Refusing to be pinned down, Liars  pull yet another stylistic fast-one on fans with their fifth studio release, "Sisterworld." The oddball trio's new set is edgy and experimental, containing lurid imagery and bold use of dissonance. "No Barrier Fun" colors a multilayered groove with melancholic strings and a dreamlike xylophone chime, with lyrics that express feelings of isolation and a longing to escape life underground ("I wanna make it up/I wanna make my skin adapt to the sun"). Album opener "Scissors" takes a softer approach with lofty falsetto harmonies, while the angsty "Scarecrows on a Killer Slant" summons a psych-surf grunge sound that complements a theme of man's lack of compassion ("Why'd you pass the bum on the street?/" 'Cause he bothered you"). Through the dark allegory and haunting imagery on "Sisterworld," Liars connect themes of violence, desperation and detachment to the loss of individual identity in the real world.
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