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Barbara - We Are Scientists

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Genre: Pop / Artist: We Are Scientists / Audio CD released 2010-06-14 at Masterswan Recordings

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      28.09.2010 18:33
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      Good album that could have been great.

      We Are Scientists seem to have been around forever now; its hard to believe that it's only been five years since the release of their breakthrough album 'With Love and Squalor' propelled them into Indie Mainstream. Though continuing to knock on the chart doors for the past few years, the highest they've ever charted with a single is 15th in the UK, not breaching the top 10 at any point. "Barbara" is their fourth (or arguably fifth) album, following on from 'Brain Thrust Mastery', which consists of the same basic components, placed together in a slightly altered manner with the aim of taking the band to the 'next level'.

      As with most albums, the first few songs are the strongest. Sandwiched between the two primary singles 'Rules don't Stop' and 'Nice Guys' is the fantastic 'I don't bite', a song which has all the makings of a good single, though perhaps not a brilliant single. All of the usual components of a WAS single are present; a recognisable riff, well timed pauses and smart lyrics, but it lacks the energy of earlier gems.

      The two singles beside it are both good, but not great. Rules Don't Stop is a good opening track, but not what I would consider a good single. It doesn't build up, it just coasts along, whilst Nice Guys (similar to Impatience) is mostly just memorable due to the video. It is a shame, because they both have the potential to be brilliant.

      Aside from the singles, there are some good finds. You Should Learn is an instant favourite, whilst Ambition and Break It Up have both grown on me. Still not a fan of Jack and Ginger, but I'm willing to overlook that, as the rest of the album compensates.

      Overall, I would actually rate this as We Are Scientists' strongest album. However, whilst the entire album is good, none of the songs are pushing on the door of brilliance, and that lets the band down. The singles feel anti-climatic, as if they should be building up to more, and (from when I've seen them recently, at least) these songs are much harder to bounce to than earlier albums. Overall, a solid 7 out of 10, must try harder if they want to be batting with the big boys.

      Track Listing
      1. "Rules Don't Stop"
      2. "I Don't Bite"
      3. "Nice Guys"
      4. "Jack & Ginger"
      5. "Pittsburgh"
      6. "Ambition"
      7. "Break It Up"
      8. "Foreign Kicks"
      9. "You Should Learn"
      10. "Central AC"

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Rules Don't Stop
      2 I Don't Bite
      3 Nice Guys
      4 Jack And Ginger
      5 Pittsburgh
      6 Ambition
      7 Break It Up
      8 Foreign Kicks
      9 You Should Learn
      10 Central AC