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LiarsAudio CD
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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 (June 5, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B007WFQZF0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Exact Colour Of Doubt
2. Octagon
3. No. 1 Against The Rush
4. A Ring On Every Finger
5. Ill Valley Prodigies
7. His And Mine Sensations
8. Flood To Flood
9. Who Is The Hunter
10. Brats
11. Annual Moon Words

Editorial Reviews

Liars have returned with their sixth studio album and follow-up
to 2010 s critically lauded Sisterworld. WIXIW was recorded in
LA and self-produced by the band with additional production
from Mute founder Daniel Miller and mixed by Tom Biller. The
band worked more collaboratively than on previous recordings
and began when frontman Angus Andrew and bassist Aaron
Hemphill moved into an isolated cabin in the mountains to
begin writing.
The album is simultaneously the most accessible and the most
challenging release from this iconoclastic band - it is both a
summation of Liars work up to now, and a complete break
from anything they have done previously.
As Angus jokes, If we aren t confusing people, it s not us. If
we aren t confusing ourselves with what we do, then we ve

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is a very consistent, very accomplished album. It's smooth, and that, not the obvious move to electronica, may be the biggest difference between WIXIW and earlier Liars albums. Even where the beats sound mechanical and could be abrasive -- on the Autechre side of things -- they're not. There is a certain continuity from Sisterworld to WIXIW, a continuity of attitude and ambience, the sense of living in a vast, dark, urban landscape that is vaguely menacing.

Some have said it's all textures rather than hits, and while I agree there are probably no hits, I think this overlooks the strong beats and melodies found throughout. It may not be a dance album, but it certainly lends itself to dance remixes.

Within the universe of smooth electronica, there is a fascinating diversity across the eleven tracks. One common element, though, is the falsetto crooning vocals. This is the one thing that doesn't always hit me quite right, but it does assist in creating the album's stylistic coherence.

I disagree with those who say this album is more adventurous and experimental than the last two. It may be adventurous for the Liars to tackle a type of music they haven't played before, but it doesn't sound all that radical to the listener, not if you've heard electronica over the years. In fact, I think this is the Liars' most accessible album.

WIXIW is not as abrasive as Liars (2007) or Sisterworld (2010), and I don't think it's a masterpiece on the level of Sisterworld (see my review). It's not as ambitious -- it's not really *about* anything, other than relationships. (WIXIW, it turns out, is pronounced "wish you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it or hate it November 24, 2012
By rsf
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You'll either love it or hate it which is probably true for all Liars albums, they are far from melodic mainstream and are not easily described by any musical style. This one has some smooth electronic beats and is a bit more accessible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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In its 10 year run, Brooklyn-based Liars has not stopped surprising us, evolving and developing into many musical directions, yet always sounding very recognizable. After 2010's excellent "Sisterworld" album, the trio now returns with its 6th studio album.

"WIXIW" (11 tracks; 43 min.) starts off with a very dreamy, electronic track "The Exact Color of Doubt" and with track 2 "Octagon" in the same vein, it becomes clear that the band has taken yet another left turn in their on-going musical journey, and this might be their version of Radiohead's "Kid A" meets "The King of Limbs". Trank 3 "No. 1 Against the Rush" (1st single; a fantasy footbal reference?) reminded me somehow of latter-day the National. "A Ring on Every Finger" is a jumpy song (with in fact part of the melody seemingly lifted straight from the Belgian band Telex's song "Lakelele" of some 30 years ago). Good track follow one after another, and once you are submerged into the electronica, this is as good as anything Liars have done. "Ill Valley Prodigies" recalls early-Pink Floyd. The title track becomes an urgent multi-layered synthesizer exercise, just beautiful. Towards the end of the album we get "Brats", a slighly disco-flavored tune that is as immediately accessible as anything on here (and another single candidate in my opinion).

