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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2006 (2006-09-15)
RecordedMay 2005–2006
GenreGlam rock, pop rock
LabelPolydor (UK)
Interscope (US)
ProducerScissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters chronology
K-Mart Disco
Singles from Ta-Dah
  1. "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'"
    Released: July 19, 2006
  2. "Land of a Thousand Words"
    Released: 4 December 2006
  3. "She's My Man"
    Released: March 5, 2007
  4. "Kiss You Off"
    Released: 28 May 2007

Ta-Dah is the second studio album by American alternative band Scissor Sisters, released on September 15, 2006. It was produced by the band and features collaborations with Elton John, Carlos Alomar, and Paul Williams. The album debuted at number 19 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 42,000 copies in its first week. Upon its release, Ta-Dah received positive reviews from most music critics.

Release and promotion[edit]

The album's release in the United Kingdom, on September 18, 2006, was preceded by the release of the single, "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'". The song reached number one on both the UK Singles and Download charts in September 2006.

"Land of a Thousand Words" was released as the second single from the album, peaking at number 19 in the UK. "She's My Man" was the third single released in early March 2007 and managed to chart at number 29. The next single that was released was "Kiss You Off" on May 28. This was the poorest charting of the singles of Ta-Dah, only being able to reach number 43. This has, so far, been the lowest charting UK single on initial release. "I Can't Decide" charted at number 64 on downloads alone, on the strength of being used in the Doctor Who episode "Last of the Time Lords".


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]
The Guardian4/5 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media(7.3/10)[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[7]
Stylus MagazineC[9]
Yahoo! Music UK9/10 stars[10]

The album entered the Irish Albums Chart at number one on September 21, followed three days later by a number one entry in the UK Albums Chart. In the United States, it debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 42,000 copies.[11] As of May 2010 it has sold 181,000 copies in United States. [12]

Ta-Dah received positive reviews from most music critics.[13] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 71, based on 30 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[13]

NME gave the album a score of six out of ten and said, "Scissor Sisters sound under so much pressure to follow up a monster hit that they're not actually having any fun."[14] Similarly, Paste gave it a score of six out of ten and said that the songs "tend to dull the excitement."[13] Tiny Mix Tapes gave it three-and-a-half out of five stars and said, "So what if Scissor Sisters aren't challenging the conventions of pop music?... [Ta-Dah is] great and will please their fans."[15] musicOMH gave it four out of five stars and said, "There's a darker lyrical side to the album at once incongruous and ingenius when placed in such celebratory music."[16]

However, some reviews varied from mixed to negative. PopMatters gave the album five stars out of ten and said, "Despite its title, Ta-Dah offers few surprises."[17] Now gave it two stars out of five and said, "Somehow, Ta-Dah feels like the Sisters covering themselves, and the glitter and gloss have worn off."[18] In his Consumer Guide, Robert Christgau gave it a "dud" rating ((dud)),[19] indicating that it was "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought."[20]

Track listing[edit]

1."I Don't Feel Like Dancin'"Scott Hoffman, Jason Sellards, Elton JohnScissor Sisters4:48
2."She's My Man"Hoffman, SellardsScissor Sisters5:31
3."I Can't Decide"Hoffman, SellardsScissor Sisters2:46
4."Lights"Hoffman, Sellards, Carlos AlomarScissor Sisters3:35
5."Land of a Thousand Words"Hoffman, SellardsScissor Sisters3:50
6."Intermission"Hoffman, Sellards, JohnScissor Sisters2:37
7."Kiss You Off"Hoffman, Sellards, Ana LynchScissor Sisters5:02
8."Ooh"Hoffman, Sellards, Derek GruenScissor Sisters3:29
9."Paul McCartney"Hoffman, Sellards, Gruen, AlomarScissor Sisters3:44
10."The Other Side"Hoffman, Sellards, John "JJ" GardenScissor Sisters4:22
11."Might Tell You Tonight"Hoffman, SellardsScissor Sisters3:20
12."Everybody Wants the Same Thing*"Hoffman, Sellards, Patrick Seacor, Paul Leschen, LynchScissor Sisters4:22
  • *The UK Edition of the album has a pregap, consisting of two minutes of silence after "Everybody Wants the Same Thing". Subsequently, what seems to be the sound of an elevator reaching its destination floor is heard as an 8-second interlude at the end of the pregap. "Transistor" then begins.

Deluxe edition bonus disc[edit]

  1. "Hair Baby" (Hoffman/Sellards/Gruen/Alomar) – 4:06
  2. "Contact High (Demo)" (Hoffman/Sellards/Lynch) – 3:37
  3. "Almost Sorry" (Hoffman/Sellards/Williams) – 3:15
  4. "Transistor" (Hoffman/Sellards) – 4:51
  5. "Making Ladies" (Hoffman/Sellards) – 4:39
  6. "I Don't Feel Like Dancin' (Paper Faces Remix)" (Hoffman/Sellards/John) – 6:34


  • Jake Shears – vocals
  • Babydaddy – bass guitar, keyboards, vocals, guitar
  • Ana Matronic – vocals
  • Del Marquis – guitar, bass guitar
  • Paddy Boom – drums, percussion
  • Elton John – piano on "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" and "Intermission"
  • J.J. Garden – additional piano on "She's My Man", piano on "I Can't Decide", "Land of a Thousand Words", "The Other Side" and "Everbody Wants the Same Thing"
  • Gina Gershon – Jew's harp on "I Can't Decide"
  • Carlos Alomar – additional guitar and bass on "Lights", "Paul McCartney" and "Hair Baby", additional guitar on "Transistor"
  • Paul Leschen – piano on "Lights", "Ooh" and "Everybody Wants the Same Thing"
  • Crispin Cioe – saxophone and horn arrangement on "Lights", "Paul McCartney" and "The Other Side"
  • Bob Funk – trombone on "Lights", "Paul McCartney" and "The Other Side"
  • Larry Etikn – trumpet on "Lights", "Paul McCartney", "The Other Side"
  • Joan Wasser – string arrangement and violin on "Land of a Thousand Words"
  • Jeff Hill – cello on "Land of a Thousand Words"
  • Van Dyke Parks – string arrangement on "Intermission"
  • Peter Kent – concert master on "Intermission"

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Australia September 16, 2006
United Kingdom September 18, 2006


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