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Mess is Liars SEVENTH album. This follow up to 2012's WIXIW is an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic synth-rock that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon.Liars' career has seen the band rattle through pigeonholes in an attempt to avoid them all together: brittle yet taught punk funk; liminal no-wave; ecstatic noise-pop; 21st-century garage rock; post-millennial post-rock; delicate electronics; reaching here, where Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross now find themselves.
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (March 25, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00HULTSWS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mark E. Campagna on March 25, 2014
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It's amazing how many albums Liars put out...In my opinion there was almost a lull, between the s/t and Sisterworld. Not really a lull, but a hum. Then WIXIW made me love them again. This continues my love affair with the band that started off with their dancey punky "they threw us in a trench..." and, from that point, reinvented themselves with every album they created. This...is Liars. it's fun, creepy, lovely, decadent, drippy and euphoric. That seems to be their signature sound. But this album is colder, more electronic..like passing out in the stall of an 80's club, rhythmically nodding out while being occasionally woken by the thump of a fist knocking on the door, and the distant sound of dudes talking man talk where only a few words are acknowledged...and barely make sense when staring into the void of the Porcelain God.
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From dustedmagazine.tumblr.com/post/82450586050/liars-mess-mute

Like Björk (and The Doors and Can and a lot of other artists), the members of Liars are making a career out of musical reinvention (while more or less, not alienating their audience, though they may have lost a few Dusted reviewers when casting off the rhythm section on their dance punk debut, They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument). In the same way that you can’t convince teenagers they’re in a phase when clothes, hair and attitudes drastically amend, the band focuses really hard on whichever stage of the proud evolution they find themselves, using the right tools and behaviors to pass themselves off as legit – and if it’s just an act, Liars is the Daniel Day-Lewis of musicians, as everything they do comes off as passionate and authentic.
Seven albums in with Mess, Liars (just multi-instrumentalist Aaron Hemphill and multi-instrumentalist / singer / producer Angus Andrews on this one, drummer Julian Gross relegated to art-work and design until the tour) is keeping with the “no guitars allowed” aesthetic fostered on the previous record, WIXIW. They’re still nodding to early Pop synthesizer proponents (The Human League, Fad Gadget, A Broken Frame era Depeche Mode), and now mixing in a beefed-up, contemporary EDM blast with the je ne sais quoi that the group infuses into everything it touches.

“Take my pants off,” spoken in a low, manipulated intone, is the first sound we hear on the opener, “Mask Maker.
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With MESS, Liars continue in the electronic vein of WIXIW, but they crank it up with that good old Liars aggro attitude. This makes for a great album that is propulsive without exactly being dance music -- sort of a cross between the Gang of Four and Autechre.

The first half is more up-tempo, while the second half develops a more atmospheric vibe, culminating in the powerful "Left Speaker Blown." While MESS is not quite as clearly political as the band's dark masterpiece Sisterworld, the song "Pro Anti Anti" includes the biting lines: "Make amends to well fed men, they fatten more than they feed," and "They built advanced machines, I'm short a foot or two from proud."

Liars music unerringly conveys the ominous sensation of living in our grossly unequal world, headed at full speed toward ecological devastation. The progressive world view is difficult to detect beneath layers of cynical front, but it shines through again and again to let us know all is not lost.

In answer to a question in the review of an influential website named after the tool of an infamous fallen angel, ("do they make moving, ingratiating music or simply admirable art? Does anything on Mess have the capacity to inspire emotional investment?"), YES, Liars are in fact essential. They have far more to say and say it much more artfully than most of the bands that website tends to promote.
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....for the MESS-ES, ahem. this is an absolutely superb tech house record which sounds that much more phenomenal through headphones if you have them. undoubtedly their best record to date, but buy it at your peril:)
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7th release from this Los Angeles band—“Mess” marks a return to the oversized distortion and
aggressive confrontation of their earlier work. This is electronic beat music that’s up-front and
in-your-face, demented & demanding dance-floor spazz grooves. Although the songs have a
challenging attitude of experimentation, the adept combination of cohesion and chaos, mixed
with dark tribal elements and a fun/creative flow—plus an increased awareness of core melody
lines—gives this “Mess” a new range of accessibility and power. Reminiscent of bands like
F--- Buttons, Lust For Youth, Aphex Twin, Plastikman, Cabaret Voltaire, Boards Of Canada, Autechre.
Yet another surprising cool chapter in the book of Liars.
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I'm loving this LP. Double 180 gram vinyl with the cd version packed in. Beautiful embossed cover and the songs sound great when blasted. Their shift to more electro sounds was a good idea. You won't get bored with this. Also check out their other album wixiw, comes with a cd as well.
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