February 27, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

To escape the pigeonholing restraints applied by the hipster community, Brooklyn’s Liars have receded from the arty, groovy headbanger funk of their well-received debut, 2002’s ”They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top.” Here, the trio defiantly cranks out warped hard noise: Angus Andrew’s ritualistic intonations loom over bloodthirsty euphony and deep-sea sonar pulses that resonate to create a disoriented, trancelike feel. Fewer thrills, more chills.

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