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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).
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
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  1. An intense fifty minute ride through the minds of one of the best new bands to emerge in recent memory.
  2. 90
    One of the most adrenalising albums you'll hear this year. [Sep 2002, p.110]
  3. While they don't quite have the cross-gender appeal of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the pouty disagreeability of the Strokes or the urbane refinement of the Walkmen, they heedlessly summon the spirits of post-punk monoliths like PiL, A Certain Ratio and the Pop Group without forsaking their gritty New Yawk-ian roots.
  4. Whether they're shrieking or pleading, dancing or shivering, they're always exuding an intensity that never fails to find a way to hit you hard, really hard.
  5. Liars got the punk wave thing down, but what makes them more interesting than their peers is their willingness to explore beyond the edges of the new-wave box.
  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. They're at their best on tracks like "Nothing Is Ever Lost[...]," where they conjure the wheeling claustrophobia of PiL circa Metal Box. [#223, p.66]

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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
    matt g is dumb, this album is great
  2. AdamX
    Dec 9, 2003
    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
    Does everybody who ranked this album have a last name starting with G?
  4. JeremyG
    Feb 5, 2004
    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
    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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