We Are Scientists
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Review

by atrink USER (75 Reviews)
March 7th, 2014 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We Are Scientists are finally back and as stagnant as ever.

New York based indie/post-punk enthusiasts We Are Scientists created a fair share of hype surrounding their 2014 release Tv En Francais, announcing its initial creation two years prior and releasing a bevy of new live tracks and even a seven inch record back in July of 2013. The album was finally slated for release on March 3rd of this year, and upon its release was greeted with mixed reactions, none of which were unbiased, as their 5th full length album proves to be a mess of an album if there ever was one.

Full of bland and tired tremolo picking and melancholy lyrics detailing the failed relationships of lead singer Keith Murray, this release does little to differentiate itself from past offerings of the band, leading to an album that is a chore to listen to in its entirety. Typical forgetful songs blend into even more forgetful songs, showcasing what we have all heard before, but far worse. Songs such as album opener “What You Do Best” and the ironically titled “Slow Down” attempt to spark energy into a placid album, to little avail, coming off as entirely too forced. Elsewhere a down tempo approach is employed, which is almost entirely hit or miss. Songs such as “Return the Favor” burn slowly and create an interesting atmosphere through prominent bass and falsetto vocals, while penultimate track “Don’t Blow It” is a bloated track that tries to be too much all at once.

But this is not to say that this record doesn’t encompass certain sparks of intrigue, but they are few and far between; the second track “Dumb Luck” opens with a fast paced guitar riff that wouldn’t be too far out of place in any classic rock song, making for a quirk worth listening to. Until it is repeated so many times it begins to grate on listeners. The main hook in “Overreacting” follows this same formula, as when heard the first time is a welcome change in tempo and boasts a tasteful bass line, but as the hook drags on with too much going on underneath it, it loses its proverbial umph.

As typical an album as there is in the so called “post-punk revival” Tv En Francais seems to prove to be, if not the final, one more nail in the coffin of We Are Scientists. It seems as though Murray and company have lost their penchant to consistently create catchy, interesting and fun tracks. While not complete devoid of musical merit, this release is not anything worth writing home for, a shame for a band that showed so much potential early on in their career.




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atrink
March 7th 2014


2855 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice quick review for an album that is almost the definition of hit or miss.

Green Baron
March 7th 2014


25040 Comments


Return the Favor gets played on my TV radio a lot. It's an alright song

VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
March 7th 2014


1387 Comments


Always enjoyed the singles I've heard from these guys, but not surprised to hear their full lengths suck.

atrink
March 7th 2014


2855 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not absolutely terrible, but it's not really anything to go out of your way to listen to lol

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2014


57274 Comments


Did not even know they had a new album wow

I dig their debut

Digging: Covet - technicolor

atrink
March 8th 2014


2855 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I just found out about this release today too. Seems to have flown under the radar.

MeatSalad
March 8th 2014


17490 Comments


Their last two before this also sucked so no surprise

atrink
March 8th 2014


2855 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I actually think i enjoy this better than the last album. I really didn't like it at all.

Green Baron
March 8th 2014


25040 Comments


Haven't heard from them in so long I assumed they broke up

atrink
March 8th 2014


2855 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Iirc they were making a tv show or something for the last few years.

Green Baron
March 8th 2014


25040 Comments


Sitcom about them being scientists?

North0House2
March 8th 2014


6062 Comments


I really enjoyed them early on, but they sound pretty bland now.

Digging: Armand Hammer - Shrines

Crawl
March 8th 2014


2683 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I like this a bit more than you, probably. I thought that the new Maximo Park album would be average/good as this, but it is actually a 3.5 stuff, check it out.

atrink
March 8th 2014


2855 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I actually don't think i've ever even heard of MAximo park. I'll give it a listen when i have a chance.

henryChinaski
March 8th 2014


4358 Comments


"I really enjoyed them early on, but they sound pretty bland now."

Same here. I actually own their debut album. Haven't listened to this band in years.

Digging: The Ghost Inside - The Ghost Inside

Gyromania
March 8th 2014


30062 Comments


my body is your body. i won't tell anybody. IF YOU WANNA USE MY BODY GO FOR IT

Yuli
Emeritus
March 8th 2014


10743 Comments


I so dig that one tune by these cats on that SSX game

atrink
March 8th 2014


2855 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lousy Reputation? It's a pretty good song lol

jefflebowski
March 8th 2014


8573 Comments


'post-rock revival'

wut

atrink
March 8th 2014


2855 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I put it in quotes because I've heard a few people describe this band as part of it, but outside of that I've never heard it. It sounds pretty ridiculous to me.



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