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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. 

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Cannot wait to hear this album in full! The epitome of beautiful Englishman vocals. Definitely recommend!

Always good

If you've just listened to a Morrissey marathon and you're feeling optimistic about the world, list to White Lies. They will bring you back to that dark place you were looking for. In today's environment of music, very few bands can evoke real emotion any more. White Lies can and do. After being introduced to them by my Merceyside friend Tez, I've regarded them as one of my favorite things to listen to. Buying their music is money well spent, something I cannot often say with a straight face.


"Getting Even" convinced me that this album will be more like their first album. Could forget about the second on, but I'm amped for BIG TV.


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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