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They Were Wrong So We Drowned

LiarsAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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It’s almost ten years since they first started making music together, but at the start of a new decade Liars find themselves in the unlikely position of being art-rock elder statesmen.

This is unlikely because, while some of the other bands lumped into the Brooklyn post-punk revival scene that first brought Liars to prominence have floundered, this is a group that have constantly ... Read more in Amazon's Liars Store

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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001CNQQM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Steam Rose From the Lifeless Cloak
3. There's Always Room on the Broom
4. If Your a Wizard Then Why Do You Wear Glasses
5. We Fenced Other Houses With the Bones of Our Own
6. They Don't Want Your Corn, They Want Your Kids
7. Read the Book That Wrote Itself
8. Hold Hands and It Will Happen Anyway
9. They Took 14 for the Rest of Our Lives
10. Flow My Tears the Spider Said

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "If I I I am the boy then this this this is the bear!" February 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This latest Liars full-length was given a one-star review by a long running, well respected music magazine. Now I gotta say, I'm really into the album, I love the sinister overtones, and i think the discordant, bizarre but fiendishly catchy single 'There's Always Room on the Broom' is a stroke of genius. But then i can understand why people wouldn't like it. It's might difficult and it's a might spooked. But, you know, i thought that being such 'long running, well respected music magazine' they might chisel some classic well honed criticism. Ah alas no... They've just parroted that sneaky pre-release rumour that the album was unlistenable. They describe the album as an 'electronic noise collage'. No it isn't! That's the kind of high and narrow-minded opinion that my mum might expound from the top of the stairs. Have you heard early royal trux? Have you listened to the Liars? And they dismiss it as being 'rooted in the what-the-f**k? tradition of Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music' do they? If anything it's a "f**k you!" to those tired old institutions who sneer when a band is prepared to scissor their reputation by pursuing their muse into choppy waters. So sail on brave liars, if only there were more bands with your unbridled artistic ambition...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly bold move by a great young band June 14, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
As much as I love the current wave of dance punk bands that blend punk, funk, and disco, I have to admit that many of them are little more than imitators of classic post punk bands. The genre is in danger of becoming stale, and Liars, one of the most intriguing dance punk bands to emerge in the last few years, are ahead of the game. While their first album was all funk riffs and danceable beats, albeit with a menacing edge that made some songs borderline amelodic, this next one leaves the genre behind. This shouldn't be a surprise for anyone who has followed their career. The 25 minute plus loop at the end of the first album is a statement on the redundacy of most dance punk(...).The Fins to Make Us More Fishlike EP practically declared their departure with a bored reworking of Grown Men Don't Fall In the River Just Like That and two chaotic songs that would be a stretch to call danceable.
They Were Wrong, So We Drowned is hard to classify. Noise rock is the best I can come up with. It's a concept album about witches that switches between the point of view of accused witches and the angry townsfolk who persecute them. Guitars rarely sound like guitars, and the atmosphere is created by a good deal of experimenting with variouys instruments and effects. What anchors the album is Angus Andrews, who shows a great range that makes the album interesting even when the instrumentation gets too pretentious. The first single, There's Always Room on the Broom and the song They Don't Want Your Corn, They Want Your Kids both have a fragmented dance punk feel that still stays within the creepy atmosphere of the album. The album's climax, Hold Hands and It Will Happen Anyway, is driven by tribal rythyms and discordant guitar that build then release all the tension built up by the earlier songs. In order to truly appreciate this album, it must be listened to straight through at least a few times. It's really a unique, frightening experience.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about perspective: March 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
CAVEAT: I am a music bigot.
The Liars are part of the return to New Wave. They have always had a bit of the Gang of Four/PiL panache emanating from their glands. Throw in some slightly more obscure influences like ESG, who the Liars copied whole cloth on one track from 'They Threw Us...,' and you have the ingredients for this particular cake. Well, 'They Were Wrong...' is not unlistenable, unintelligible, or unprecedented. In fact, I am not surprised by it in any way (neither am I surprised that stodgy ole Rolling Stone Magazine panned these recordings). I will admit that I would have been quite satisfied with an album that followed the formula of 'They Threw Us...' as closely as the latest Strokes mimics their first LP. I am not disappointed in the departure made by the Liars as it is one of degree and, more importantly, it is almost predictable. These guys are art punks with a dance sensibility. Their heroes are Gang of Four, PiL, This Heat, Wire, The Pop Group, and the like (this is an educated guess based on their output). With the exception of GoF, all of these bands experimented widely with their sound on their first few records, especially Wire and PiL. 'They Were Wrong...' follows that tradition religiously. This sophomore effort is very closely aligned with PiL's still amazing third full length release, 'The Flowers of Romance,' which was released by a Warner Brothers label that would run screaming from such recordings in today's far less adventurous majors scene. 'They Were Wrong...' cribs both beats and the general what have you of 'Flowers...' Mix in a bit of the cut-and-paste derring do of This Heat and 'They Were Wrong...' becomes transparent, almost a given.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's Always Room on the Broom for Liars (4/5) March 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When Liars hit the music scene in 2001, the name of their album and song titles weren't the only thing that seemed a little peculiar to everyone. This was a band that had chewed up the mass of their influences and spit them out in an entirely new fashion. With only one record, they created a buzz that even they couldn't get rid of if they wanted to. Upon arrival of their unique debut release, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top, critics and fans alike were fast to realize Liars was stylistically similar to a lot of the other NYC-based bands revitalizing the late 70's/early 80's post-punk dance scene. Even so, while they were immediately pigeonholed into this category, they were able to add an edgy, almost avant-garde, boldness that the others were simply not exploring.

