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We Are Scientists shocked themselves and impressed many others with their 2005 debut With Love & Squalor, which sold over 150,000 copies in the UK on the strength of dancefloor standbys Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; It's A Hit; and The Great Escape, as well as nine other songs that, to all appearances, people also liked. Twenty months of near-constant touring culminated in a sold out ... Read more in Amazon's We Are Scientists Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Masterswan Recordings / PIAS
  • ASIN: B003JK5JCC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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WE ARE SCIENTISTS Barbara (2010 UK 10-track CD album - We Are Scientists return with the follow-up to 2008s Brain Thrust Mastery. Longtime WAS listeners will hear a record that resembles debut With Love & Squalor in its tendency to sound like three guys playing and singing and drinking and very occasionally cussing. But Barbara has a flavour all its own and its borne of a couple of years extra hair on the chest[s] plus a brand new set of hands and feet behind the drum kitin the shape of Andy Burrows [ex-Razorlight]. The results represent We Are Scientists finest work in their ten years from early singles Rules Dont Stop & Nice Guys each a brutally efficient pop reduction to expansive harmonic adventures Pittsburgh and Foreign Kicks)

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Since the release of 2008's Brain Thrust Mastery, We Are Scientists have enlisted former Razorlight man Andy Burrows on drums and created and starred in a series of short MTV mock-docs.

Listeners to this fourth album concerned about any comedy influence can rest easy, though, as Brooklyn-based pair Keith Murray and Chris Cain have only allowed the addition of Burrows to affect their day jobs. After all, one Flight of the Conchords is enough.

WAS have long been a compelling live proposition, and have previously impressed with singles like the bittersweet emo indie of After Hours and breakthrough dance-punker The Great Escape. Barbara unexpectedly marks the first occasion when they've delivered a truly consistent album.

The album's zenith is surely ace drinking paean Jack & Ginger. Aside from the verses of scuffed guitars and the cute kids TV show synth melody, there's a chunk of Elvis Costello regret in the chorus as Murray intones: "No matter what I do, its way too late too late for self-control".

Following tune Pittsburgh is another solid effort, albeit slower with wiry, indie-psych guitars reminiscent of Mansun's underrated Legacy single, with poignant vocal harmonies and imposing Burrows drumming. Excellent album-closer Central AC is perhaps the most surprising moment on Barbara. Powered by snappy guitar riffs seemingly borrowed from Broken Bells' equally excellent The Mall and Misery, sped up and aggravated, its chorus explodes into happy-period Beatles sunshine.

It's not all about Murray and Burrows. Cain's bass is allowed to shine on the Rules Don't Stop and notably I Don't Bite. The latter is great fun, led by an obese bassline that surely brought Cain's bandmates and studio minions out in lottery winner smiles.

Whether or not the addition of Burrows is solely responsible for the improvement in consistency on this fourth album isn't clear, but Barbara is their best work by far. Current fans will be glad and new ones may be easier to come by, particularly if the new material can be performed during festival season with the zeal it is here. --Lou Thomas

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rhys on 4 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
As We Are Scientists are a definate favourite band of mine, I of course, bought this album the day it came out now about 2 months ago, and I can tell you it definetly didn't disappoint...this third ablum from the boys on a major record label and it certainly feels like the most complete and full album compared to With Love And Squalor and Brain Thrust Mastery. From here on in I'm gonna go track by track so bear with me...

1)Rules Don't Stop: The lead single from the album is a great opener and it sure is catchy. It's quick, energetic and full of bounce, a huge burst of fun. And remember "if theres no victim there's no crime"

2)I Don't Bite: Like Track 1, I Don't Bite is also a real catchy tune with a great chorus and some impressive vocals from lead singer Keith Murray.

3)Nice Guys: Quite possibly the most addictive track ever! Very quickly shot to the top spot on my most played list. Such a shame it only goes on for 2:53, but then again you'll hit repeat and won't care.

4)Jack and Ginger: I also think this track is great, and it marks the point where the tone starts to settle down a bit into a slow, funky rhythm. Another great chorus, this track feels a lot like some of thier earlier tracks on Brain Thrust Mastery like Chick Lit and Let's See It.

5)Pittsburgh: It took a couple of listens before this one starts to grow on you, it's a lot slower and laid back.

6)Ambition: Another ballad like Pittsburgh, it is also slowed right down. Personally, it's another favourite of mine as it reflects some of thier earlier work.

7)Break It Up: This is a very bouncy track with a dangerously catchy chorus. A lot like Tracks 1 and 3 as it is short, snappy and snazzy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kemp on 20 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have been a big fan of We Are Scientists since their incredible album With Love and Squalor (their second album, I have been told). Barbara is a toe-tapping head-bopping album, with a mixture of indie and eighties sound. In a way it is a mixture of their previous two albums, as Brain Thrust Mastery was more experimental.

We Are Scientists have mastered their sound and have a new member, in the form of ex-Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows (who does a bang up job. However, I'm not a drum expert). Fans will love this and not a bad starting album for newbies. There is not a bad track on the album, some slower than others. Rules Don't Stop is a great opening track. Nice Guys is a tune! Pittsburgh is a bit more of a ballad, which will be great to hear at festivals as the band will be at Reading this year. Check out Foreign Kicks (just get this album!).

In comparison with their previous albums, Barbara had a tough follow up and falls short of the awesomeness and indie anthems of With Love and Squalor. However, it could rival Brain Thrust Mastery. Overall good tunes from a cracking band. Check this out. They also provide in the album booklet, funny how to guides and anecdotes. Good times!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CalumAndrew on 13 May 2013
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It's a very good album, more back to the roots of We Are Scientists. Which is always good. Would Recommend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lesoleil70 on 26 Jun. 2010
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WAS lost a few fans when they released the experimental Brain Thrust Mastery, as it was a hard album to get into, but rewarded the patient listener.
Barbara is te exact opposite, sumple 3 minute sings, catchy riffs, catchy lyrics, uplifting and fun.

It's not going to win any groundbreaking awards, however it's on par with WLAS.
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