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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the Scissor Sisters frontman was produced by Kevin Ratterman and features members from My Morning Jacket and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
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  1. Aug 10, 2018
    80
    The result overflows with the opulence of orchestral Seventies pop--as if ELO and the Bee Gees got together to make a Muppet fantasia of Cajun rock.
  2. 80
    Whatever happens next, Shears has certainly delivered one of the year’s most welcome and infectious comeback albums.
  3. 80
    While refusing to close the doors on the synth-pop sound so synonymous with Scissor Sisters, Jake Shears also stands out as a progression; call it the same dance up a different street.
  4. Aug 10, 2018
    74
    Jake Shears is a breeze, with members of My Morning Jacket and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band gathering to lay down the tracks in single takes. 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.”
  5. Uncut
    Aug 14, 2018
    70
    If there are few surprises, the tracks are charming, well crafted and kept to a fighting-trim 11. [Sep 2018, p.36]
  6. Aug 14, 2018
    70
    As befits a self-titled album, all the moves Shears makes--both familiar and new--feel true to him. Funny, flashy, and not so secretly recovering from heartbreak, Jake Shears is one of the tightest sets of music he's made.
  7. Aug 10, 2018
    60
    This is no people-pleasing pop record: appealingly, its 70s-centric stew seems designed to satisfy only its maker--and, presumably, his pal Elton, too.

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  1. Aug 13, 2018
    10
    I love this album. Oh it is amazing. I love his voice. When he was in Scissor Sisters, i felt that he seemed to gimmicky however, listening toI love this album. Oh it is amazing. I love his voice. When he was in Scissor Sisters, i felt that he seemed to gimmicky however, listening to this project, this really shows off his talents. Shears has definitely got himself a new fan! Expand