The same can also be said for They Were Wrong, So We Drowned. The only thing here that's similar to their debut is that the song titles and album name are still very unique (both albums start with the word `they'). With that aside, the primary thing you'll discover once you listen to this album is that things have drastically changed - for the better. The envelope has been moved in an entirely new direction, and the band wouldn't have it any other way. Liars take great pride in breaking out of the genre-defining boxes they're thrown in. In the same way Radiohead took an impeccable album like OK Computer and stepped into unfamiliar territory with Kid A, Liars have sidestepped the majority of their familiar styles and broken free towards new explorations. Now, I won't go so far as to say They Were Wrong sounds like Kid A, but it definitely gives me the same feelings I had the first time I heard that album.

There's a detached coldness that emanates in They Were Wrong.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Is there something here everyone has missed?
Nearly all the critical response to this second Liars album has been in reaction to the music, which many have found too challenging. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Autonomeus
3.0 out of 5 stars They didn't begin the title of their next album with the word "They,"...
OK, so, Liars. As in, if you claim to understand their 2004 album They Were Wrong So We Drowned, and you are not actually a member of the band The Liars, you are a LIAR. Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. R. Eriksen
5.0 out of 5 stars Music industry schlock or beacon on the hill?
I love that people judge this album so harshly. It digs deep at the commodification of art in a world bent on proving itself through economic growth charts and putting music in... Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Lincoln
3.0 out of 5 stars Are we listening to the same album?
For those who have characterized Liars' sophomore effort as "harsh unlistenable noise," we must have a pretty different idea of what harsh unlistenable noise is. Read more
Published on October 18, 2010 by Stargrazer
don't listen to any review. in fact don't even listen to this review. hear it for yourself. liars have created a dark and magical world and we are lucky enough to enter. Read more
Published on February 21, 2008 by Sean Sproull
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Whining
All the former fans of Liars and the MTVindie-loving music reviewers need to stop whining about this brilliant release by Liars. Read more
Published on April 15, 2006 by Jeremy Webber
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS
I am a huge sceptic these days. It really takes alot to wake me up and make me take notice anymore. Jaded? Bored with rock? Depressed at the state of music in general? Read more
Published on January 21, 2006 by L. Seifer
1.0 out of 5 stars Similar to a noise generator to induce a confession.
I like The Liars "Monument"

Its not great. But its good at what it is, and its intended audience will definitely enjoy it. Read more
Published on June 23, 2005 by Benjamin D. Heller
2.0 out of 5 stars Guitars? We don;t need no stinkin' guitars!
The first Liars album "They threw us..." succeeded mainly because of the guitar driven beats. Not so on "Drowned". Read more
Published on January 20, 2005 by Christopher D. Mag Uidhir
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, excellent, excellent.
liars are the future of rock n' roll.

let's face it, there are a lot of bands out there that are hailed for the innovative music - i.e. Read more
Published on December 8, 2004 by jf
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