1. Scissor Sisters – Night Work
What’s inside the party album of the year is perfectly described by the Robert Mapplethorpe cover: sexy, dirty, playful. It’s an album showcasing a band rediscovering the fun of their hungry years. Night Work could easily be considered a concept album, but feels more like a raunchy history of pop music lesson. The band, with the help of producer Stuart Price (Madonna, Kylie Minogue), have encapsulated 1977 – 1982 in nearly perfect chronological order as homage to the occupation of hitting the clubs. In other words, the night work. The only ballads here are power ballads with the remaining music being nothing but an opportunity to cavort with strangers in a dark, strob-lit party house. Night Work is a cocaine-induced night at Studio 54 in its prime. It’s writhing pleasure mixed with sweat from physical exertion — dance related or not. If only all history lessons were this fun.
Favorite songs: “Whole New Way,” “Any Which Way,” “Running Out,” “Something Like This,” “Sex And Violence,” “Night Life,” “Invisible Light”