They Were Wrong, So We Drowned

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2004
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. Mojo
    60
    Not quite magic but an impressive attempt at experimental spell-weaving. [Mar 2004, p.101]
  2. Alternative Press
    60
    Channels the spirits of no wave via clinks and clanks, doomy vocal chants, ominous tribal thumps, abstract guitar scraping and jarring haunted-forrest samples. [Mar 2004, p.110]
  3. Ultimately, we’re left wondering: have Liars lost it, or found themselves?
  4. Frequently unpleasant, but consistently interesting.
  5. Uncut
    60
    Liars' aim is to challenge the listener with their gruelling strangeness. [Apr 2004, p.101]
  6. Though some sections are plodding and one-dimensional, others lock into place.
  7. An album that’s simultaneously stimulating and crappy.
  8. 'They Were Wrong, So We Drowned' is a remarkably assured second album, and considerably more audacious than its predecessor, but it's a far from flawless affair.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. BrianC.
    May 2, 2008
    10
    My favorite cd of all time, and certainly the best liars cd as well in my opinion.
  2. EricC
    Aug 31, 2008
    8
    Oh, the benefit of retrospect, right? Years have passed since this album's release, and most critics, either through recent Liars Oh, the benefit of retrospect, right? Years have passed since this album's release, and most critics, either through recent Liars reviews and articals, have admitted that They Were Wrong was underrated. Little good that does to their mediocre Metascore, which will scare away potential listeners. It's their loss, as this album is neither unlistenable or overly difficult. So what if it's not their greatest triumph so far. It's definately more engaging than their debut and their recent self-titled release. They took a sharp left turn after a hyped up review and the critics were shocked and felt betrayed. How dare a band explore new ideas and sounds, right? That's only allowed for Bob Dylan and Radiohead. Whatever, this is a fantastic album for anyone willing to give it their time. Full Review »
  3. EoinT
    Jan 28, 2007
    10
    F*cking ace.