Released: 18th September 2006.
It's been quite shocking to see how many of the class of 2004 have fallen prey to that deadly disease of DSAS (Difficult Second Album Syndrome) over the past 9 months. Keane, The Killers and Franz Ferdinand have all made albums that were either too different and "edgy" in comparison to their first album and/or a very good album that has failed in terms of sales in comparison to their first.
Fortunately for Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Baby Daddy, Del Marquis and Paddy Boom aka Scissor Sisters, this hasn't been so.
It seems like they are gliding through the challenge of following up their 2 million selling eponymous debut (bestseller of 2004 no less) quite easily from the sounds of this. Because they've stayed true to what their "spiritual homeland" love them for - big, romping disco beats and a general sense of a very big par-tay, such as the album's opener and their first UK #1, "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'".
Echoes of their idols are once again very prominent. Elton John ("She's My Man"), Giorgio Moroder ("Everybody Wants The Same Thing") and David Bowie ("I Can't Decide/Ooh").
Whilst many toffy nosed critics will claim they "haven't moved on", they will be eating their words when this has reached the same sales as their last album, mark my words. Once again, they've made the cut (excuse the pun).