Label: Mute Release date: 08/03/10 Website: Myspace You’ve all absorbed the various hype about Sisterworld by now, and many of you may even own it. I like Liars, and on hearing they had a new album on the way, I was certainly curious to hear the results. The thing is, now I’ve heard it several times, I’m not sure I get it. The fulsome praise that’s been stacked upon this record had me believing Sisterworld was to be a landmark opus, but I’m not convinced. One of this record’s biggest problems is, for an act that are praised as arch-experimentalists of modern indie, I fail to hear anything that is genuinely progressive, let alone emotionally or intellectually engaging. Having said that, it is incredibly difficult to place any specific influences or comparisons to other artists on it, and it also certainly creates a mood, a woozy uneasiness, and for that it certainly should be praised. If Liars have attempted to create a sense of unearthliness, an alternative reality, they’ve certainly managed to produce an approximates sonic representation of it. But maybe I’m being a little harsh. if I heard this in a record shop, with no idea what it was, I’d almost certainly ask what was playing. And then I’d buy it. Such a well-planned, dare I say over-the-top, media assault in preparation for the album’s arrival could only lead to eventual disappointment in some quarters. To fans, dilettantes, and sceptics alike - if you think Sisterworld is (as we’ve been led to believe) 2010’s answer to Kid A, you’ll be disappointed. Go in with zero expectation however and you’ll certainly enjoy this record, and maybe even be as bowled-over by it as numerous critics would have you believe you will be. I suppose, from this writer’s perspective, Sisterworld is a cautionary tale - I did what I (and, indeed, nobody) should never, ever do - I bought into the hype. If you can avoid that, or take a step back from it, you may very well find a great record here. Unfortunately, for me, this record leaves me cold and a little bit bored. Photobucket