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With Love and Squalor

B-

In keeping with their name, We Are Scientists sound like a test-tube creation: With Love and Squalor fuses Hot Hot Heat disco-rock, glam Killers-style hooks, and Interpol’s sultry moping. Despite a lack of originality, their third-gen post-punk is saved by some winning choruses and singer Keith Murray’s swaggering come-ons and mocking of the hipster lifestyle. It all makes a solid soundtrack for a boozy night out, but for something truly memorable, the Scientists need more time in the lab.

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