With Love And Squalor - We Are Scientists
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  • Summary: This is the major-label debut for the Brooklyn-based indie-rock trio fronted by Keith Murray.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Even though With Love And Squalor quickly ingratiates itself, some of its best parts reveal themselves over time.
  2. With Love and Squalor certainly won't change pop music as we know it, but it packs surprisingly huge melodies and shamelessly danceable beats.
  3. A very respectable pop-punk debut. [Oct 2005, p.121]
  4. Sounds rather pedestrian. [Jan 2006, p.142]
  5. 60
    No, it ain't rocket science. But when they're headlining arenas, it's gonna look fairly brilliant. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.98]
  6. By no means have We Are Scientists made a great record, but it shows enough promise to make us believe that it might just be possible in the future.
  7. Much of With Love and Squalor is like your old coat rack: You know where the hooks are going to be even in your sleep.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jun 25, 2012
    6
    It's 12 tracks of standard Indie rock that could have been put out by any band. To be fair ,there are some very good songs on this but nothing mindblowing (although I do really like It's a Hit). I've found its the kind of record you'd mildly enjoy but won't play very often. The style is limited - not much variation across the songs. Just fell short of an extra mark for me. Expand

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