Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. An intense fifty minute ride through the minds of one of the best new bands to emerge in recent memory.
  3. Uncut
    90
    One of the most adrenalising albums you'll hear this year. [Sep 2002, p.110]
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    [Their] jerky, wired punk-funk sound salutes '80s underground heroes like the Contortions, Liquid Liquid and ESG, with a bit of Public Image Ltd. and Gang of Four tossed in. [Listen 2 This supplement, Aug 2002, p.17]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Alternative Press
    80
    This album's fucking great, like a sharp stick in the eye. [Sep 2002, p.81]
  9. Liars have a surprisingly unique approach that distinguishes them from other groups in their willingness to experiment with different tones, volumes, and styles, all of which make They Threw Us in a Trench and Stuck a Monument On an astounding debut.
  10. The brief disc contains enough gusto and punch to get your spastic swerve on heartily.
  11. A ramshackle, art-damaged mess, but it's also one of the most bone-rattlingly ferocious records you'll hear all year.
  12. 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.
  13. Mojo
    70
    Humour saves the Liars. [Sep 2002, p.110]
  14. An exciting mix of audacious punk rock stammering held together by such disparate art-rock nomenclature and tendencies as vocal transmutation, discordant climaxes and ironic herky-jerky rhythms.
  15. 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.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. BobG
    Aug 3, 2006
    9
    Does everybody who ranked this album have a last name starting with G?
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »