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Album Review

Barbara introduces We Are Scientists’ new label and new drummer — and a mix of the approaches the band took on their two previous albums. Joined by former Razorlight skins man Andy Burrows, Keith Murray and Chris Cain return to With Love and Squalor’s guitar-dominated style, but keep Brain Thrust Mastery’s slick production style. The band sounds more focused than they have in a while, possibly because this is the first time they've had a consistent drummer since the With Love and Squalor days. Brain Thrust Mastery's strummy single “After Hours” feels like the template for many of Barbara’s tracks, including “Rules Don’t Stop,” “Nice Guys,” and “Break it Up,” all of which are bright and breezy with appealing melodies. We Are Scientists recapture some of the bite of their early work with “Jack and Ginger”’s stylish dance-punk, which shows that the Franz Ferdinand and Killers comparisons still hold true. Elsewhere, the band embellishes a little on this formula with “Ambition”’s soul-pop and “Pittsburgh,” a ballad with lush soft-rock harmonies. The album gets better as it unfolds, with the bouncy, chiming “Foreign Kicks” — whose title must be homage to how much the song sounds like the French Kicks — and the dynamic “You Should Learn” and “Central AC” providing late-in-the-game highlights.

Customer Reviews

They get better with every album!

If your like me and you keep expecting We Are Scientists to produce a sub standard album, then pull your head out of your A$*e and realise that the only word in there vocabulary is perfection. they have turned out another stonking album, full of catchy riffs as well has heartfelt somberness. Although, the videos leave a lot to be desired, but nobody is perfect.
So after you sell all your shares in BP, buy a pant load of We Are Scientists stocks and shares cos this band are a musical gold mine!


Yet another amazing album by the one and only We Are Scientists 5,000,000 *s

Good album

Some very melodic tracks and some great lyrics. I have to say that it is a bit weak and cheesy for me in places which is a slight let down but all in all it's a good album and worth splashing out to form your own opinion. To sum it up, the good points far outweigh the bad and I hope you enjoy it.


Formed: 2000 in Claremont, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although formed on the West Coast by three California-based college students, We Are Scientists officially took flight after frontman Keith Murray, bass player Chris Cain, and drummer Michael Tapper relocated to Brooklyn and began building a small devoted following. After releasing three EPs and one independent album, the group signed with Virgin Records and released its major-label debut, With Love and Squalor, in early 2006. Although modestly popular in America, the album became a gold-selling...
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