Big TV - White Lies
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  • Summary: The changing dynamics of the relationship between a small town couple when they move to the big city is the concept behind the third full-length release for the British rock band led by Harry McVeigh.
  • Record Label: Polydor
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Aug 8, 2013
    60
    As in the work of Simon Le Bon and Jim Kerr, an amalgam of which singer Harry McVeigh theatrically channels, dumb lyrics can be mitigated by robust anthems.
  5. Aug 13, 2013
    60
    Production detail aside, their is little tinkering with their formula. [Sep 2013, p.91]
  6. Aug 12, 2013
    60
    For all their melodic nous, though, White Lies often sounded like the barely-not-teenagers they were; fixating on the downside, inflating everything out of all proportion.
  7. Aug 7, 2013
    40
    Portentous electronic rock made for audiences that stretch out as far as the eye can see, and choruses pilfered from a mid-'80s installment of Now That's What I Call Music! [Sep 2013, p.97]

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Score distribution:
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  1. 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 an album that is at least as great as their first one. Expand
  2. Aug 20, 2013
    9
    A very good album, this has got to be White Lies at their best, some not so good songs but overall a decent album, there are some brilliant songs such as Big TV, There Goes Our Love Again, and Goldmine are particular favourites. This album for me is the best from White Lies to date. Expand
  3. Aug 21, 2013
    9
    White Lies best Album so far. Same rock/electronic style and deep robust singing( but a little more upbeat). Love every song especially Be your Man, There goes our love again, and First Time Caller. Expand
  4. Aug 28, 2013
    9
    Great album. I think they have managed a more uplifting sound but still with their sinister tinge. If I ever want to introduce a friend to White Lies, this album seems the most welcoming. Though their sound has never taken any drastic turns with the last two albums, White Lies continues to deliver what no band can all while adding more depth and grandeur. Expand
  5. 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 their debut. Top album ! Expand
  6. 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 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. Collapse