With Love and Squalor

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This article is about the album. For the short story, see For Esmé – with Love and Squalor.
With Love and Squalor
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Studio album by We Are Scientists
Released France United States January 10, 2006
Australia February 5, 2006
Japan February 22, 2006
New Zealand European Union February 27, 2005
Germany March 4, 2006
Recorded Spring 2005
Genre Indie rock
Post-punk revival
Length 36:55
Label Virgin (UK, US)
Producer Ariel Rechtshaid
We Are Scientists chronology
Safety, Fun, and Learning (In That Order)
With Love and Squalor
Crap Attack
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Blender 3/5 stars [2]
Drowned in Sound (8/10) [3]
NME (7/10) [4]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10) [5]
PopMatters (7/10) [6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [7]

With Love and Squalor is the major label debut album from rock band We Are Scientists. It was released in the United Kingdom in 2005 on Virgin Records and charted at #43, with a large cult following which enabled it to after nearly 6 months of release, gain a Gold certification by the BPI in 2006. The album sold an average of 4,166 copies each week before it got the certification.[citation needed] The album title is derived from a J.D. Salinger short story, "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor", which was originally published in The New Yorker and subsequently published in Nine Stories, a compilation of Salinger's short stories.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt"   3:12
2. "This Scene Is Dead"   3:43
3. "Inaction"   2:32
4. "Can't Lose"   3:31
5. "Callbacks"   2:02
6. "Cash Cow"   2:35
7. "It's a Hit"   3:26
8. "The Great Escape"   3:18
9. "Textbook"   4:01
10. "Lousy Reputation"   2:35
11. "Worth the Wait"   2:43
12. "What's the Word"   3:17
Total length:

The two songs on the 12" vinyl edition were both later released on Crap Attack. These songs were also featured on a 3 song CD that was available for purchase during their tour with Hot Hot Heat.