Night Work (album)
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Night Work Album
Night Work
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Studio album by Scissor Sisters
Released June 28, 2010 (2010-06-28)
Genre
Length 44:21
Label Polydor Records (UK)
Downtown Records (US)
Producer Stuart Price, Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters chronology
Singles from Night Work
  1. "Fire with Fire"
    Released: June 20, 2010
  2. "Any Which Way"
    Released: September 20, 2010
  3. "Invisible Light"
    Released: December 16, 2010

Night Work is the third studio album by American band Scissor Sisters. The album was released on June 28, 2010, and was preceded by the release of lead single "Fire with Fire" on June 20.

Background

On May 8, 2010, it was reported that a previous version of the record had been "scrapped" in 2009. Singer Jake Shears said, "If it wasn't something we could fully get behind and believe in, I think the band was going to be over."[1] The band then teamed up with producer Stuart Price to create Night Work. Shears fled to Berlin for a few months, where he gained inspiration for the songwriting and tracks on Night Work.

Per the album tour programme, over a dozen songs didn't make the cut for the album, including Who's Your Money, Thanks For Asking, Television, Taking Shape, Second Heart, Number 1 In 3rd World, Hey Now, Major For You, Dogs, Hollywood Wives, Permanent Wave, Private Midnight, and Sadistic. In addition to some of these songs, others were crowd-tested in 2008 at live performances such as The Other Girls, Singularity, Not The Loving Kind, Uroboros, Who's There, and a cover of Roxy Music's Do The Strand.[2][3]

The first single released from the album was "Fire with Fire", which was followed by "Any Which Way". "Invisible Light" was released in an EP format on Boys Noize Records on August 16, 2010, featuring the original track as well as remixes by Boys Noize, Stuart Price, and Siriusmo. This EP was released on a transparent, yellow vinyl edition in addition to CD and download formats.[4]

The cover art is a 1983 Robert Mapplethorpe photograph of dancer Peter Reed.[5][6]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Night Work"Jason Sellards, Scott Hoffman, Derek Gruen, Stuart PriceStuart Price, Scissor Sisters3:08
2."Whole New Way"Sellards, Hoffman, PriceStuart Price, Scissor Sisters2:53
3."Fire with Fire"Sellards, Hoffman, PriceStuart Price, Scissor Sisters4:13
4."Any Which Way"Sellards, Hoffman, Ana Lynch, PriceStuart Price, Scissor Sisters4:41
5."Harder You Get"Sellards, Hoffman, PriceStuart Price, Scissor Sisters3:06
6."Running Out"Sellards, Hoffman, Santi WhiteStuart Price, Scissor Sisters3:09
7."Something Like This"Sellards, HoffmanStuart Price, Scissor Sisters3:02
8."Skin This Cat"Hoffman, Lynch, SellardsStuart Price, Scissor Sisters2:41
9."Skin Tight"Sellards, Hoffman, PriceStuart Price, Scissor Sisters3:26
10."Sex and Violence"Sellards, HoffmanStuart Price, Scissor Sisters4:14
11."Night Life"Sellards, Hoffman, Lynch, Gruen, PriceStuart Price, Scissor Sisters3:37
12."Invisible Light"Sellards, Hoffman, Lynch, PriceStuart Price, Scissor Sisters6:14

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number eighteen on the US Billboard 200, selling 18,260 copies in its first week, giving Scissor Sisters their second top 20 album.

In the UK, the album debuted at number two, behind Eminem's album Recovery, selling 46,071 copies. In its second week, the album fell to number four.

Critical reception

According to Metacritic the album was met with generally favorable reviews, reaching a metascore of 72 based on 21 reviews.[23]

Chart performance

Charts (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 10
Austrian Albums Chart[24] 36
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders) 43
Belgium Albums Chart (Wallonia) 38
Canadian Albums Chart 23
Danish Albums Chart[25] 36
Dutch Albums Chart 29
Finnish Albums Chart[26] 22
French Albums Chart[27] 19
German Albums Chart[28] 29
Greek Albums Chart[29] 2
Irish Albums Chart 11
Italian Albums Chart[30] 39
New Zealand Albums Chart[31] 36
Norwegian Albums Chart 31
Spanish Albums Chart[32] 28
Swedish Albums Chart 15
Swiss Albums Chart[33] 12
UK Albums Chart 2
US Billboard 200[34] 18
US Billboard Digital Albums[34] 5
US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums[34] 3
US Billboard Independent Albums[34] 1

Personnel

References

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