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.
The project is pulled off with an integrity and passion that never feels like bandwagon jumping
WIXIW is a wonder of an album of endless layers and contrasts to get caught up and lost in.
No matter how far into the ether they push, no matter what new form their music takes, there is a core Liars sound
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.
The outcome is a record which is self-contained; cohesive despite its eclecticism, and wonderfully arresting as a result.
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.
WIXIW succeeds at carrying a consistent, immersive mood from start to finish, possibly more than any of the group's output.
WIXIW is another remarkable achievement for Liars.
What we end up with is another very good album from a band that consistently turns out good work while charting its own path.
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.
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.
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.
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