Handsome, charismatic, supremely talented. Where did it all go wrong for Jake Shears? With the beloved Scissor Sisters on a hiatus since 2012 following the release of their fourth album, Magic Hour, fears rose that audiences would never again get the chance to get jacked up on some cheap champagne to their infectious and quirky brand of pop. However, this month’s release of a self-titled solo album from Shears has brought all those good times back, effortlessly updating the classic Sisters sound into something new but equally, and importantly, fun.
It feels like a lifetime since we last heard a Scissor Sisters album, but could Jake Shears’ new solo debut be the closest we’ll get to it in 2018? The answer is both yes and no, as, while the self-titled record doesn’t forget that iconic SS sound, it does manage to represent Shears’ personality, both in its lyrics and its production.