Magic Hour - Scissor Sisters
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32

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  1. May 29, 2012
    Just finished my first listen of Magic Hour. I am not feeling magical yet that's for sure! I will have to give it a few more spins because I didn't feel much on the first listen. What I did feel is this, Magic Hour seems generic and falls flat with the ballads. Jake Shears isn't known for his vocal ability (or lack there of) so when he's singing ballads on this album it's confusing and it doesn't work effectively. KEY TRACKS: Somewhere, Shady Love, Let's Have A Kiki, Only The Horses and Baby Come Home. DUDS: Inevitable, Self Control and The Secret Life of Letters. And sadly I don't remember the others tracks. I give it a modest 3 out of 5 stars. Just my opinion. I LOVE them though! Night Work was basically the only album I listened to in 2010! Maybe next album them can make HAWT dance beats again. And less ballads. Expand
  2. Jun 4, 2012
    Not Going To Jump For Joy Over The Very "Plain" Songs Again...
    Just Plain Boring.....
    Just Not Original...
    Sorry Sisters You CAN DO BETTER!
  3. Jun 17, 2012
    Jake Shears doing his best John Cameron Mitchell. Starts strong before showing a threadbare quality. Its lacking confidence and skill of Night Work which is a shame considering it kicks off with a giddy start.
  4. Jun 9, 2012
    I know that the sisters aren't the most sophisticated indie band around the block, but those mainstream dance tracks are downright cheap club backround music.
  5. Nov 25, 2012
    I think Magic Hour was a slightly new direction for the band but one they shouldn't have tried. It does nothing for what they're capable of, especially the slower tracks that don't sound like Scissor Sisters or suit them at all. Ultimately I believe that's why their popularity has been dying out over the years. They do switch up and try new things, but the quality of their music declines steadily with time. The Scissor Sisters people fell in love with seem to be gone and replaced by mind-washed robots who are making music as if they're forced to, not for the love of it. I think it's great they've taken a hiatus, and I really hope it helps them gather themselves and find their passion for music again. I think they have it in them to create really great music, but they just have to give it time and believe in what they're making. Otherwise it will just turn out a mess like Magic Hour. Expand
  6. May 31, 2012
    On the new album of Scissor Sisters - "Magic Hour" through such songs as "Baby Come Home", "Year Of Living Dangerously" or "Best In Me" can be seen attempts to vary the songs by for example - perhaps best seen in "Somewhere" electronic inserts, but this do not change the fact that throughout the CD is a constant feeling of shoddy work.
  7. Mar 23, 2014
    This album includes the quirky sounds of 'Scissor Sisters' and the fun sounds of 'Ta-Dah' but does seem to lack the powerful sounds of 'Night Work'. However, what it might lack in power, it certainly makes up for in quirk.
  8. May 31, 2012
    I never thought i would find myself saying this but Magic Hour, the new album from the Scissor Sisters is just boring. With the exception of a few songs the album is down right boring.
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    May 30, 2012
    This album is a grower. There are fun party tracks that are almost as strong as "Night Work" (their best album by far) but there are also more chill songs that evoke their earlier sounds. It's not a perfect album but after listening to it for 2 days, I am really into it. Can't wait to see you guys in July!
  10. Jun 14, 2012
    Pop-Dance a la medida de los tiempos, bien elaborado. Es cierto que el sonido parece contener poca emoción y se siente desapegado ¿pero no es también, hasta cierto punto, un signo de los tiempos en el que algunas drogas han llevado a la humanidad a una especie de estado de frialdad, cercano al adormecimiento para con el entorno? Es en esa órbita que el equipo formado por Anna Matronic-Babydaddy-Del-Randy Real-Marquis-Jake Shears (sí, como el Billy Shears de los Beatles en Sgt. Pepper...) parece haber encontrado una propuesta pragmática en relación a la necesidad de los escuchas, planteando este trabajo de manera sencilla, sin complicaciones para el oyente. ¿Lo convierte esto en easy-listening? De ninguna manera, no, no y no. Las letras son directas y la música tambien lo es, a ver...eso es claridad. Simplemente lo escuchas y lo disfrutas (o no, puedes odiarlo; es un país libre) El sonido general más allá de lo que consideramos más arriba es impecable y criterioso. Baby Come Home, una composición pop para conformar a las radios abre el disco y de ahí en más nos queda clara cual es la intención: dance, dance y mas ó menos dance. La edición Deluxe trae cuatro bonus track de los cuales tres, son remixes, más dos videos, uno musical y otro un detrás de bambalinas. Entretiene holgadamente Expand
  11. Jul 1, 2012
    Success came and went relatively quickly for the Scissor Sisters. Their self-titled debut album spawned five hits and went on to sell close to 3 million copies in the UK; an odd achievement considering the band never really
  12. Jul 13, 2012
    A celebration of club life with a hint of melancholy that things are changing. New producers inject a tighter sound against the band's whip-smart lyrics.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Oct 12, 2012
    They pull it out of the hat in quite an extraordinary fashion here. [Jul 2012, p.94]
  2. Jun 27, 2012
    Smoky, slow- paced, disco soul with Bee Gees-style falsetto harmonising, it's the type of grown-up pop Scissor Sisters can pull off like few others.
  3. Jun 19, 2012
    Magic Hour's never exactly bad. It's worse than that. It's boring.