We Are Scientists - Barbara (2 stars)

We Are Scientists - Barbara

(Masterswan)

Scientists are often not the most exciting of people, and on this showing, We Are Scientists live up to their name. When not playing music however, they’re hugely entertaining and endearing, but ‘Barbara’ fails to find their much celebrated sparkly-eyed japery.

Saying that, it does open with instant disco-rock gratification, opener ‘Rules Don’t Stop’ an effervescent delight. It’s a downward slide from there though, ‘Ambition’ belying its name and ‘Foreign Kicks’ devoid of panache.

The punchy ‘Nice Guys’ does buck this trend – but nice guys finish last, as they say. We Are Scientists are wonderfully nice guys, but in this instance they haven’t finished last – they’ve slipped to a disappointing mid-table finish.

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