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Articles by Dugan Hayes

February 22, 2008
I don’t think anyone will ever understand Liars. I was fairly certain that I had a decent grasp on them for a while, but all that was blown to pieces this past summer when they released their self-titled fourth album. To call that album a disappointment would be generous; to call it a disaster might be more appropriate. Their 2006 album Drum’s Not Dead was by far my favorite record of the year, combining droning guitar anti-melodies, terrifying lyrics, and ­— most importantly — unrelenting, pounding drums layered upon more and more drums to yield one of the heaviest records I had ever heard. Most of the tracks eschew traditional rock song structures in favor of a more stream-of-consciousness approach that is just as unsettling as the music. And so when Liars came at me with a bunch of mediocre three-chord pop songs, I almost had to cry.
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