Album: We Are Scientists, Brain Thrust Mastery (Virgin)

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We Are Scientists have cleaned up among the demographic whose other favourite bands are Weezer and They Might Be Giants; 'Brain Thrust Mastery' will be just as pleasing to anyone who likes their rock music to wear a squirty flower in its lapel. The trio specialise in radio-friendly harmonies and fill-every-gap guitars, with lyrics about relationship recriminations and martyr-like break-ups. Their best moment comes when they ditch the rock entirely: "Lethal Enforcer" is one of the most accurate pastiches of New Romantic pop this side of Hugh Grant in 'Music And Lyrics'.

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