WIXIW - Liars

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. WIXIW is simply a Liars album that exceeds expectations and throws a sonic left curve that not only impresses, but reminds us how talented this band is.
  2. Jul 6, 2012
    There's lots to love about WIXIW, but it is all so much the band's own creation that anything less than experience falls severely short of capturing it.
  3. 90
    No matter how far into the ether they push, no matter what new form their music takes, there is a core Liars sound, and they've never sounded more aware of that or as ready to take on the challenge of reaching into that center.
  4. 90
    Liars have created another standout album that while dissimilar from the rest, is nothing short of amazing and nothing of a surprise from such an exceptional band.
  5. Jun 1, 2012
    It is a refreshing, sublime, and exciting work of art.
  6. Jun 1, 2012
    WIXIW is a wonder of an album of endless layers and contrasts to get caught up and lost in.
  7. Jun 5, 2012
    WIXIW eventually opens to reveal cunning depths.
  8. Jun 1, 2012
    [WIXIW is] dizzying, discordant and heavily rhythmic, as Andrew, Hemphill and Gross weave found sounds, freaky fragments of melancholy off-kilter melody, spiralling keyboard motifs, flurries of strings and distorted vocals and riffs through electronics that crunch and crack like shattered glass.
  9. Jun 6, 2012
    An exquisitely polished, well-refined album that takes the best of what Liars have achieved in the past and fastens it in a crisp electronic casing.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 22, 2012

    Call it Liars' 'Gone Electric Album' minus the motorcycle accident. From the music
    releases I've heard this year, in the borderless world of boarded-up bodies, LIARS' 'WIXIW' is the album that stayed with me like a life-vest. Under-reviewed and undersold by most of the music press this year, "Wish You" is an album worth rejoicing for. It refuses the easy pop-single and jingle dandruff, even though 'No. #1 Against the Rush' and the 'Exact Color of Doubt' might suggest the opposite. It twists with its own sense of Los Angeles belonging. Recorded under Highway 101--from a road that entrances and disenchants its night-riders with ease--came the sound of this brand new world. Seemingly modest in contrast to Liars' masterpiece of 2006 ('Drum's Not Dead') and their other, more abrasive albums, 'Wish You' grows over you like a wet cloak of its own dark making; it rises in shadows while hiding its wearer's countenance; it's all atmosphere, all the time. The woozy, slurred synths, bird calls, echo loops. For a band known for its no wave guitars, vulcan drumming and pagan chanting, Liars retransmits Gary Numan and Aphex Twin with their own left-hand designs. They drop the noise of their Art Punk past and go wildly into the night streaking Daft Punk, transmuting alabaster surfaces into echo chambers. 'Wish You' is a warm, brave and spectral beauty, showcasing--in the most singular fashion--Angus Andrew's most fragile of falsettos. As their first electronic album, it's 'Kid A'--but with all of the warmth and grandeur of 'In Rainbows.' And of all the albums I heard this year, this one came calling back to me like someone I had lost once but still loved. It dialed back to my phone, my car, my computer, and even into the dreams of the unseen. [100/100] Full Review »
  2. Aug 8, 2012
    Blew me away. By far my favorite album of the year. None of the tracks really fit together or carry some overarching theme (other than stylistically), which makes each song easily identifiable and memorable. I like concept albums but I find most to be pretentious and a little tiring as most of them are just too long and congested. But WIXIW seems easy to listen to if you like to digest music rather than just throw something on the stereo. I get all the Kid A comparisons with electronics/atmospherics but I think Liars have a more sinister and creepy approach to their music. Sisterwold scared the **** out of everyone, but WIXIW while retaining that nightmarish quality seems more aware of the fact and uses gentle touches of synth and other odd noises to keep that paranoia still present but subdued and accessible. Full Review »
  3. Jun 18, 2012
    Album "WIXIW" - meaning "wish you" - is probably the most experimental-electronic position in six album Liars band's career. Arrangements visible even after "The Exact Colour Of Doubt" is a result of a bit ambiental, sometimes even drone style - through a greater focus on the color of the presented sound than in fact on a melodys tone - which is visible even in the "Octagon". It can be concluded that the works represented by the brilliant single "No.1 Against The Rush", keep their moody, varied climate throughout the disc. Full Review »