Liars

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2007
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Liars might have moved a little more towards the mainstream, but they're still a long, long way from easy listening.
  2. Liars is an ingenuous reflection of a band in total control of their wild creativity.
  3. Far more accessible than anything the act have produced in recent years, Liars shifts perceptions in the way most have come to expect, but with the dense conceptual themes and boundaries limited it is as if they have met most listeners halfway only to lure them back into their own sordid comfort zone, littered with the contents of a fifteen-year-old's bedroom.
  4. Liars wanders wherever it wants to, touching on noise, prog, hard rock, punk, industrial and other styles the band has flirted with in the past, as well as a few uncharted ones.... In a lesser band's hands, this kaleidoscopic approach could be a muddled mess, but it makes for Liars' most entertaining album yet.
  5. If it doesn't quite confound like "They Were Wrong" or thrill like "Drum's Not Dead," Liars still finds the band ignoring whatever you thought you wanted or needed from them, and doing what they damn well please.
  6. 84
    The band’s self-titled fourth record takes only seconds to signal the triumphant homecoming of the guitar.
  7. If Liars have reached the post-masterpiece phase of their career where they hone their craft to a needle’s point, Liars is an absolutely brilliant jump-off.
  8. For Liars, forgoing heady concepts and willful obtuseness--embracing rock music instead of deconstructing it--may actually be the boldest move yet.
  9. You could accuse Liars of abandoning all of their high-art concepts and otherworldly thoughts so they could secure their place on a tour of America's enormodomes with Interpol. Well, you could if this album wasn't so perfect.
  10. Under The Radar
    80
    Liars is only marginally easier to get into then "Drums Not Dead"--but something has to be said for an album being enjoyable, and on that scale, Liars is another monumental leap forward. [Summer 2007, p.74]
  11. Urb
    80
    The band recalibrates toward rock structures but doesn't ditch the textures and sound experimentation of the recent past, resulting in songs with sonic depth and focus. [Sep/Oct 2007, p.129]
  12. Mojo
    80
    'Leather Prowler' is as dank and industrial as you'd hope--but the emphasis is now on songwriting. [Sep 2007, p.112]
  13. Each track bears the sound of a confident, secure band of artists who now know they are ready for prime-time, and can weather the onslaught of attention without compromise.
  14. As it stands, Liars is an appropriately titled, highly worthwhile piece of work that the band and any of its fans should be extremely proud of.
  15. The stylistic buffet has enough strength to survive a handful of duds.
  16. A masterpiece? No. Disturbingly solid noise? Sure.
  17. Alternative Press
    80
    The group's self-titled fourth album may be the maverick trio's most straightforward yet. [Oct 2007, p.160]
  18. Liars might not be as singular as the band’s past albums, but even a relatively normal outing from these guys is still a puzzle that takes time to solve. Rest assured, it’s time well spent.
  19. Blender
    70
    It's a shockingly entertaining record riddled with moody hooks. [Sep 2007, p.128]
  20. Spin
    70
    'Houseclouds' is dance pop of hit-worthy catchiness and the taut, pounding 'Freak Out' puts to shame most contemporary psych outfits. [Sep 2007, p.133]
  21. The Wire
    70
    Sometimes Liars sounds like a group whose previous sonic journeying has inspired a fresh look at the familiar. All too often, however, it's as though, having stepped outside the confines of conventional song, they can never believe in it enough to return. [Sep 2007, p.56]
  22. Too cool for school? Maybe. But if Liars aren’t anybody’s idea of easy listening, by gum, they’re never dull, and for that, we salute them.
  23. The Brooklyn trio's fourth album has made it out of the terrible twos, and growing pains have produced a curious pastiche.
  24. Liars is all about that Liars blueprint, and in that sense the album can get redundant.
  25. Q Magazine
    60
    They have turned in their most conventional set of songs yet. [Sep 2007. p.95]
  26. The lack of a unifying theme on this particular album leaves their past influences far downstream and without a paddle.
  27. They have built up a group of songs so restless and unsatisfying that a group of teenagers with the proper training could have made them, or likely something better.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Aug 16, 2012
    10
    ****
  2. Aug 8, 2012
    9
    One of the best albums of 2012 so far, "No. 1 Against the Rush" is a truly haunting track, and "Brats" sounds like a mix betweenOne of the best albums of 2012 so far, "No. 1 Against the Rush" is a truly haunting track, and "Brats" sounds like a mix between Gorillaz/NIN/Marilyn Manson and defies all genre definitions. Definitely an album worth buying. Full Review »
  3. Mar 2, 2012
    4
    Save for Sailing to Byzantium, none of these ideas gel. It's just a failed attempt and avant-pop. Occasionally, the strong production values (Save for Sailing to Byzantium, none of these ideas gel. It's just a failed attempt and avant-pop. Occasionally, the strong production values ( in lieu of songs) created here create enough doubt to suspend judgement. However, the disc just never deivers, despite repeated plays.

    I'm tempted to also excuse What Would They Know, which isn't a bad song, per se. It's just that it could be so much more and, as apparent as this is, that lost promise casts shadow over whatever enjoyment is still to be had. This, in fact, is representative of the entire record, to even less satisfying degrees. A lot of these songs are almost interesting. And as you find yourself pulling for them, that they never succeed remains continually frustrating.
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