Published on June 8th, 2012 | by RMX0
A Music Album Review of ‘WIXIW’ by Liars
In the album ‘WIXIW‘ by Liars, we see a band that has turned into their introspective version. It is the 6th studio album that they are presenting. One of the things that we noted in this review was the haunting qualities which perfectly marched the nostalgia and self reflection, hallmarks of their latest album. The theme is fairly obvious but you have to go further in order to understand the real meaning of the music that they are singing.
Six months ago we started hearing about the hype. ‘WIXIW‘ by Liars was going to be the album of the year. At that point we could not review it for obvious reasons but now we have a bit more meat to go with. The title is very appropriate given the fact that the band is obsessed with crude crime that centers on blood. Likewise their Sisterworld obsessions are perfectly complemented by an Amateur Gore tumblr page. We see an abstract of collages in the video as the band practice. These are a bunch of art-school kids having fun with their classes.
This is an old-school album that is focused on nature and musical eclecticism. If you want to capture the melancholy of the album ‘WIXIW‘ by Liars then you need look no further than the closing track ‘Annual Moon Words’ for inspiration. In it they speak of living to die and therefore say goodbye to the world. In this review we liked ‘The Exact Color of Doubt’ which literally tags your conscience. Their lyrics are often incomprehensible and they use lots of watery handclaps. However you get the message with time. The conspiracy theory overtones of the band are brought to the fore with ‘Flood to Flood’ where they advocate an almost isolationist stance.
To some this is going to be a strange album but we know that Liars have always sung about things that we choose to ignore. It is an intimate album that is quite in keeping with the fact that they have been doing this for 6 rounds and are hitting their 30s. Perhaps ‘WIXIW‘ indicates a transition for the Liars. Hopefully they will not lose some of that wackiness that drew us close in the first place.
Although the lyrics and themes are weird, I love the fact that they are still very different from the standard entertainment fodder we have today. If you are one of those rational people then the album ‘WIXIW‘ by Liars might confuse you. It lives in the world of imaginations and elaborate fantasies.