Despite just falling short of 40 minutes, Your Friend, The Atom feels like a lifetime when you listen to it from start to oh-so-tiring finish. One thing is certain, you'll emerge from each song feeling like you've been thoroughly beaten up and repeatedly punched in the face. This album is exhausting. Full of infuriatingly childish song names (e.g. `There Is No Cure For The Common Cold So Don't Expect A Cure For Cancer) reminiscent of the Fall Out Boy/Panic! At The Disco days, the whole album just feels fake and crudely immature both melodically and lyrically.
`Applied Robotics' is an absolute frenzy of mad vocals and even madder instrumentation. However, it is one of the few songs from Your Friend, The Atom that actually has a kind of melody a listener can hold onto. Some songs definitely have potential, for example `All My Friends Are JPEGs' and `Goran Ivanisevic' which carry a glimmer of hope melodically but this is marred by the arbitrary fuzz they call electronica which just does not make sense. The sheer volume of noise at the start of `Eat Something' will make anyone almost instantly dismiss this track despite its charming chorus chant of "Thin is success!" and its catchy underlying beat.
Those not already hardened to We Are The Physics' break-neck speed will be deterred at first listen, however if you loved their first album We Are The Physics Are OK At Music then you'll love Your Friend, The Atom. The only redeeming feature of the album is the brilliant `Napoleon Loves Josephine' from its clap-happy start and memorable walking bass line this song is not only credible, it's downright great. The charismatic shouted chorus of "NAPOLEON, LOVES JOSEPHINE" really worms its way into your brain and the `woos!' bring a real sense of excitement to the track.
For the casual listener of music, this album is not for you but any crazy punk/rock/new-wave fans will love this cacophony of sheer noise. Your Friend, The Atom is 14 tracks of utter nonsense performed at an immense speed, and if listened to all at once is guaranteed to give you a dreadful headache. When attempting to listen to the album in full only advice to give would be: don't.