Liars - Liars
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

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  • Summary: The band releases its self-titled fourth album before it heads out on tour with Interpol this fall.
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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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.
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