We Are Scientists have been on my list as one of my all time favourite bands since their debut album "With Love and Squalor", and since then they have had two albums in the shape of Brain Thrust Mastery and Barbara - which in my opinion had great songs but as a whole didn't the full glory of WLAS.
TV en Francais is the album I've been waiting for - this is a band back to doing what they do best. Highlights of the album are What You Do Best, Overreacting and Dumb Lumb, saying that every song an indie pop rock gem in itself.
The album starts really well, it has that good old we are scientists feel to it with some great riffs and vocals from Keith. After the first 5 or 6 songs it feels as if they played the rest of the album too safe and didn't put all they have to give into it! They are amazing musicians and just need that push to get them into the mainstream. Worth the buy however!
Great album, the Vinyl was heavyweight however it unfortunately came in BLACK and had a mark on it. Be careful if you think this is the pink version as it is not. The album also comes with a CD in a cardboard sleeve for free.
We Are Scientists are back, this time with their fourth studio album and self professed “finest work to date”, TV En Francais. Recorded in New York and produced by Chris Coady, with drums provided by long term collaborator Andy Burrows of Razorlight fame; TV En Francais is the first album offering from the band since Barbara back in 2010.
The reasoning behind the album’s name isn’t necessarily obvious, but that’s the point. Having seen the phrase on the side of a motel in Miami and deciding it was “a cool metaphor” for missing out on the essence of the meaning; the theme of failure and misunderstanding runs throughout.
After kicking off with the rather unassuming "What You Do Best", "Dumb Luck" picks up the pace and adds a bit of cheeky spark, gaining momentum only to drop you down again. Note, don’t watch the video for this track if you’re at all squeamish! On a first listen you may find yourself singing along to "Make It Easy", despite not knowing any of the words. It’s a catchy little number. The award for best song title however easily goes to "Sprinkles", with its vintage We Are Scientists sound and accessible “oohs”. Everyone loves an “ooh”, evidenced by the success of Bastille’s number one album last year. Elsewhere “Courage” ticks along gently, with “Overreacting” nudging you back thanks to another ridiculously catchy hook. The breaks are slammed on again for “Return the Favor”, but it’s worth the wait through “Slow Down” to arrive at the sentimental loveliness of as close to a ballad as you’re going to get: “Don’t Blow It”. It could have ended nicely there, but the somewhat lacklustre “Take an Arrow” rounds off the ten track offering.
As sung on one of the key tracks, “if it’s not worth doing right let’s not do it at all.” We Are Scientists must be doing something right to be approaching the 10 year mark with their fourth album. Not breaking any new ground, it’s more a continuation of its predecessors; and if you’re a fan that’s no bad thing. Some tracks stand on their own two feet, and there’s an abundance of grown up angst, plenty of guitar, and a good few memorable choruses to sing along to.
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An amazing album adding to an already strong lineup from We are Scientists. After the last album which didn't do amazingly well, you'd be forgiven to think that they may be dead and buried, but much like Lazarus their comeback has been nothing short of miraculous!!!!
What a listen. Tv En Francais.... Cest magnifique!!