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To Lose My Life

Released on 19 January 2009

Artist: White Lies

4.0 out of 5 (49 customer reviews) | Write a review

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  1. Death
  2. To Lose My Life
  3. A Place To Hide
  4. Fifty On Our Foreheads
  5. Unfinished Business
  6. E.S.T
  7. From The Stars
  8. Farewell To The Fairground
  9. Nothing To Give
  10. The Price Of Love

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Drawing comparisons to Joy Division and Interpol, hotly tipped newcomers White Lies present their highly anticipated album, To Lose My Life. Flirting with death from the off, this doom-laden debut is set to release these boys from the crypt and send them straight to the top of the charts.

Formerly delivering catchy electro nuggets under the pseudonym Fear Of Flying, White Lies changed their name and put their indie dance style to rest in late 2007 to concentrate on darker material. Taking inspiration from '80s visionaries such as Tears For Fears and Echo & The Bunnymen, White Lies' have developed a sound that cunningly combines organic punk elements with reverberating synths and tender yet morose lyricism. Now, as they release their debut album, the angst-driven band confirm that their change of tact was a dead clever move. Opening with last year's erupting indie anthem, 'Death', To Lose My Life takes the gloomy subject matter of mortality and runs with it until the dying end. Mixing pounding basslines with reverb-drenched riffs and the escalating baritone vocals of Harry McVeigh, the album delivers expansive and unashamedly alternative tunes that are built to fill stadiums. As they layer tone and tension on every track, White Lies create a striking and attention-grabbing atmosphere with astute patience. Constructing crisp percussion over heroic guitar chords, gradually and effectively, the anthems of the sinister, 'Unfinished Business', and rousing, 'E.S.T.', prowl and swell before catapulting colossal choruses and crashing crescendos.

Audacious in their approach, White Lies have successfully taken their macabre lyrics and backed them with epic climaxes that flourish within shining synths and clever chords. Generating a bright sense of hope, despite its dark subject matter, To Lose My Life is a melodic musical euphoria that should see its creators reach the same level of notoriety as their heroic post-punk predecessors.

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 Average rating (49 reviews)

 I've Lost My Life to White Lies!

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This album is one of the best debuts i have bought so far this year! All songs are well written, powerful and have a hidden meaning. My stand out tracks are Death, To Lose My Life, From the Stars and The Price of Love. Farewell to the Fairground seems like another band's song, i dont kno why :L definately recommended!

 EXCELLENCE

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A truly superb album, i even detect a bit of 'the teardrop explodes '& 'killing joke' in their sound, excellent production adds to the song's powerfulness. This is a must buy album, & a 'must play loud. One.

 one word WOW!!!!!!!

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cant stop listening to this album, one of the best i have ever heard, they are going to be the biggest band in the world soon. cant wait to see them in glasgow on the 4th of may.

 These are not lies

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Two words: absolutely superb! It's having the same effect Editors' The Back Room had when it first came out. It also reminds me of a great (unknown) Swedish band called The Mary Onettes. It's very new wave, you should give it a listen if you are into bands like E&TB, Cure, New Order, Joy Division.

 I won't lie to you (ah hah...)

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I do actually have a serious point to this review (though my terrible attempt at a pun might have put you off), and that is that I find people in general are very difficult to please.
The same band that can be branded an exemplary indie-rock sound, can also be scolded for its lack of originality. Alas, not every band that comes along can be ground breaking. White Lies, whilst they may smack strongly of the likes of Joy Division, Interpol, Editors and so on, nevertheless have put their own unique spin on this branch of darker post-punk scene music.
I'd say the closest comparrison I've heard is that they sound similar to the early Editors albums; both with strong barritone led vocals, earworm guitar riffs, angsty laden melacholic lyrics. The comparrison is a good one, and entirely complementary. I also love the heavy base-led melody to most of the songs, makes the album very satisfying to play at high volume with a good set of speakers built to cope with a pounding bass guitar!
The album itself, I must say, pleasantly suprised me. I had heard the singles, and loved them. Bought the album on a whim, but I confess with little hope. I figured they'd fall into the pit fall like so many over-hyped indie rock bands, great singles but not enough to say to fill an album! However this is not the case, these boys have plenty to say, often in a suprisingly dark way! And the album is not lacking in content; along with the singles, my favourite tracks are "Place To Hide", "EST" with it's fabulous 80s nostalgia, and "Fifty on our Foreheads". But by far the strongest songs of the album have already been released as singles, and make for spectacularly catchy, sing-along-at-the-top-of-your-voice listening!

I personally give the album 4/5, simply based on the number of songs I can listen to without skipping, and despite the good number of high points, some songs (in particular my least favourite "Nothing to Give") seem to lose their way a bit and lose momentum. Nevertheless, an ear-catching debut, and certaintly worth a listen if you want to explore the darker side of indie a bit more!

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