SCIENTISTS, THE: 9H20.S102: 12” EP

I have read a lot of good things about The Scientists over the years, so my expectations were somewhat high. I was expecting to hear something that would cause me to react like, “Why wasn’t I listening to these guys thirty years ago?” Unfortunately, that did not happen. What I’m hearing on this record is pretty underwhelming. I imagine Jon Spencer drew inspiration from The Scientists, but Jon Spencer did it much better. The elements for some great songs are all there: pounding drum beat, stripped-down, no muss, no fuss song structures, a vocalist who sounds like he’s coming unglued, and yet these songs are just okay. — Matt Average (In The Red)