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Comparisons to Echo & The Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes are inevitable, due to White Lies' cavernous reverb, heavily emphasized keyboards, and a somber longing that takes romantic troubles to the existential edge. Certainly, those who grew up immersing themselves in the early-'80s goth scene will find a sense of comfort in these familiar scenes. Yet anyone could enjoy the sublime melodies that hold these songs together. The mesmerizing first single, "There Goes Our Love Again," is too beautiful to lose, and "First Time Caller," which follows after an appropriate instrumental breather ("Space I"), furthers the reasons for taking this London trio seriously, no matter how carefully they've studied the early '80s. Songs such as "Mother Tongue," "Getting Even," and "Be Your Man" show an awareness of the pitfalls in this approach and deliberately seek to be as accessible as they are potentially dark. "Change" is where White Lies slow down for a ballad that seeks to drain every tearduct. The deluxe edition adds seven demos that display the group's talents with less reverb and more band interplay. 

Customer Reviews

White Lies (Big TV)

always loved this band and they continue to impress me with what we have gotten so far from this album! can't wait to hear the rest of it and highly recommend everyone take advantage of the pre-order because you will not be disappointed!

White lies

This is brilliant! Can't wait for the full album!

First song

Haven't lost their sound!


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 group...
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