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With a weight of expectation, it can’t have been easy to come up with a sequel. Wisely, they’ve chosen not to fix what ain’t broke; Ta-Dah sounds exactly as you'd expect, - though on first listen it doesn’t appear to have a single as irresistibly catchy as ‘Comfortably Numb’.
Colm O Hare, 05 Sep 2006
Unknown barely two years ago, the Sisters' debut sold millions as it became the party record of choice for hipsters and housewives alike. And for good reason too – their infectious blend of gay disco, pure pop and electro was a winning combination, while they proved they could cut it live too, becoming firm festival favourites.
With this weight of expectation, it can’t have been easy to come up with a sequel. Wisely, they’ve chosen not to fix what ain’t broke; Ta-Dah sounds exactly as you'd expect, - though on first listen it doesn’t appear to have a single as irresistibly catchy as ‘Comfortably Numb’.
Thankfully their most appealing quality – the fact that they wear their influences so proudly that they don’t even pretend to hide them – is fully intact. ‘She’s My Man’ is a canny blend of The Pointer Sisters’ ‘I’m So Excited’ and Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’. In fact Elton John’s influence is writ large over Ta-Dah – with its pumping piano, ‘Might Tell You Tonight’ has a ‘Honky Cat’ feel to it.
‘Ooh’ is a piece of disco fluff that Prince would be proud of, while single ‘I Don’t’ Feel Like Dancing’ recalls Leo Sayers’ similarly titled ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’. The opening few bars of ‘I Can’t Decide’ somehow conjures up the Brotherhood Of Man’s awful Eurovision hit ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’ (butwith overtly carnal lines like “Fuck and kiss you both at the same time.”).
The intriguingly-titled ‘Paul McCartney’ was apparently inspired by a dream Jake Shears had of meeting the ex-Beatle. Written with Bowie guitarist Carlos Alomar, it doesn’t sport a Macca influence (unless you count his disco hit ‘Coming Up’), but it’s yet another winner on this enjoyable album – a worthy successor to their debut, and one which proves that this party ain’t over yet.