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WIXIW

Liars

WIXIW

Album number six from the Brooklyn-based experimental art rock / noise-rock trio

ADM rating[?]

8.2

Label
Mute
UK Release date
04/06/2012
US Release date
05/06/2012
  1. 10.0 |   Art Rocker

    'WIXIW's textural landscapes are merely the wrapping paper for a transgressive and varied album that offers dance highs as well as underwater existentialism
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  2. 9.5 |   The Quietus

    Thanks to their new found lightness, taking the foot off the Butthole Surfers-inspired lunacy pedal and allowing in these new electronic voices, alongside their most personal lyrics to date, their entire body of work acquires new shades and hues, heart and soul
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  3. 9.5 |   BBC

    WIXIW is an unqualified success and, now that LCD are no longer with us, its makers are truly are in a field of their own
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  4. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    An uneasy pop sensibility makes the album appear relatively straightforward—at least by Liars standards — on first listen. But WIXIW eventually opens to reveal cunning depths
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  5. 9.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    An album that glistens and gleams, thrumming with life despite a massive dose of tension
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  6. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A blinding record from a band who surprise so often it’s pretty much unsurprising. Gaze upon it in a state of slack-jawed awe
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  7. 9.0 |   music OMH

    A wonder of an album of endless layers and contrasts to get caught up and lost in. It's not always a pleasant listen, but it is without doubt one of the most rewarding you're likely to hear this year
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  8. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It is a refreshing, sublime, and exciting work of art
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  9. 9.0 |   The Fly

    Dizzying, discordant and heavily rhythmic, as Andrew, Hemphill and Gross weave found sounds, freaky fragments of melancholy off-kilter melody, spiralling keyboard motifs, flurries of strings and distorted vocals and riffs through electronics that crunch and crack like shattered glass
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  10. 9.0 |   Bowlegs

    Liars obviously knew where they wanted to go with this record, and have delivered something unashamedly pleasing and clever. Is it groundbreaking? It’s hard to tell with such dense music that relies a lot on subtlety, but it’s up there with their best
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  11. 8.5 |   hhv.de mag

    Liars have yet again managed to surprise themselves and their listeners while remaining true to themselves
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  12. 8.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    Simply a Liars album that exceeds expectations and throws a sonic left curve that not only impresses, but reminds us how talented this band is
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  13. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    This may be Liars most accessible album but that does not entail that it is any less confounding than the rest of their work
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  14. 8.0 |   Pop Matters

    Liars take their music seriously as an art, taking their ideas to the limit, and it’s commendable. When you listen to their album, you know that you are in good hands, reaping the benefit of hard work and excitement
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  15. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Liars continue to stay delightfully fresh and impressively relevant through every careful reinvention
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  16. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    It could take a good few listens to click but this slow burner yields rich rewards
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  17. 8.0 |   Clash

    Liars are one of the most consistently inventive bands on the planet right now. This is their most mysterious and rewarding album yet
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  18. 8.0 |   NME

    They're masters of mood here, and every moment of loveliness is met with one of insecurity
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  19. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    The one thread that connects Liars records (and which is also present here), is a percussive centre and an almost pagan sense of abandon. Some great left-field pop songs emerge as a result
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  20. 8.0 |   Spin

    On WIXIW, everything is in its right place
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  21. 8.0 |   DIY

    A headphones record that is at once both their most accessible and their most challenging, revealing new layers after every listen. Unpredictable, in the very best way
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  22. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Complex and affecting, and of beguiling substance. Print edition only

  23. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    They continue to manufacture a stylish brand of unease, coming up with subtle variations on their formula that assure that each album is an entirely new venture, leaving WIXIW pulsing with strange, inimitable energy
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  24. 8.0 |   All Music

    While WIXIW might be a shade less ambitious than some of their previous albums, it's still fascinating to hear Liars wield beauty and delicacy just as formidably as they've used force and noise in the past
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  25. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    What we end up with is another very good album from a band that consistently turns out good work while charting its own path. Fascinating turns of change have always been Liars' sole consistency, and in that respect, I hope they stay the same forever
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  26. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Cements Liars as the kind of band that can do whatever they want, and it’s always going to be worth paying attention to
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  27. 7.5 |   Prefix

    The amount of enjoyment you'll take from WIXIW will depend on how much you enjoy dwelling in the steady drone of discomfort and misery
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  28. 7.0 |   Blurt

    The sixth full-length continues progress towards a chilled, incantatory electronic sound that has been in motion since Drum's Not Dead
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  29. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Has an atmospheric, immersive quality that puts one in mind of Kid A's soporific drift. Print edition only

  30. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Preening or perplexing, Liars are still one of the bravest bands around
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  31. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Liars build a haunted palace of smeared synths and dysfunctional drum machines around Angus Andrew's echo-cloaked incantations
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  32. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    It’s a good album, revelatory in that Liars can carry their sound into different realms of possibility, a translation carried out by different instruments
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  33. 6.0 |   Q

    For a record that strives to sound disembodied, it has a powerful grip. Print edition only

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