Liars - Mess
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Based on 29 reviews
2014 Ratings: #244 / 855
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Based on 186 ratings
2014 Ratings: #132
March 25, 2014 / Release Date
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This is undoubtedly Liars’ most engaging work

No Ripcord

Now seven albums deep into their career, Liars remain a lasting and distinguished presence, one that continues to question the confinement of genre and fashions their identity around a refusal to do so.

Under The Radar

The kind of envelope-pushing on Mess is nothing if not mature, simultaneously punk as fuck and utterly refined.

The Line of Best Fit

Mess is characteristically confident and brash, but humane and enduring. In short, it’s up there with the rest of their unerringly brilliant back-catalogue.

Pretty Much Amazing

As the trio continue to remould and refine their craft, Mess, an album fuelled by impulse, demonstrates their ideological core hasn’t moved an inch.

The Skinny

By and large, it’s a beast of a record and free from overtly po-faced earnestness

Drowned in Sound

The homogeneity of sound is fascinating and oppressive and inscrutable, a brooding cosmic puzzle that Liars keep rearranging to new effects and opaque ends.


With overwhelming confidence the Brooklyn-based trio present 11 songs of unerring quality and an almost uncountable numbers of flicks and tricks. 


If there’s a record that sums up the spirit of Liars – that dedication to unsettling, disorientating anarchy – ‘Mess’ may just be it.


It pretty much encapsulates the band's evolution -- from scrappy startups in Brooklyn's turn-of-the-century dance-punk scene to witchcraft storytellers bashing nebulous sounds together to ambient-electro perfectionists. 


As with their previous six albums, Liars find a way to both innovate and deliver a brand-loyal effort with (dis)ease.


Even if it's not quite as striking an achievement as WIXIW, it's a lot of fun and shows, once again, that Liars are unquestionably themselves no matter how much they push their boundaries.

The Needle Drop
Liars continue their foray into electronic music with a series of incredibly bold, heavy tech house fusions.
The 405

Uniquely with Mess, they've instead dealt with the most colossal environment, making a grander statement about the aphotic bleakness of society in the process.

A.V. Club

Mess is a dense record for big rooms, demanding to be heard with potent subwoofers.


As Liars continue their hiatus from the trappings of rock with Mess, they’ve created what is without a doubt their least innovative and least gloriously messy album.

FACT Magazine

Not only is Mess Liars’ first ‘dance album’, it’s also their most pop - the Liars’ sound distilled to a motorcade of hook-after-hook insta-gratification events.


As enjoyable as it can be, Mess is a centrist record from a band without a lot of centrist strengths and appreciating it can feel like a symbolic gesture


Most of the album scans as half-baked and tossed off, a swift break with the quality of the band’s prior output.

Tiny Mix Tapes

On the one hand, they sound like they’ve kept apace with musical trends and integrated them accordingly; on the other, it sounds like they’ve got some cool new toys but not a lot of new ideas.

Consequence of Sound

I find it hard to listen to Mess and not miss the rampant motion of Sisterworld, the clever melodies of WIXIW, or the way Drums Not Dead draws hot air tight around itself for what can feel like hours. Mess gets caught in an odd trap in that it’s neither patient nor nimble.

One of my favorites from one of the most consistent bands around. More industrial than some of their other work. Goth dance party time.
From the subtlety of WIXIW Liars add a full line of cocaine to their sound. This album will get you pumped, the sounds on here are like an intense drug-fueled frenzy. Might just be my favourite Liars record.

Best Track: Vox Tuned D.E.D.
Worst Track: Left Speaker Blown
Liars create a dance party where all the freak shows from a nearby carnival stagger in, let loose, and slowly fizzle out into the night. The most surprising thing about it, though, might be that it's Liars at their most serious.

Favorite Tracks: Left Speaker Blown, Perpetual Village, Can't Hear Well, Vox Tuned DED, Pro Anti Anti
Really enjoyed this album. Definitely gives a visceral yet strange feeling to their music. One of the better experimental albums of the year.
what happened to my brain? strange combination of sounds, still on the better side of experimentation. It's definitely less punk than their previous album 'they threw us all(...)', which i really liked. but 'mess' offers interesting electronic music mixed with some rock elements.
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Track List

  1. Mask Maker
  2. Vox Tuned D.E.D.
  3. I’m No Gold
  4. Pro Anti Anti
  5. Can’t Hear Well
  6. Mess On a Mission
  7. Darkslide
  8. Boyzone
  9. Walker
  10. Perpetual Village
  11. Left Speaker Blown
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