[23 October 2006]
Without question, Cicada by Cat Scientist is a good album. The album’s lighthearted, bouncy guitar riffs are a perfect complement to deliberately ridiculous lyrics that include such topics as cats in danger of terrorist attacks, and the band displays a highly developed sense of songcraft. Whether or not this album is worth buying, however, depends totally upon the individual preferences of the listener. Some people love hyper, brainy dance pop and will find Cicada perfectly suited to their tastes. All other listeners, however, will likely become exasperated with Cat Scientist’s antics at some point during the 50-minute long album. The band bears the influence of the Talking Heads, but lacks the lyrical and musical impact that made that legendary band so successful. Listeners should conduct independent research to confirm the results of these Scientists before they purchase Cicada.