They Were Wrong, So We Drowned

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They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
Studio album by Liars
Released February 24, 2004
Recorded May 2003
Genre Noise rock
Experimental rock
No wave
Length 40:42
Label Mute Records
Producer David Sitek with Liars
Liars chronology
Fins to Make Us More Fish-Like
They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
Drum's Not Dead
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
NME (6/10)[2]
Pitchfork Media (6.3/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[4]
Spin 0/5 stars[5]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[6]

They Were Wrong, So We Drowned is the second album released by noise rock band Liars, released in 2004.

The album takes the form of a very loose concept album concerning witchcraft upon The Brocken (a mountain) during Walpurgis Night, and tales of witch trials in the area around the Harz Mountains in Germany. The recording coincided with the band's relocation from Williamsburg, Brooklyn to the woods of rural New Jersey, which also inspired the initial direction of the album.

The focus upon the Brocken legends came when one of the band members mistakenly entered "Brocken Witch" into a search engine while researching the song "Broken Witch".

The album received extremely mixed 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.[citation needed]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Broken Witch" – 6:10
  2. "Steam Rose from the Lifeless Cloak" – 2:49
  3. "There's Always Room on the Broom" – 3:05
  4. "If You're a Wizard Then Why Do You Wear Glasses?" – 2:11
  5. "We Fenced Other Gardens with the Bones of Our Own" – 5:28
  6. "They Don't Want Your Corn, They Want Your Kids" – 2:38
  7. "Read the Book That Wrote Itself" – 3:09
  8. "Hold Hands and It Will Happen Anyway" – 4:51
  9. "They Took 14 for the Rest of Our Lives" – 4:09
  10. "Flow My Tears the Spider Said" – 6:12

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ NME review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived June 30, 2008)
  5. ^ "They Were Wrong, So We Drowned reviews at". Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
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