Tuesday, October 27, 2009

993. Liars - They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (2004)

Track Listing

1. Broken Witch
2. Steam Rose From The Lifeless Cloak
3. There's Always Room On The Broom
4. If You're A Wizard Then Why Do You Wear Glasses?
5. We Fenced Other Houses With The Bones Of Our Own
6. They Don't Want Your Corn, They Want Your Kids
7. Read The Book That Wrote Itself
8. Hold Hands And It Will Happen Anyway
9. They Took 14 For The Rest Of Our Lives
10. Flow My Tears The Spider Said


All the cool kids seem to be coming from Brooklyn lately, and the Liars certainly are cool kids. Scary cool kids, but cool nonetheless, this album is just something to cherish for the simple fact that it jars so completely with most that is being done at this time.

This is an album about fear, based on the stories about Walpurgisnacht it alternately tells the stories from two points of view albeit with a clear partiality towards the witches. And it works in a lovely way.

The fact that it is based on a German story gives the album's influences a whole different dimension, with stuff like Can and Einstruzende Neubauten being completely recognisable here, but used in a way that still makes this album sound new. Not an easy listen but a very rewarding one.

Track Highlights

1. There's Always Room On The Broom
2. Broken Witch
3. If You're A Wizard Then Why Do You Wear Glasses?
4. Flow My Tears The Spider Said

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Stylistically, the album lies between the "difficult" post-punk of They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top and the ethereal neo-no-wave of Drum's Not Dead. The album received largely negative reviews and sold poorly compared to their debut. However, after the following album, Drum's Not Dead, was released, this album received more attention and the opinion turned more positive.

There's Always Room On The Broom:

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