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  • Summary: The third album for the now Berlin-based experimental trio includes a DVD with (count 'em!) three videos for each of the dozen songs on the CD.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 100
    Unequivocally recommended for the open-minded among us. [Apr 2006, p.86]
  2. A stunning achievement and the first exceptionally great album of 2006.
  3. Drum's Not Dead is a majestic victory lap, and on all levels, a total fucking triumph.
  4. Drum is a challenging listen... But as the songs flow one into the next, a powerful tension builds, released finally by the gorgeous closing ballad. [Apr/May 2006, p.108]
  5. Despite isolated moments of brilliance, Drum’s Not Dead fails to mesh.
  6. It's true that many of these tracks are not for the casual listener, but that's also not the point.
  7. 10
    One long ridiculous story/art project gone horribly wrong. [#19, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. BobR
    Oct 16, 2007
    Having the urge to listen to something different yet excellent? Here it is.
  2. DanH
    Apr 9, 2006
    If this came with a Cd alone, I would give it a 9. But including the DVD of some pretty far-out movies to some pretty far-out songs pushes this to just past food on essential things to buy. Expand
  3. Nick
    Mar 22, 2006
    I love the Liars and this is the most wonderful disc so far in 06. I have known Liars were incredible for some time but this release knocked me right on caboose. Bravo! Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Jul 21, 2006
    I'm not usually a big fan of art rock, and wouldn't have normally even picked up this album. But after reading the good reviews, I tried it. And I'm glad that I did, because this album is amazing. If you're even halfway thinking about buying the album, do it. You won't regret it. Expand
  5. Simon
    Mar 30, 2006
    Although it's hard to compare their previous albums (due to the diveristy each album holds), I must say that the Liars have produced their gem with "Drum's Not Dead". Their previous two albums lacked solidarity, resulting in some filler. This dosen't. It's a beautifully scaped album that has plenty of great noise through it. The last track especially is beautiful. Expand
  6. EricC.
    Aug 31, 2008
    An incredible album that many will miss out on due to the mislabeling of this album as difficult and challenging many websites and mags. Stunning post-punk with a serious experimental edge now common in the Brooklyn crowd (though they're in Berlin now). And I give them credit for not backing down when their previous album was attacked for being too bizarre (I still don't get how it was so abrasive for some people, though). They could have gone back to what earned them all that hype on their debut, but instead came out with another wild concept album.. Speeking of which, don't try to study the album based on it's concept. Come for the music and let everything else be cool little surprises. And while I won't take cheap shots at people giving this album low scores, please have a valid argument instead of just that "worst album ever" crap. You're not the f*cking Comic Book Guy. Expand
  7. AaronS
    Apr 20, 2006
    Ugh. More pretentious art rock crap from one of the goofiest bands in existence. You say it's a difficult listen, I say it's a laughable put on. Expand

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