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Rules Don't Stop Them...,
This review is from: Barbara (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.
8)Foreign Kicks: Personally I think this is the low point, and the reason, why I didn't award Barbara 5 stars. This track is just too long to get going as it trys to build up and up, like WAS own version of Arcade Fire's Rebellion, and it just falls a bit short.
9)You Should Learn: With an opening synth riff sounding like it was borrowed from the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, this track picks up the pace and the slack Track 8 left behind. A soaring chourus and some nifty lyrics make this another standout track.
10)Central AC: A solid track, with a happy, playful chorus that shows off another catchy guitar riff that WAS do o so well...
Overall, this album feels a lot like a WAS best of. They've taken the funky, snappy guitar riffs from With Love And Squalor, added the catchy, energetic synths of Brain Thrust Mastery to make a hugely fun and cheery album that delivers so much in the ten short tracks it runs for. 4 to 4 and a half stars. Thanks WAS for making my winter so much brighter with this effervescent record.