Mess - Liars
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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for the rock trio was produced by band member, Angus Andrew.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    100
    This is undoubtedly Liars’ most engaging work, and certainly the best Mute album since, well, WIXIW.
  2. 83
    As the trio continue to remould and refine their craft, Mess, an album fuelled by impulse, demonstrates their ideological core hasn’t moved an inch.
  3. Mar 14, 2014
    80
    Liars' untidy room remains a wonderful place to visit. [Apr 2014, p.113]
  4. Mar 28, 2014
    80
    Even if it's not quite as striking an achievement as WIXIW, it's a lot of fun and shows, once again, that Liars are unquestionably themselves no matter how much they push their boundaries.
  5. Mar 25, 2014
    75
    More than anything, Mess is impactful commentary about the contemporary tendency to consume culture passively.
  6. Mar 26, 2014
    70
    On Mess, surface is meaning, with the album’s vacuous hedonism merely another expression of the theme of spiritual oblivion that Liars have explored ever since their debut.
  7. Mar 21, 2014
    40
    Mess's crepuscular predecessor felt both more innovative, and more likely to open up Liars' demographic. [Apr 2014, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 27, 2014
    10
    More bombastic and confident than WIXIW, every song is an amazing experience to listen to. I don't get why critics aren't praising this album more, it's so good I can see this album as being a gateway drug to the rest of the band's discography for new listeners. Expand
  2. Jun 24, 2014
    9
    This album is a perfect combination of unhinged and tranquil noise. It's like a pet bear: You feel safe most of the time but at any moment it can maul your face off. Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2014
    9
    Perhaps the band's most natural progression yet, MESS sees them take what they learned while making WIXIW and get their hands a little dirtier with it. The first four tracks are a dense punch in the face of high-powered electronica, which slows down a little bit as the album goes on and things get a bit darker. Liars' trademark sense of dread appears mostly on the second half of the album, yet it closes out on its lightest moment with Left Speaker Blown.

    The album itself may be a bit more of a grower than WIXIW was, but it's every bit as good. Yet another masterful collection of songs put out by this band.
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  4. Apr 23, 2014
    8
    A lot of critic hate for this album for some reason, don't know why. The band continues to experiment here and it pays off pretty handsomely. Incredibly bold, and does a great job of blending house music with a fusion of dance and experimental electronica. Collapse
  5. Aug 4, 2014
    8
    [8.6] Mess is easily Liars' creepiest, inacessible (with the exception of Sisterworld, maybe), and industrially tinged album yet. It may not be their most adventurous, or their most visceral, but credit must be given for its bleakness, its strangeness, and its outright creepiness. Expand
  6. Mar 26, 2014
    5
    This is the least rewarding album in this band's discography. It's muddy and plodding in the first half, and thin on ideas in the second half. Mess on a Mission is barely more than OK, and it's the highlight of the album. Expand