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W/Love And Squalor [Explicit Lyrics]

We Are Scientists Audio CD
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1. Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt
2. This Scene Is Dead
3. Inaction
4. Can't Lose
5. Callbacks
6. Cash Cow
7. It's A Hit
8. The Great Escape
9. Textbook
10. Lousy Reputation
11. Worth The Wait
12. What's The Word

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With their daft facial hair and questionable fashion sense, tank-top sporting Brooklyn supernerds We Are Scientists resemble those eccentric mathematics lecturers one use to see on Open University in the early 1970s. Do not be deceived by this veil of foolishness, for With Love and Squalor is a splendidly dexterous debut, a lubricated salvo of trim pop-punk cramming 13 songs into an honorably waffle-free 36 minutes.

Obvious touchstones include Franz Ferdinand (on fun setting) and the wit, jerk, and pop inclination of XTC circa Drums and Wires and Black Sea. Exploding into action with the adrenalin swoop of "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt" and "This Scene Is Dead" and taking in such other fine moments as the reggaefied "Can't Lose" and the Terrorvision-meets-Buzzcocks "Callbacks," the album nods to the mope-rock of the Cure on the philosophical experience-is-the-best-teacher procrastination of "Textbook." With Love and Squalor places We Are Scientists in line for this year's Nobel Prize for punk-pop novelty. --Kevin Maidment

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We Are Scientists comprises of Keith Murray, guitar and lead vocals; Chris Cain, bass guitar and backing vocals; Michael Tapper, drums and backing vocals. EMI. 2005.

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I have listen to this cd for about 2 weeks its an amazing cd the sound is great the vocals to... just simply a masterpiece.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  34 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unoriginally Good April 6 2006
By Brian Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is your typical L.A. or Brooklyn sounding hipster band. There have even been comparisons to the Killers with the lead singer singing in a somewhat British accent. Once you get past those distractions (meaning, I'm not a fan of the Killers or bands like them) this is a pretty good album. Very catchy album with hyper-angular guitar licks a-la Bloc Party. Drumming is decent and there are definitely some good sing along parts and catchy hooks. Grant it, some of the lyrics are cheesy and a little bit immature but the album pulls you through with its catchy at the moment 'sound'. Worth a listen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars With Love and Squalor (Literally) Feb. 22 2006
By Garett Press - Published on Amazon.com
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~[...]

At this point, my penchant for dancing is beginning to wear thin.

In 2005 the mainstream saw a surprising emergence of indie bands who, like a snake charmer with his flute, got the toes of American tapping with their modern dance-rock grooves. Ever since, the bass heavy sway, the semi-electronic trill, and the pick-a-minute hook with which The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, and Hot Hot Heat invaded our minds have become a major rock and roll standard. It's been done, done, and done again and mostly to great effect.

But as we've seen most recently with the "emo" trend, the "ska" trend, and the "pop-punk" trend: after a while if you don't give a genre a little creative CPR, it's going to lose its flavor, and fast. Perhaps I stand alone here, but I feel the wave of dance-rock has not received enough medical attention. While new artists like Men, Women, and Children still send my pulse soaring, We Are Scientists haven't found that kindling just yet.

It's hard to point to a flaw because, as with so many records, it's not what you hear, it's what you don't. The vocals are spot on, and instrumentally the foundation is rock hard. What With Love and Squalor fails to do though, is build upon this foundation. In almost every track I expected a skyscraper, and yet the elevator stopped a couple stories short. A major shortcoming in this whole dance-rock deal is the low malleability of the sound; rarely can a band effectively stretch it to envelop the girth of a full length record.

We Are Scientists have conjured 12 really good songs, championed by the more adventurous "Can't Lose" and rarely flinching from a straight forward but successful formula. It's a good time had by all, but despite what there is to enjoy, With Love and Squalor does not manage to achieve any of the depth or importance found in the subtly heartbreaking J.D. Salinger short from which the record draws its name.

"It doesn't have to be terribly prolific! Just so that it isn't childish and silly." Esmé reflected. "I prefer stories about squalor."

~absolutepunk.net~
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best CD You've Never Heard July 20 2006
By John R. Choiniere - Published on Amazon.com
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Take the best aspects of The Killers, Bloc Party, and Franz Ferdinand, mix them together, and you get this, the debut CD from We Are Scientists. As we've all come to expect from this genre, the musicianship is excellent; the guitar works blends seamlessly with the vocals, drums, etc. Everything fits together wonderfully. Even better though, these guys definitely know how to build excitement. The first track gets you going, two keeps the party going, three has a good atmosphere, and four mellows out a bit while segueing into the building crescendo of rhythm that starts the fast-paced, jumpy fifth track, "Callbacks," far and away the best song on the disc. By then, you're hooked. Every track here is worth listening to over and over again.

Sidenote: Wonder why this album got all the way to #3 on the college radio charts? Check out the lyrics. This CD is the aural representation of the stereotypical college weekend, best represented by the last lines of the second cut: "The night is young, I'm blacking out, but it's been fun."

5 of 5 stars for the new College Rock.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Indeed! Nov. 7 2005
By T. Panter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a debut from a relatively new band on the British Indie/Rock, or whatever they call it, scene - I never really keep up with the name tags given to the various modern genre's entering into the music scene. But what I can tell you is that this is very good indeed. I am lucky enough as a british citizen (living in Britain) to have been able to get access to this cd without the financial hit that is inevitable from import. Yet I certainly would advise any of our brethren the otherside of the atlantic that it's very much worth the price and wait. We Are Scientists throughout give a consistently strong outpouring of musical talent. However on a personal note i feel the front end of the album is slightly stronger than the back end. They however keep the album fresh throughout with a great varying of pace and rhythm, which I feel shows a real talent for not only creating a good tune but also constructing a real top-notch album. Any of you out there who is enjoying the revitalisation of the 'indie/rock with a little 80's dance thrown in for good measure' scene, within Britain at the moment will without question love this band and I urge those of you who haven't already to buy and place it proudly in your collection and no doubt such is modern society onto your iPod.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A Good 21st Century American Band! April 22 2006
By Pop Culture Master - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Up until I discovered W.A.S., I was determined that there were absolutely no good American bands out there in the world! Then I popped this in, and the rest is history as they say.

When I first heard this band, I couldn't place them. It seems nowadays, every indie band is compared to Franz Ferdinand. But that's not it. It's as if The Killers and Maximo Park had a love child at an Interpol concert. Very danceable, with melodic vocals and pretty intense instrumentals. A little bit different, and a little bit of everything you've heard. Definitely worth a listen.

I also must mention that W.A.S. has undeniably the best band web site around. It's absolutely hysterical. Check it out.
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