Liars
Sisterworld


4.5
superb

Review

by Cam EMERITUS
March 11th, 2010 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Liars form their numerous sounds like Voltron, and, in the meantime, create their best album yet.

To be quite honest, Liars, as far as their music goes, are a scary fucking band, and I'm talking about more than just indie rock here too: anyone who's ever heard Drum's Not Dead, which is the soundtrack of the worst trip you've ever had, or They Were Wrong, So We Drowned, can almost certainly back me up on this. Despite probably just being a bunch of pasty white dudes like me, Liars used to sound unfuckwithable. Keyword(s): used (to). Nowadays, Liars are almost accessible: what was once an abnormality is becoming, with every new record, almost approachable. And Sisterworld is the most so of any Liars full-length to date.

Barring their dance-rockish debut (let's just forget about that one, or chalk it up as a misguided oddity), Sisterworld is basically an amalgamation of everything that makes Liars so damn good, whittled down into one clean package. There's the frightening and damaged lyricism and distortion-laden production of They Were Wrong in "Scarecrows on a Killer Slant", the lulling near-ambience of Drum's Not Dead in "Too Much, Too Much", the neurotic hooks of their self-titled in "Here Comes All the People"; the whole gang's more or less here. But Sisterworld isn't only a sampling: "Scissor", which is merely the opener, models Liars's newfound inspiration, mixing left-field influences (such as some truly random shit like Nick Cave) with the band's core sound, impressively crafting something unheard of.

As a full listen, Sisterworld is almost unbearably anxious and high-strung. Mid-tempo songs like "No Barrier Fun" and "Drip" combine skittish rhythms with pulsating instrumentation and melodies that drip like molasses; the effect is equally breathtaking and nerve-racking. This tension is relieved, if only slightly, on songs like "Scarecrows on a Killer Slant" and "The Overachievers", which display a newfound desire of the band: to rock. Hard. The former is, quite simply, one of the best songs I've personally heard in a while: it combines sneering vocals with sharply ironic and gleefully violent lyrics; lying not far underneath is a pulsating, terrifying rhythm that drives the whole thing just this close to total chaos.

As tense as Sisterworld is, it's not overly oppressive or exacting - just enough to derive some masochistic pleasure. And what makes it so listenable, ultimately, is that the whole thing is actually quite catchy, although mostly subtly. Songs like "Drop Dead" and "Here Comes All the People" rely on oscillating, Krautrock-like grooves to propel them forward. Others, such as "Goodnight Everything" and the blackly humorous (due to some slight riffs on hippie idealism) "Too Much, Too Much", are more droning in nature; vocalist Angus Andrew is the mere driving force, utilizing his low murmur to full effect.

Conclusively, Sisterworld presents a band fine-tuning its numerous offerings into one sleek, contoured assortment, without losing track of what made them so good in the first place, which is pretty much exactly what everyone (who cared) was hoping for with this. The only qualm this album could even present is where could Liars possibly go after such a opus; but let's worry about that another time. For now, just close your mind off, and let's drift away into Sisterworld.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
joshuatree
Emeritus
March 11th 2010


3742 Comments


like i was going to let ryan flatley stop me from reviewing a new liars album

aka everyone get this now!

NortherlyNanook
March 11th 2010


1285 Comments


there we go that rating is more my style

AggravatedYeti
March 11th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

equating the Liars sound to Voltron...

niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice

pixiesfanyo
March 12th 2010


1223 Comments


more like to Wu-Tang.

agree with this rating more. probably a solid 4 to me though as Drum's Not Dead is their best.

Jemidu06
March 12th 2010


115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'drip' sucks, but for the most part every other song here is good to great, my favorites being 'scarecrow on a killer slant' and 'here comes all the people'

plane
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2010


6100 Comments


agree with this rating more. probably a solid 4 to me though as Drum's Not Dead is their best.

123. Great work here Cam, I love reading your stuff.

robin
Emeritus
March 12th 2010


4261 Comments


whyd you shoot the man with the GOON

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 12th 2010


3742 Comments


and i KILL EM ALL

and ty for the kind words lew

AggravatedYeti
March 13th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is stupid good.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2010


17945 Comments


like me you love commas

natey
March 18th 2010


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

people used to make fun of me on another forum because I abused commas so I stopped using them and i don't get made fun of as much anymore i just stick to run on sentences most of the time

does this album channel the awesomeness of "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack"? That's the only Liars thing that has sufficiently struck me.

Yotimi
March 18th 2010


6571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just check out "No Barrier Fun" and "Scarecrows on a Killer Slant" Natey.

plane
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2010


6100 Comments


Review convinced me to buy physical copy and it sounds so much better. My copy was fucking shitty and now this is opening up wonderfully. "Proud Evolution" is the jam.

sadderdays
March 29th 2010


30 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow, i really like this one

Meatplow
March 30th 2010


5524 Comments


digging this quite a bit

shindip
April 24th 2010


3536 Comments


just got this. tis quite awesome, at least a 4 right nnow

Enotron
May 29th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This album is ridiculously weird. No doubt I'll find myself falling in love with this.

AggravatedYeti
May 29th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh you will.

natey
June 4th 2010


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I Can Still See An Outside World


you should be carefl

NaomiNeu
August 17th 2010


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So, so good...I admit I was really freaked about how it was gonna come out, a lot of people haven't liked the last two albums and I thought they were good but not a patch on Drum's Not Dead...this here review for Sisterworld is exactly bang-on how I feel. I've been listening for months now and still don't feel like I've reaching that peak where the songs lose their shine. No Barrier Fun, Scarecrow... and The Overachievers are topping at the mo but they're frankly all deadly.



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