In all, while this seemingly comes as a surprise from Liars, this is an album that just shines from start to finish, with nearly a weak moment in it. It is for me one of the year's best albums so far, and sure to finish high on my year-end list. "WIXIW" is HIGHLY RECOMMMENDED!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gently twisted electronic atmospheric exploration July 10, 2012
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"WIXIW" (pronounced "Wish You") is the 6th album from this odd Los Angeles band, and is an
absolutely beautiful album of gently twisted electronic atmospheric exploration. In a stunning
turnaround from previous noisy, cacophonous art-rock releases, Liars have graced us with
ripples of rolling, dream-wave soundscapes that reflect the surprise most listeners felt when
Radiohead moved from "OK Computer" to "Kid A". Make no mistake, though pop elements do
make an appearance; these are still not generally hum-along tunes. Instead, we get dark,
shadowy trips through a land of uneasy gauze-covered mystery. Rhythmic, mechanistic, body-
twisting beats occasionally rise to the surface, peeking through a murky, gray film of tense near-
melody. These songs, however, have undeniably attractive-- if somewhat alien-- warmth that
arises from the band's uncompromising purity of vision. Liars have created one of the years
most unexpected, and satisfying, surprises. Resembles a mix of Radiohead, Faust, i LiKE
TRAiNS, Shriekback, This Heat, Tangerine Dream, Cabaret Voltaire, Fridge, Gazelle Twin.
Really, really good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fan-freakin-Tastic August 29, 2012
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First things first, I think this album is wonderful. Having listened to the Liars previous work, the general ambiance and sound from this album was rather unexpected (but, what else can you expect from Liars?). It starts out with "The Exact Colour of Doubt," which is oddly beautiful, and comforting, kind of dropping one into a relaxed lull before dramatically shifting into "Octagon," which is a song filled with so much tension that it makes me want to crawl out of my skin.

From there it goes into "No. 1 Against the Rush", which is relaxed enough to put you, once again, into kind of lull, with a repetitious, rather relaxed rhythm; however, the overlapping synthesizers create a wonderfully discomforting ambiance, which is really what the album is rife with. From there it follows that same basic pattern: Relaxed beat, with overlaying instruments creating a constant feeling of discomfort and rising tension to the point where it makes your skin crawl.

Only complaints; the title track, "Wixiw", which sits in the exact middle of the album is very loud, abrasive and out of place with the rest of the album. It has a kind of sonic shift half way through the song, which I would praise if the shift reflected the sound of the album either preceding or proceeding the song, but it doesn't. It's simply out of place. The songs preceding "Wixiw" are all calm with rising tension. The songs proceeding "Wixiw" start off more tense, but kind of ease off, becoming more fun to listen to. "Wixiw" is just nonstop intensity, without the proper feeling of climax.

Also, I wix the track listing, "Who is the Hunter" and "Brats" were switched around. Most of the album is very, very electronic, but the ending track, "Annual Moon Words" is organic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally under appreciated
If you're reading this review and thinking you probably won't check this album out, know this: You will eventually. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tex: Innocent
3.0 out of 5 stars Screw you, Ashleigh!!!!!!!!!!!
I used to really like this CD, but I was listening to it when my girlfriend broke up with me. I was so upset, it made me throw up. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mmmmm Amazon-y
5.0 out of 5 stars doesn't get much better than this
i am a long-time Liars fan & have all their albums. this one sounds nothing like any of their others, being that it's mostly electronic, yet it is this one that is now my favorite
Published 15 months ago by James Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Liars at their best
Just really dig the Liars and everything that they put out. It's always a surprise! And this time was no different...Loved it.
Published 17 months ago by Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Reinvention Album of the Year

Call it Liars' 'Gone Electric Album' minus the motorcycle accident. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Matthew Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars WIXIW | Liars
enough electronic swells, bloops, and beeps to feel brooding, with enough indie guitar jangles to not feel "EDM," whatever the hell that is. check them out.
Published 22 months ago by Joseph H. Mayton III
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Liars is one of my favorite bands, and with this album they show their creativity has reached no bounds. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mario Villalobos
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
I like the mood of the album, it's nocturnal and rather hypnotic....I would say it's at least worth checking out if you appreciate introspective music. Read more
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