AOTY 2018

Jake Shears

Jake Shears - Jake Shears
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #393 / 704
User Score
Based on 23 ratings
August 10, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Freida Jean / Label
Dance Pop, Glam Rock / Genres
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Northern Transmissions
Though his more serious moments often don’t work very well, there’s a surprisingly potent amount of emotional depth by Shears we likely won’t see again for some time.

The Scissor Sisters frontman parties the pain away on one of this year's most welcome and infectious comeback albums.

The Independent

Shears doesn’t strive for perfection with his self-titled solo record. Instead, he offers up music as therapy to be either appreciated alone on headphones... or with a crowd by the biggest stereo system you can find.

Rolling Stone
The result overflows with the opulence of orchestral ‘70s pop – as if ELO and the Bee Gees got together to make a Muppet fantasia of Cajun rock.
This is a fitting debut for a man who to many needs no introduction.

The result is pretty irresistible, as long as you’re not looking for authenticity, and if you don’t mind vocals that sound like a honky-tonk take on jazz hands deployed in the service of lyrics like “Cuz baby I love you/More than the trash can.” 


Funny, flashy, and not so secretly recovering from heartbreak, Jake Shears is one of the tightest sets of music he's made.

God Is in the TV

This album is a little too uneven to make it stand with the best Scissor Sisters releases, but it does showcase his personality well.

The Guardian

This is no people-pleasing pop record: appealingly, its 70s-centric stew seems designed to satisfy only its maker.

The Observer

The record does lean a little close to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road at times ... Still, by the record’s climax – the therapeutic and resolute Mississippi Delta (I’m Your Man) – Shears’ identity crisis ends, and his position as a pop star is restored.

Wow Jake Shear makes a solo album. I am a big Scissor Sister fan and pleasant and safe surprise to hear. I like it right off the first listen. It feels like a warm sweater on a cold day. Comfortable and tight 70's sounding with a moustache song in 2018 you got it done right.

It will be one of this years excellent releases. It's plush carpet and LA sound 8 Track Tape with my CB Radio and Smokey and The Bandit Trans Am rolling down the coast.

Well done.

Introduction/Good Friends (7.8)
Big Bushy Mustache (7.5)
Sad Song Backwards (7.3)
Everything I'll Ever Need (8.0)
All for What (7.8)
S.O.B. (6.0)
Creep City (7.0)
The Bruiser (6.5)
Clothes Off (6.4)
Palace in the Sky (7.5)
Mississippi Delta (I'm Your Man) (7.6)
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Track List

  1. Introduction
  2. Good Friends
  3. Big Bushy Mustache
  4. Sad Song Backwards
  5. Everything I'll Ever Need
  6. All for What
  7. S.O.B.
  8. Creep City
  9. The Bruiser
  10. Clothes Off
  11. Palace in the Sky
  12. Mississippi Delta (I'm Your Man)
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Added on: August 3, 2018