Big TV

  • Record Label: Polydor
  • Release Date: Aug 20, 2013
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    There's a sense of make or break here, but it's clear what they deserve. [Sep 2013, p.109]
  2. White Lies have just enough elegance and intrigue beneath the bluster to carry it off.
  3. 80
    Yes, they are working with a previously-explored aesthetic, but they are molding it into a beautifully-original product, per a vision that refuses to forget music’s former greatness.
  4. Aug 12, 2013
    70
    With Big TV, White Lies combine the urgent passions of their debut with the conceptual ambitions of their sophomore effort and by doing so, make the best album of their career.
  5. Aug 7, 2013
    70
    The concept is interesting, it fits well with the sonic ambitions of the band, and for the most part it flows effectively and has good changes of timing and pace.
  6. 70
    Even songs in White Lies' comfort zone--namely the brooding ballad "Change," which wears its Joy Division influences proudly--feels more confident. Only the cringe-inducing "First Time Caller," whose lyrics riff on the tired "first-time caller/long-time listener" radio phrase, truly drags down Big TV. [Sep 2013, p.94]
  7. Aug 7, 2013
    70
    Despite said retro parallel, White Lies do sound like a band firmly in the present, utilising electronic samples with classic valve-driven guitar chords to accompany the trademark baritone of McVeigh.
  8. Aug 28, 2013
    65
    White Lies' third album Big TV is very much business as usual for the London band. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.101]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 28, 2013
    7
    This is a band who will never amaze but satisfy. The only addition to their sound on this album is a synth that is simultaneously more 80s andThis is a band who will never amaze but satisfy. The only addition to their sound on this album is a synth that is simultaneously more 80s and verging on dubstep.And it is only an accent in some songs. Lyrical content remains the same as always. Tempo is the same as always. And it is a pleasing combination as always. Nothing abhorrent, nothing outstanding. Full Review »
  2. Apr 30, 2014
    9
    Great album, a pleasant return to the sound that gave TLML its catchy, dark melodic sound. Far better than 'Ritual' but a notch under theirGreat album, a pleasant return to the sound that gave TLML its catchy, dark melodic sound. Far better than 'Ritual' but a notch under their debut. Top album ! Full Review »
  3. Jan 13, 2014
    10
    Without a doubt, the best rock album of 2013. It's filled with tons of nice laid back sounds and emotional lyrics. White Lies has crafted anWithout a doubt, the best rock album of 2013. It's filled with tons of nice laid back sounds and emotional lyrics. White Lies has crafted an album that is at least as great as their first one. Full Review »