Liars - Liars
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28

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  1. 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 ( 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. Expand
  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 between Gorillaz/NIN/Marilyn Manson and defies all genre definitions. Definitely an album worth buying.
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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.