Bonnie Scottish electro lass Dot Allison returns to the recording fold after a three-year absence with her sophomore album, We Are Science.

Bonnie Scottish electro lass Dot Allison returns to the recording fold after a three-year absence with her sophomore album, We Are Science. With the help of a deuce of ace producers and a mother lode of programming, Allison has come up with a disc that is alternately dreamy and vivacious, '80s-retro and cutting edge. Electronic mantras like "We're Only Science" and "I Think I Love You" contrast with the eerie space-vampire dabblings of "You Can Be Replaced" and "Performance"—both of which showcase the artist's wraith-waif vocal style—and more conventional "songs" like the fabulous "Strung Out" (alter ego to Bowie's "Heroes") and the tepid-transient "Lover." Then there's "Wishing Stone" —a folk song with a really cool migraine. A pair of rave-the-roof remixes close out the disc in scorching style. True, a couple of cuts lack push or pull, but will they prevent Science from getting your synapses blipping? No way, padre!—AZ