with unusual instrumentation and mixes that sound fresh and clear; every track is audible and appropriately mixed. For smart teenagers with imaginative and poetic souls, the Scissor Sisters are worth putting up with some slightly inappropriate-for-family-listening content. The music has the potential to inspire creativity rather than dull the senses, and reminds us how fun making music can be.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes this album different from many other pop albums. What unusual instrumentation and arrangements give the Scissor Sisters their glossy, campy sound? Why do they sound like they're having so much more fun than the musicians in a lot of other groups?