So with Scissor Sisters having taken a proper amount of time away to work on their upcoming Night Work album, anticipation is high among fans. With snippets having been leaked for first single Fire With Fire produced by the in-demand Stuart Price, we have been given a promise of a return to form. But let me tell you, nothing will ever top the band’s debut self-titled disc. It was fun, emotional, invigorating, epic.
Although I’m hard pressed to criticize Fire With Fire as clearly it is a very pleasant track to listen to, it simply lacks the punch and brand of humour the band has created for itself. Are Scissor Sisters now taking themselves a little too seriously? My answer would be a definitive “yes”. This is an issue the band struggles with and upon speaking to lone female member Ana Matronic a few years back in Toronto at their Lee’s Palace show in 2004, she indicated to me that the band is very conscious of the dangers of being labelled as a “gay group” having been pressured by their label to edit tracks like Filthy Gorgeous to fit a wider audience.
There are a number of similiarities between Fire With Fire and The Killers’ Human which was also produced by Price. That single drew love-hate reactions that band’s fans and I am afraid that Scissor Sisters may face a similar fate with this single. I am still very hopeful of Night Work being a fantastic listen, but I just hope there’s still some of the actual group left in the album.
Listen to Fire With Fire, to be released June 20, 2010, in full below (audio content owned by Universal Music):