Listen Up: Gardot, Scissor Sisters
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By Elysa Gardner, Brian Mansfield and Steve Jones, USA TODAYMay 28, 2012
Don't be deceived by the soft, shivery allure of Gardot's singing — a maelstrom of moods and textures lurks underneath, drawing you to giddy highs and sultry depths. On tunes that traverse styles from samba to bluesy pop, Gardot wields her power with a light, sure hand. She could teach other singers volumes about restraint.
Just in time for summer, Scissor Sisters greet a weary nation with hot grooves, breezy hooks and an exhilarating mix of nostalgia and mischief. From the percolating sweetness of Somewhere to the naughty euphoria of Let's Have a Kiki, Magic Hour is the perfect tonic for troubled times.
"Reaching for heaven is what I'm on earth to do," Alex Ebert sings on the more reflective of two albums his group will release in 2012. Here doesn't always grasp its target, but glimpses of the divine pop up — the friendship celebrated in That's What's Up, the Johnny Cash-like delivery of Man on Fire, the Tommy James-meets-Bob Marley bliss of One Love to Another. It only hints at the communal live experience, when the band's songs take full form.
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