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To Lose My Life

White Lies

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Customer Reviews

Nicely done

This is pretty good.  Everything old is new again.  Having grown up in the '80s, this was sounding pretty familiar to me, but not in a negative way.  If you're interested, you can easily find reviews (positive, so-so or negative) of this album elsewhere, which compare White Lies to Joy Division, Echo And The Bunnymen, OMD, Tears for Fears, Ultravox, Depeche Mode (among others) from the past; and The Killers, Interpol, and Editors from the present. They say: it's been done, it's very familiar, do we need to hear this again? Let's see: it's true the lyrics are very dark, concentrating on fear, emptiness, sadness, dreams, death, tears, angst, grief, blood, and so forth:  rather doom and gloom stuff...but we all know that the music that strikes you most is not necessarily the stuff that's 'shiny-happy-people' like, right? While acknowledging the sombre content, the music is actually uptempo and aiming for that sweeping, rock volume...so, the music itself is not aiming to bring you down.  They've worked with an orchestra and there are some really great orchestral elements at work in most songs, and all of those are definitely great.  The rest of the music is rather polished and sounding really good, and probably better produced than the '80s stuff to which it's being compared.  The songs are of the storytelling kind, so there's some decent substance and not just a bunch of repeated verses and rhyming words.  As for lead singer Harry McVeigh's vocals (being compared to various singers past and present): well, his voice is his voice. He's not trying to sound like anyone else, even if he does. He's got quite the pipes: very impressive.   Even if it has been similarly done, is it relevant? Sure it is: all of those bands of the past are no longer in the spotlight/current, and aren't likely to capture the attention of today's audience/listeners.  While those bands may (or may not) still have relevance in music,  they're not going to appeal to current listeners unless someone introduces them to that similar sound/inspiration, and they then want to check it out...but maybe they don't even care to.  And that's OK.  I personally haven't revisited '80s music, and don't plan to.  This hasn't blown my mind or anything, but it will get some spins once in a while.  As White Lies' first full length album: good for them, they should be proud.  Will they have longevity? Only time will tell. Favourite tracks:  Fifty On Our Foreheads (superb), E.S.T., From The Stars, Farewell To The Fairground.

A New Old Sound

If the Killers took a time machine back to the beginning of the 80's and hooked up with Joy Division, then this would be it. I'm an "80s" kid. Joy Division/New Order, the Cure, the Damned, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc... . It is all here, but having said this, White Lies is a fresh young band with a lot of promise. I feel lucky being on the their wave at this point.

Biggest Surprise of 2009

Wow, picked up the free track a couple of weeks ago, and was pleasently surprised. Saw the album gave it quick listen, bought it instantly. If your looking for something new, this is the one for you.

Biography

Formed: 2004 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A dark-edged trio hailing from London, White Lies take sonic cues from the likes of Joy Division, the Teardrop Explodes, and Echo & the Bunnymen. Indeed, the three musicians are so committed to the U.K.'s post-punk scene that they signed with Fiction Records, a Polydor imprint best known for its '80s releases by the Cure and the Associates. While attending school in West London, singer/guitarist Harry McVeigh, bassist/lyricist Charles Cave, and drummer/keyboardist Jack Lawrence-Brown formed the...
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