On The Record

This week's album reviews.

By Bill Chenevert
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Scissor Sisters

Night Work

(Downtown Records)

Sounds Like: Disco pop thrives with NY’s troupe of gender-bending queers under the guidance of Stuart Price (Madonna, Kylie, Killers) on this synth-friendly opus.

Free Association: Their debut was genius. Ta-Dah! was a bore. This one’s wicked good!

For Fans Of: Bee Gees, Blondie, Mika, Duran Duran, disco balls.

 

Maps & Atlases

Perch Patchwork

(Barsuk)

Sounds Like: Sometimes angular and punchy, others rhythmic and ecstatic, Chicago-bred math rockers’ debut is an occasionally wonky but solid LP.

Free Association: Oh snap, they usin’ a flute! Doesn’t make them Jethro Tull but still, props.

For Fans Of: Menomena, Shapes and Sizes, Man Man, sleepers.

 

Samantha Crain

You (Understood)

(Ramseur Records)

Sounds Like: The Oklahoman dynamo has a voice that barrels you over with thoughtful, mysteriously dark lyricism and a talented backing band to boot.

Free Association: Maybe its her Choctaw origin, but this girl’s got soul and it shows.

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