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Scissor Sisters (album)

Scissor Sisters
Studio album by Scissor Sisters
Released February 2, 2004
Recorded 2003
Length 43:02
Label Polydor (UK)
Universal Motown Records (U.S.) B0002772-02
Producer Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters chronology
The Demo Album
Scissor Sisters
Singles from Scissor Sisters
  1. "Laura"
    Released: October 27, 2003
  2. "Comfortably Numb"
    Released: January 2004
  3. "Take Your Mama"
    Released: March 29, 2004
  4. "Mary"
    Released: October 11, 2004
  5. "
    Released: January 3, 2005

Scissor Sisters is the debut studio album by American 5-piece band Scissor Sisters, first released in 2004 (see 2004 in music). It was released by Polydor in the UK. It reached number 1 on the UK and Irish albums charts, and was the best-selling album of 2004 in the UK. Since its release it has gone 9× Platinum in the UK, selling over 2,100,000 copies in the country alone.[1] In Ireland it has been certified 5× Platinum. The album was not as successful in their native USA, peaking at #102 on the Billboard 200. The album has sold 3,300,000 copies worldwide,[2] and is listed as one of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in the book of the same name, edited by Robert Dimery.

The album won Best International Album at the 2005 BRIT Awards. In July 2006 it was named by Attitude as the top gay album of all time.[3]


  • Critical reception 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Release history 4
  • Charts and certifications 5
    • Charts 5.1
    • Certifications 5.2
  • References 6

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (81/100)[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [5]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[6]
The Guardian [7]
NME (9/10)[8]
Pitchfork Media (8.3/10)[9]
PopMatters [4][10]
Robert Christgau B+[11]
Rolling Stone [12]
Stylus Magazine A[13]
USA Today [14]
Yahoo! Music UK [15]

The album received universal acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 81, which indicates "universal acclaim".[4]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Laura"   Scott Hoffman, Jason Sellards Scissor Sisters 3:36
2. "Take Your Mama"   Hoffman, Sellards Scissor Sisters 4:31
3. "Comfortably Numb" (Pink Floyd cover) David Gilmour, Roger Waters Scissor Sisters 4:25
4. "Mary"   Hoffman, Sellards Scissor Sisters 4:43
5. "Lovers in the Backseat"   Hoffman, Sellards Scissor Sisters 3:15
6. "Tits on the Radio"   Hoffman, Ana Lynch, Sellards Scissor Sisters 3:16
7. " Hoffman, Lynch, Sellards Scissor Sisters 3:46
8. "Music Is the Victim"   Derek Gruen, Hoffman, Sellards Scissor Sisters 2:57
9. "Better Luck"   Gruen, Hoffman, Sellards Scissor Sisters 3:08
10. "It Can't Come Quickly Enough"   Hoffman, Sellards Scissor Sisters 4:42
11. "Return to Oz"   Hoffman, Sellards Scissor Sisters 4:34


Release history

Country Date
United Kingdom February 2, 2004
United States July 27, 2004

Charts and certifications


Preceded by
A Grand Don't Come for Free by The Streets
Room on the 3rd Floor by McFly
American Idiot by Green Day
Hopes and Fears by Keane
UK number one album
July 10, 2004 – July 16, 2004
July 24, 2004 – July 30, 2004
January 16, 2005 – January 22, 2005
February 27, 2005 – March 5, 2005
Succeeded by
Room on the 3rd Floor by McFly
A Grand Don't Come for Free by The Streets
Hot Fuss by The Killers
Some Cities by Doves


  1. ^ Platinum Awards Search
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "Beatles Top Gay Album". Leeds:  
  4. ^ a b c "Critic Reviews for Scissor Sisters - Metacritic". Metacritic. 
  5. ^ Scissor Sisters (album) at AllMusic
  6. ^ "Album Review: Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters". DrownedInSound. 
  7. ^ Dorian Lynskey. "CD: Scissor Sisters, Scissor Sisters". the Guardian. 
  8. ^ "NME Reviews - Scissor Sisters : Scissor Sisters - NME.COM". NME.COM. 12 September 2005. 
  9. ^ "Scissor Sisters". Pitchfork. 
  10. ^ "Scissor Sisters". PopMatters. 
  11. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: scissor sisters". 
  12. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived March 9, 2009)
  13. ^ "Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters - Review - Stylus Magazine". 
  14. ^ " - Nothing's gonna stop Terror Squad, Scissor Sisters". 
  15. ^ Yahoo! Music UK review at the Wayback Machine (archived November 2, 2004)
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