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Studio album by Liars
Released June 4, 2012 (2012-06-04)
Recorded 2011-2012
Genre Experimental rock, electronica
Length 43:04
Label Mute
Producer Daniel Miller[1]
Liars chronology
Singles from WIXIW
  1. "No. 1 Against the Rush"
    Released: 28 May 2012
  2. "Brats"
    Released: 15 October 2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Consequence of Sound 4.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned In Sound (9/10)[5]
NME (8/10)[6]
Pitchfork Media (7.8/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[9]

WIXIW (pronounced "wish you")[5] is the sixth studio album by experimental rock trio Liars,[10] released on June 4, 2012.[11] It was written in Los Angeles and in a remote cabin in the mountains around the city.[7][11] Recording took place in Liars’ private studio below U.S. Highway 101 in Los Angeles[7] under the guidance of the band’s label boss, Daniel Miller.[1] Writing for The Quietus, Luke Turner described WIXIW as the band's "most accessible album to date" as well as their most electronic record ever.[1] In a review for BBC Music, John Doran called the album an "unqualified success" and suggested Liars' newfound kinship with Aphex Twin and Radiohead circa 1999 established them in a field all their own,[12] while Turner referred to the song Brats as a "juddering drunk punk masterpiece."[1] Journalist Emily Mackay of the NME likened the palindromatic album title to the band pursuing a new creative approach to reconnect with their multi-faceted essential nature.[6] Reflecting on WIXIW's themes of longing and doubt, Angus Andrew said "You find that throughout the record, even within single songs, there's this duality of wanting to be close to someone but at the same time being afraid of that and thinking it's best that they leave."[13]

The video for "Brats" was shown on Adult Swim's series Off the Air in the episode "Nature".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Angus Andrew, all music composed by Liars.

No. Title Length
1. "The Exact Color of Doubt"   4:07
2. "Octagon"   4:38
3. "No.1 Against the Rush"   5:10
4. "A Ring on Every Finger"   3:18
5. "Ill Valley Prodigies"   2:03
6. "WIXIW"   6:12
7. "His and Mine Sensations"   4:40
8. "Flood to Flood"   3:30
9. "Who Is the Hunter"   3:47
10. "Brats"   3:02
11. "Annual Moon Words"   2:37

Critical Reception[edit]

WIXIW was well received by music critics, and garnered a score of 81 on the review site metacritic, indicating, "universal acclaim."


  1. ^ a b c d Turner, Luke (30 May 2012). "Reviews. Liars. WIXIW.". The Quietus. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/wixiw/liars
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. WIXIW - Liars at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  4. ^ Kivel, Adam (4 June 2012). "Album Review: Liars – WIXIW". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Moores, J. R. (30 May 2012). "Liars - WIXIW". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Mackay, Emily (1 June 2012). "Liars - 'WIXIW'". NME. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Fitzmaurice, Larry (4 June 2012). "Liars - WIXIW". Album Reviews. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (18 June 2012). "Album Reviews: Liars – WIXIW". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Birkut (June 2012). "Music Review: Liars – WIXIW". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (2 April 2012). "The New Liars Album Gets a Title: WIXIW". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 28 May 2012.
  11. ^ a b Goble, Corban (14 May 2012). "Liars Explain WIXIW In This Short Film". Stereogum. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Doran, John (June 6, 2012). "Liars WIXIW Review". BBC Music. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ Turner, Luke (May 14, 2012). "The Power Of Doubt: Liars' Guide To New LP WIXIW". The Quietus. Retrieved June 24, 2012.