JAKE SHEARS – SELF-TI­TLED

DNA Magazine - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

There’s a bulging jock­strap full of style-over­sub­stance on the for­mer Scis­sor Sis­ters’ de­but solo al­bum. Like the first sin­gles, Creep City and

Big Bushy Mous­tache, their nifty ti­tles might be the best thing about them. That leaves us with the sorry con­clu­sion that Baby Daddy was in­deed the mu­si­cal ge­nius be­hind the Sis­ters.

Luck­ily, the videos for Jake’s first two sin­gles are flashily camp and Sad Song Back­wards has a fine spray of his old band’s glit­ter, se­quins and feather boas. Sur­pris­ingly, the al­bum is mu­si­cally con­ser­va­tive, as if a col­lege cov­ers band were hav­ing a Scis­sor Sis­ters night but avoid­ing the hits. “I’ve never felt so cocky about any­thing I’ve made,” Jake crows. The word “flac­cid” springs to mind.

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