- WIXIW

Liars - WIXIW
CRITIC SCORE
83
Based on 26 reviews
2012 Rank: #23 / 892
USER SCORE
79
Based on
74 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

WIXIW isn’t a culmination or even a continuation of its predecessors, but a hint that Liars aren’t nearly as scattershot as they seemed. 

90
Drowned in Sound

The project is pulled off with an integrity and passion that never feels like bandwagon jumping

90
musicOMH

WIXIW is a wonder of an album of endless layers and contrasts to get caught up and lost in.

90
Consequence of Sound

No matter how far into the ether they push, no matter what new form their music takes, there is a core Liars sound

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

What the band has accomplished here is 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.

90
The 405

The outcome is a record which is self-contained; cohesive despite its eclecticism, and wonderfully arresting as a result. 

84
Beats Per Minute

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.

80
Under The Radar

WIXIW succeeds at carrying a consistent, immersive mood from start to finish, possibly more than any of the group's output. 

80
PopMatters

WIXIW is another remarkable achievement for Liars.

78
Pitchfork

What we end up with is another very good album from a band that consistently turns out good work while charting its own path. 

78
Paste

While 40-plus minutes of these experiments may start to drag, Liars’ ability to work in hooks and structure to oddball electronic music is both admirable and pleasantly surprising.

70
No Ripcord

It’s a good album, revelatory in that Liars can carry their sound into different realms of possibility, a translation carried out by different instruments. 

60
FACT Magazine

By taking electronic to mean, largely, removed introspection, WIXIX might be the one example of a guitar band who, by fully embracing electronica, have regressed. 

SiberianBreaks
68
WIXIW is a turning point for Liars as they tone things down quite a bit and the most impressive aspect is how this turned out to be some of their darkest material yet. Everything on here feels very bare-boned and minimal, but this style only starts to become somewhat appealing later on in the album. This had the chance to be their greatest work to me, but the first half feels so incredibly stale compared to the superior second half.

Favourite tracks: Flood to Flood, Who Is the Hunter, Brats
cwmDJ
92
experimental electronic indie album, superb stuff mainly, engrossing throughout
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DETAILS

June 5, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mute / Label
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 16 - BBC
# 23 - Clash
# 26 - Cokemachineglow
# 26 - Consequence of Sound
# 1 - DIY
# 45 - Exclaim!
# 12 - FILTER
# 8 - musicOMH
# 39 - NME
# 49 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 4 - The 405
# 36 - The Fly
# 32 - The Line of Best Fit
# 15 - The Quietus
# 15 - Time Out London
# 24 - Under the Radar
MISC LISTS
# 1 - Drowned in Sound
Track List
  1. The Exact Color of Doubt
  2. Octagon
  3. No.1 Against the Rush
  4. A Ring On Every Finger
  5. Ill Valley Prodigies
  6. Wixiw
  7. His and Mine Sensations
  8. Flood to Flood
  9. Who Is the Hunter
  10. Brats
  11. Annual Moon Words


Added on: April 2, 2012