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.
Score distribution:
  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. MarcusF
    Apr 13, 2007
    Good album
  2. Jason
    Jan 22, 2006
    This has been out in the Uk for a little while now and I simply cannot stop playing it. The lyrics aren't the most sophisticated in the world but the hooks from the guitar and bass just snare you. Their website is a lot of fun too. Expand
  3. tomw
    Aug 28, 2006
    One of the best albums released in the past 4 years, along with soad/slipknot/futureheads and modest mouse. Inaction, nobody move, this scene is dead, the great escape are the best songs Expand
  4. cables
    Jan 18, 2006
    Really cool record. Nothing you haven't heard before, but it'll still keep you dancing on repeat listens.
  5. GaboS
    May 31, 2006
    They may not be the best out there, but man they sound good. "The Great Escape" has to be my favorite song in the album, and the rest of the album revolves on the same sound, basically meaning that if you like one song, you'll probably like the rest. They kinda sound a lot like a mix of almost ALL alternative/indie bands out there, but they still have their own sound. I've been listening to this for about 3 months, and it's only gotten better. The entire album is fun to listen to, and if you ignore some of the lyrics, add em' to your indie rock collection! Expand
  6. Nick
    Feb 1, 2006
    It's a pretty good album, but after a few listens gets boring. There are a few songs that make you want to go back and listen, but you won't want to listen to the rest of the album. Expand
  7. Matt
    Feb 3, 2006
    These Scientists forgot to add one crucial ingredient: the hooks.

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