...and that is that this album is simply a 'good' album. nothing more than that. there was alot of hype behind White Lies well before this album came out, and at the time while there was some potential, i dont feel that this translated to actual substance.
this album definately has its moments. opener Death marries soaring synths to a driving bassline and the same pop hooks that made the likes of the Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode so big. the titled track and recent single is a brilliant slap of synth-rock with the arresting chorus of 'lets grow old together/and die at the same time' which mixes Morrissey-esque melodrama with something quite darkly moving.
A Place To Hide however, is mediocre while Unfinished Business and From The Stars follow a similar mould. Fifty On Our Foreheads is halfway to being a great song, but is let down by vocals that dont seem to fit into the song. maybe that's the point, but it sounds disjointed in a very unappealing way. the lyrics arent particularly good either.
elsewhere in the album EST and Farewell To The Fairground are truly brilliant tracks, mixing stronger lyrics to the same dark pop energy that drove The Cure in the mid-late 80's. the final two tracks however, are pretty weak. Nothing To Hide's vocals are hideously reminiscent of Brandon Flowers (The Killers) while The Price of Love is simply bland in my opinion.
overall, there are glimpses of brilliance, but the album is far from consistent when it comes to quality. To Lose My Life is a reasonable effort and White Lies have potential to be great, but for the moment neither album nor band live up to all the hype just yet.