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Liars Academy
Equal Vision Records

I'm sorry, but there are just some people in this world that can do no wrong by me. One of those individuals is J. Robbins of Jawbox/Burning Airlines fame. He has such a distinctive style that I love, and it is readily apparent in almost everything he touches. So when I popped in Liars Academy for a first listen I thought I heard something familiar. As producer, he brings that deft edge and changing style that is so cool and seemingly effortless, and Liars Academy completely benefits from his guidance.

Broken into pieces, there is nothing inherently blatant - but it is the mixture of all of the parts that is the key to their sound. Right from song one the drums ebb and flow, allowing vocals to supplant here, guitar to pull focus there, but always coming back to drive the points home; like in "Action Adventure" with beautiful use of cymbals to emphasize changes. Guitar effects are well wrought, changing appropriately within each song to vary the mood, and across the album so that the sound is never monotonous. Vocals are perfect as they balance light elements in "Ghosts of Baltimore" to more edgy stylings in "Microtron", serving the best panache' in all cases.

The changes prove to be the most alluring feature of this album, taking moderate songs and adding interesting and insightful momentum to the record. Every song could be used as example to illustrate this point as the steady mainlines alternate to create the best jump in mood.

Needless to say, this is just a plain rock solid album that didn't disappoint me. So if you are a fan of that sound as much as I am, this record will help you scratch that itch.


Track listing:

1) Microtron
2) Dying As Fast As I Can
3) Action Adventure
4) Ghosts of Baltimore
5) The Accountant
6) Breathing
7) Saturday Night
8) Demon
9) People are Games
10) Come on Danger
11) More Than Ready
12) Washing Machine

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