Night Work (album)

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Night Work
Studio album by Scissor Sisters
Released June 28, 2010 (2010-06-28)
Genre Alternative rock, glam rock, nu-disco
Length 44:21
Label Polydor Records (UK)
Universal Records (US)
Producer Stuart Price, Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters chronology
K-Mart Disco
(2007)
Night Work
(2010)
iTunes Festival: London 2010
(2010)
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[edit]

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.

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.[2]

The cover art is a 1983 Robert Mapplethorpe photograph of dancer Peter Reed.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

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

Commercial performance[edit]

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[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Attitude 5/5 stars[6]
Daily News 4/5 stars[7]
Drowned in Sound (4/10)[8]
Entertainment Weekly A-[9]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[10]
musicOMH 3.5/5 stars[11]
NME (7/10) [12]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10)[13]
PopMatters (5/10)[14]
Robert Christgau A-[15]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[16]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[17]
Spin (6/10)[18]
The Times 4/5 stars[19]
Yahoo! Music UK 6/10 stars[20]

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

Chart performance[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

"Something Like This"

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Shears, Jake (2011-01-20). "What Robert Mapplethorpe means to me". 
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