Liars, 'Liars' (Mute)

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Liars
Critical Mass
Label: mute

by Andrew Earles

It speaks volumes that the fourth Liars album is eponymous. Gone are the frantic post-punk throwbacks of their 2001 debut, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top, and the heavy-handed conceptual experimentation of the following two LPs, which combined electronic noise and allusions to witchcraft. Here, blazing opener "Plaster Casts of Everything" flips the aggro electro-pummel of early-'90s Wax Trax into organically surging rock, "Houseclouds" is dance pop of hit-worthy catchiness (and Liars-worthy weirdness), and the taut, pounding "Freak Out" puts to shame most contemporary psych outfits.

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