Mess - MUTE
FILTER Grade: 82%
By Marty Sartini Garner on March 25, 2014
￼After 13 years and six increasingly dissimilar records, the most surprising thing Liars could possibly do would be to repeat themselves. And so they have. Mess, their seventh, unfolds within the same inky-black cyberpunk world the now-LA- based trio forged with 2012’s WIXIW; synths moan and shudder in agony, fake hands clap in perfect time, shrill organs sit down at the top of the mix and drip into the album’s gears, and it’s all tempered by the same ambiguously aimed menace that has become the group’s defining aesthetic mood. But where WIXIW was the intricately ordered product of a hundred thousand small decisions, Mess is a sloppy, outward-turned—and, it has to be said,...