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Brain Thrust Mastery Limited Edition

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Product Description

Limited Edition bonus CD includes 7 live tracks from Union Chapel in London, November 23rd.

About the Artist

We Are Scientists shocked themselves and impressed many others with their 2005 debut With Love & Squalor, which sold over 50,000 copies in the US on the strength of dancefloor standbys Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; It's A Hit; and The Great Escape, as well as nine other songs that, to all appearances, people also liked.

The band spent 2007 at weight-loss camps, alcoholics' dry-out facilities, and a race car school, yet has also found time to pen, record, and road-test their sophomore offering, Brain Thrust Mastery. If W.A.S.'s first album had been far, far better than it was, and of a far more mature style, and if they had then released a limp, unenjoyable second record, and if Brain Thrust Mastery were actually their third album, it would be hailed as 'a return to form', as 'equal to -- in many ways an improvement upon -- the monumental debut'.

We Are Scientists began, in spirit, at Pomona College, in Claremont, California, in the Fall of 1997, when Keith Murray and Chris Cain met at a viewing of Dawson's Creek held in the latter's dorm room. Though at the time they couldn't suspect any of the details of the coming decade, it was apparent to both of them that they would spend many long years riding buses together -- some kind of pro-sports, they assumed. In 1999, freshly graduated and moved to Berkeley, CA, the two started We Are Scientists with little more between them than a dream, a couple of cut-rate instruments, and $1.4 million in lottery winnings.

Nine years later, the band has long-since relocated to more fashionable New York City, seen many countries their parents swore to them were 'myth, accursed myth', and finally dated girls. In the Fall of '07, long-time drummer Michael Tapper retired from the band, and We Are Scientists added a new drummer, plus, in a fit of accumulation, a fourth man on-stage.


Disc: 1
1. Ghouls
2. Let's See It
3. After Hours
4. Lethal Enforcer
5. Impatience
6. Tonight
7. Spoken For
8. Altered Beast
9. Chick Lit
10. Dinosaurs
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Disc: 2
1. Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt
2. Lethal Enforcer
3. Impatience
4. Let's See It
5. It's A Hit
6. After Hours
7. The Great Escape

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 2008)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0013AX4XQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don Walton Jr. on June 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This new record isn't the We Are Scientists we were used to. The band has really grown and developed their sound. There are not many bratty pop songs compared to past releases, but rather many brooding, moody tracks... Much more complex as well.

At first the new sound was jarring, but over time it's really grown on me, and that's usually a sure sign that an album has legs. The melodic hooks are still there, the punchy drums remain, they're just steeped in a lot of additional sounds and riffs. Some tracks like 'Let's See It' still start with a strong catchy guitar run, but the vocals are more sing-songy.

There is more of a synthpop influence in the music as well. Something along the lines of a happier New Order with a bit of The Smiths in the melody. Tracks like 'Lethal Enforcer' are straight up new wave.

'Brain Thrust Mastery' is an excellent deviation from the mainstream, and a sign of even greater things to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pinky Tuscadero on June 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Upon buying the latest We Are Scientists cd, I had only watched a few of their hilarious music videos on YouTube. I really liked the songs so I decided to buy the cd. I am glad I did as the whole cd is awesome. I love each and every song. It's is not a cd where you have to skip the occasional song. I have since then purchased With Love and Squalor as well. I highly recommend Brain Thrust Mastery! You will not be disappointed!
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With Love and Squalor is one of the few albums that I've actually bought in recent years, with no regret whatsoever. Didn't take many listens for that album to grow on me; WAS had a sound that, although a bit repetitive, worked very well. But I'm the type of person that hesitates to listen to later efforts by bands that I really like, so I didn't immediately buy Brain Thrust Mastery when I heard of its release. It might've taken me a couple of months even, I don't remember, but the fact of the matter is, I did end up buying WAS's third album eventually. I can honestly say that this was a more worthwhile purchase for me than WL&S. Why? Because I think WAS showed great signs of maturity on this album. Many bands experiment with different styles and sounds with their later releases, often leaving most of their fans disappointed (I can't tell you how many times I've been disappointed), but this is an example of the opposite (IMO, at least).

I personally know a few people who can agree that although WL&S was a great effort by WAS, many of the songs sound too similar. Despite that, it's still an awesome album, but that all-too-familiar sound wouldn't fly in another release. They may not actually be scientists, but Keith, Chris and Scott were smart enough to know that, so they left their static post-punk formula behind to explore other indie sounds, and they did it very successfully, IMO.

Bottom line, if you loved WL&S, and wish to hear a more mature, experimental WAS, you MUST get Brain Thrust Mastery. 4.5/5

Most Recommended Songs:
Impatience
Lethal Enforcer
After Hours
Tonight
Chick Lit
Dinosaurs
Ghouls
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When you're a cult band with a critically acclaimed but low selling major label debut, the first words heard on your sophomore album probably should not be "We all recognize that I'm the problem here." But then again, new wave revivalists "We Are Scientists" aren't working on the usual formulas. It makes the nerdishly titled "Brain Thrust Mastery" both interesting and unlikely to succeed. Given the struggle similar bands (Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys) are having keeping their profiles established in the USA, "Brain Thrust Mastery's" suppression of WaS' With Love and Squalor debut spunkiness seems likely to doom the band to cultdom.

There are still hints that We Are Scientists - down to core duo of Keith Murray and Chris Cain - could still whip up a Hot Fuss worthy record. Both "Lethal Enforcer" and "After Hours" could give Brandon Flowers a run for his money, while ballad "Spoken For" suggest WaS may follow The Bravery into the experimental territory of The Sun And The Moon. "Enforcer" is such a perfect recreation of 80/90's pop that it could have been on the Pretty In Pink Soundtrack.

That's still not enough to make up for the lack of any real growth here.
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Brooklyn based band We Are Scientists (Keith Murray and Chris Cain) follow up their winning debut with this second album of 80's New Wave inspired music. Guitar rock and synthpop are pretty evenly distributed throughout the 11 tracks included here, with Sparks being the band that mostly comes to mind as being a possible major influence, as they share that band's penchant for the satirical and the goofy, as well as their love of a good hook. Not all the material hits the mark, but in general Brain Thrust Mastery is a witty good time from a band that thankfully doesn't take much seriously, except maybe showing their listeners a bit of fun. Standout cuts: "After Hours," "Lethal Enforcer," "Impatience" and "Chick Lit."
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