The thin, anxious Helter Seltzer is an album that never gets out of second gear. A clatter of shrill guitar and hesitant percussion, it sounds consumed by self-doubt. Want For Nothing or Classic Love could only conceivably appeal to people – whoever they may be – who feel that Weezer possessed too much gravitas.
The problem is that We Are Scientists are never remotely more than the sum of their parts. Often, they are considerably less. Too Late is suffused with a hazy glow but goes nowhere much: Waiting For You has a neat lyric – "Are you waiting for the rest of your life?" – but nothing else.
It's a flippant, facetious record that has you waiting for witty punchlines that never arrive. The best track – and the bar is set pretty low – is the straightforward ramma-lamma power-pop of Headlights. Like the vast majority of We Are Scientists' career, ultimately Helter Seltzer is simply a bit meh.
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