We Are Scientists - 'TV En Francais'
The duo fail to live up to the quirky schtick of their online presence
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5 / 10
What with their double-act shtick and quirky online comedy videos, it’s always a slight surprise when WAS come out with another album of humour-free, largely indistinctive post-punk-flecked indie rock. Despite the presence of ex-Razorlight man Andy Burrows on drums and extra songwriting oomph, their latest offering feels like another exercise in anonymity. ‘Courage’ – basically The Walkmen doing the ‘Everybody Hurts’ guitar scales – and the passably blustery ‘Make It Easy’ get closest to causing ear twitches, but rather more evident than such flashes of musical character is the feeling that if it wasn’t for the goodwill generated by their mildly amusing screen turns, the We Are Scientists experiment might have been over some time ago.
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