Lab of love

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Music -

ADECADE into their record­ing ca­reer, it’s clear New York orig­i­nals We Are Sci­en­tists are never go­ing to go hun­gry.

Their clever and witty poprock has more than enough ap­peal to en­sure they will al­ways be able to pay their bills. But the big ques­tion is can they break out of what might be seen as a strait jacket of their own mak­ing and be taken se­ri­ously as a top­notch band?

Their witty and wacky in­ter­views and videos have re­sulted in the band’s core duo Chris Cain and Keith Mur­ray be­ing dis­missed as lightweights or, even worse, as a nov­elty act.

The truth is this is a band that can power-pop with the best of them as ev­i­denced by that jan­gling jug­ger­naut of an al­bum With Love And Squalor.

If they did lose their way on their last out­ing Brain Thrust Mas­tery, on their fourth al­bum, Bar­bara, they ap­pear to have re­dis­cov­ered their road map to suc­cess.

With new drum­mer Andy Bur­rows, for­merly of Ra­zorlight, on board, the band have lost none of their sense of fun but have har­nessed it to some catchy and classy songs.

Open­ing sin­gle Rules Don’t Stop is a breath­less rock ‘n’ roll rush while For­eign Kicks has a shim­mer­ing beauty.

Pitts­burgh is a thun­der­clap of a bal­lad, while Jack & Gin­ger has shades of Elvis Costello and praise doesn’t come higher than that.

Thank­fully, af­ter work­ing hard in their pop lab these sci­en­tists have come up with a win­ning for­mula.

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