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  • Summary: This debut LP from the experimental punk outfit from Brooklyn known for their strong live sets features lengthy song titles and an even lengthier closing track (clocking in at over half an hour).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 90
    One of the most adrenalising albums you'll hear this year. [Sep 2002, p.110]
  2. Mixing the grit that was The Stooges with the bounce that was Gang of Four, Liars and their debut release are everything that should be praised about Brooklyn's music scene.
  3. A ramshackle, art-damaged mess, but it's also one of the most bone-rattlingly ferocious records you'll hear all year.
  4. Nailed to the dancefloor by Flea-like bassist Pat Nature, and dragged up to date by hip-hop beats and random electronica, musically Liars are taut as a tightrope.
  5. 70
    Humour saves the Liars. [Sep 2002, p.110]
  6. While their found object gimmickry is a novel enough enticement, the Liars' solid stop/start rhythm section is what keeps the junkyard noise spastically danceable.
  7. It's grating and electrifying in equal measure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. samg
    Dec 6, 2002
    10
    matt g is dumb, this album is great
  2. AdamX
    Dec 9, 2003
    10
    all round genius! a totally inspirational adventure... if you dont get the last track then you don't deserve to listen to this album... ;)
  3. BobG
    Aug 3, 2006
    9
    Does everybody who ranked this album have a last name starting with G?
  4. JeremyG
    Feb 5, 2004
    8
    The rhythm section owns this album, the other two members are just renting time and space on it. Personally, I stop the last track when it The rhythm section owns this album, the other two members are just renting time and space on it. Personally, I stop the last track when it gets to the loop. To those of you who think that I don't get the album because of this, I wish you a good time as you enjoy your 26 minutes of loopage. Expand
  5. less_success
    Aug 3, 2006
    8
    Liars' debut is aggressive, but still dancey. Personally I think this is the best album to come out of the New York "dancepunk" thing. Liars' debut is aggressive, but still dancey. Personally I think this is the best album to come out of the New York "dancepunk" thing. By the way, roman k's posts that Liars were dead after pat and ron left the group was a slight miscalculation. Expand

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