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We Are Scientists

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Amoeba Review

03/03/2014

Hard to believe that WAS have been releasing records for 12 years but they HAVE. If you've been watching, you've witnessed a clever and variably earnest indie rock band produce bouncing anthemic indie-rock/nu-power-pop at a larger and larger scale, sometimes helping you dance, sometimes helping you mope. This is the music of a set of young New Yorkers that I mostly imagine hanging out in parks and toasting their own granola. They can make jokes as funny as yours and mine, but without all the swearing, which is harder than it seems. They can laugh at themselves and they can get serious, nodding to angular XTC-style guitar wrigglings before opening up into a half-time Pinkerton-era chorus or even the Cap'n Jazzings of their namesake. Full-fledged rock stars by now, the band's power-pop stop start, quiet loud dynamics are tighter than ever, they pick you up and you think they dropped you but they DIDN'T. They caught you in a fun place where you can see melancholy in the distance but you can't get to it because they're cradling you in their arms. Rather than use their undoubtedly larger budgets to be lazy and just layer on more guitars and plug-ins, the Scientists seem to be taking more time to make better songs, incorporating syncopated shredding into their fills and more complex harmonies and changes than ever before. The songs are more dense, and space-age keyboards sparkle in and out before opening up to almost Thin Lizzy style dual guitar harmonies, but it all seems to be working in the band's favor, bringing them closer to what seems like their admirable goal might be: making really good pop music.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
What You Do Best
We Are Scientists
2.
Dumb Luck
We Are Scientists
3.
Make It Easy
We Are Scientists
4.
Sprinkles
We Are Scientists
5.
Courage
We Are Scientists
6.
Overacting
We Are Scientists
7.
Return the Favor
We Are Scientists
8.
Slow Down
We Are Scientists
9.
Don't Blow It
We Are Scientists
10.
Take An Arrow
We Are Scientists

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