“Sisterworld” – Liars

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If you’ve read any of my reviews, you’ll have probably picked up that I absolutely adore TV on the Radio. Liars is a band that plays a similar style of music, in that it seems to be disjointed and almost lethargic in tempo, Liars’ singer, Angus Andrew, also has a similar voice to Tunde Adebimpe. The similarities stop there though, Liars are weirder and more experimental with their music and are a lot more prone to making music that is incredibly trippy.

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"Sisterworld" - Liars

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To be perfectly honest, I’d never heard a Liars song in my life before listening to this album, so I’m sorry if sound a bit unknowledgeable on the band. For the people like me, who have no idea about the band let me show my very small knowledge that I have acquired about them. Liars are a New York three-piece that formed in 2000, “Sisterworld” will be their 5th album and they have been associated with bands such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol.

“Sisterworld” starts with a haunting vocal that then moves into a violin backed intro into the song ‘Scissor’. It’s a song of energetic and hasty high, and sombre lows. It transitions perfectly into the next track, ‘No Barrier Fun’, another highlight on the album. This is the albums strength, the band’s ability to make songs that link up together in such a weird but wonderful manner is really on show and this makes the album feel like a piece of music, not just a collection of songs, something that I do enjoy in an album.

The album is definitely on the verge of being overly hectic at times (refer to the song, ‘Scarecrows On A Killer Slant’), it does have a touch of restraint. Songs like ‘Too Much, Too Much’ are a lot less energetic, but they are still made to fit in with the overall feel/style of the album. If there’s a criticism that I do have of the album, it’s the decent into fairly generic garage rock on some songs, in particular, ‘I Can Still See An Outside World’, while these songs do have some merit, I don’t think thy deserve to be next to other songs that are brilliant pieces of experimental music. In short, on an album with so much creativity there shouldn’t be any songs that hinder this creative vein that the band has obviously found with this album.

“Sisterworld” is not an album for people who listen to perfect melodies and conventional chord progressions. It pushes the boundaries, although once or twice it probably loses its way, but in the end, “Sisterworld” is one of the best experimental album of the past few years and I for one, really enjoyed it. A point I have to make, is the fact that this is more akin to off-kilter rock, than experimental acts like Animal Collective. Despite this though I would still call the band experimental in nature due to their unconventional song-writing.

I’m going to give it 8/10, it doesn’t do much wrong, but it doesn’t live up to what it could have been. It’s still a seriously good album though, and I do recommend it to anyone who does like experimental forms of music.

Reviewer’s Pick: “Scissor”

Stand-out Tracks: “Scissor”, “No Barrier Fun”, “Goodnight Everything”

Rating: 8/10

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~ by Michael Hodder on April 6, 2010.

2 Responses to ““Sisterworld” – Liars”

  1. Hmm – now there’s some good lyrics: I loved “Scissor”, so dark, so deep, nice baritone-voice happening here.

  2. New Liars single http://wallernotweller.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/review-liars-the-overachievers-mute-7/

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