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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
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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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.Read more ›
Liars is a group that is more concerned with creating interesting textures of sound rather than radio-ready hits. The group's previous catalog reflects a band that is conscious about each album's sound; constantly changing and tinkering with their sound, the group is known for drastic shifts in music between releases. WIXIW (pronounced "Wish You") is no exception as it finds the band changing direction once again. This time, the group has found themselves in a dark avant-garde electronic-dance experiment.
WIXIW sounds almost like a logical extension of Radiohead's KID A. The album is maintained by melancholy, haunting synthesizers and offbeat rhythms. Like past releases, the value of Liars' music lies in the depth of the album. Each play of the album will open and unlock previously unattended sounds, shifts, and textures; that's what they're made for. These albums are made to be poured over and explored. The discordant, atonal, and asynchronous touches of the album really pay off on repeated listens. The lead single, "No. 1 Against the Rush" isn't immediate, but it's a song that will stay with you long after its running time. "His and Mine Sensations," centers around a vocal line whose delivery is very much beautiful, dark, and a bit creepy; in a way, this line sums up the entire album. "Ring on Every Finger" centers around a very unconventional loop, but the song, centering around near-tribal percussion is unforgettable. Much of WIXIW is layered with dark samples and instrumentation, making this album less accessible to new listeners than previous releases.Read more ›
"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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If you're reading this review and thinking you probably won't check this album out, know this: You will eventually. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Tex: Innocent
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 morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Mmmmm Amazon-y
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 favoritePublished on July 20, 2013 by James Christof
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 on May 1, 2013 by Marshall
ALBUM OF THE YEAR (2012) - LIARS' "WIXIW" - (MUTE)
Call it Liars' 'Gone Electric Album' minus the motorcycle accident. Read more
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 on December 2, 2012 by Joseph H. Mayton III
Liars is one of my favorite bands, and with this album they show their creativity has reached no bounds. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Mario Villalobos
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... Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by Colby C. Mauro
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 morePublished on August 20, 2012 by Amazon Customer