Liars - Liars
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Based on 14 reviews
2007 Ratings: #51 / 653
Year End Rank: #33
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
2007 Ratings: #64
August 28, 2007 / Release Date
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Kind of funny to have the self titled release be 4 albums and 6 years deep, but it makes sense when you hear the variety of styles that Liars cover on here. Following the high concepts of DND and They Were Wrong..., here we find Liars craft their version of a pop rock album.
Great album by Liars. Their blend of rock energy, psychedelia and post-punk weirdness is such an incredible identity, and as they sort of reformulate themselves album after album, their maturity becomes even clearer, with amazing efforts such as their self-titled. In these eleven tracks, the band brings out a twisted and unique collection of songs that could only have been done by them. There are energic alternative-rock moments like Plaster Casts of Everything and Cycle Time, settled-down ... read more
It can feel a little redundant at times and does lack a sense of stylistic stability at times, often trading back and forth between being odd and disorienting or just hard driving rock, but there are good things going on the majority of the album. Brutal, reverb soaked drums, piercing and oddly intonated guitars are very striking, playing some really interesting riffs and patterns that work well. The vocals fit very well, meshing with the often striking chemistry of the bass, guitars, and ... read more
Original Score: 61

Not sure what I was thinking when I first heard this (5 years ago) but I didn't really see anything new here. After letting my tastes change since then, I've become more and more enthralled with this record. At some points it sounds like a popular psych-rock band, while other songs come off as Tom Waits-inspired post-punk drifter numbers. In my opinion, Liars are one of the most interesting groups working today, and each album of theirs is worth putting time towards.
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Track List

  1. Plaster Casts of Everything 
  2. Houseclouds 
  3. Leather Prowler 
  4. Sailing To Byzantium 
  5. What Would They Know 
  6. Cycle Time 
  7. Freak Out 
  8. Pure Unevil 
  9. Clear Island 
  10. The Dumb In the Rain 
  11. Protection

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