To Lose My Life - White Lies
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  • Summary: The debut album for the London trio was produced by Ed Buller and Max Dingle.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. For all its glum pronouncements of murder, mortality and loss, it’s an ecstatic listen, ponderous party music.
  2. On the whole, To Lose My Life is a solid debut that will certainly divide opinion, but approach with an open mind and dividends will be reaped en masse.
  3. While that darkness gives the album its semblance of originality, it may prove incompatible with the group's mass-market ambitions.
  4. To Lose My Life is satisfying and consisitent throughout, even if White Lies treads daringly close to one-trick-pony territory. [Spring 2009, p.75]
  5. White Lies' polished synth rock effuses more melodrama than any young group should be allotted.
  6. The feeling remains though that their broad emotional strokes will have to concede something to intimacy and solitude to ever really win hearts.
  7. To Lose My Life is an album made to a predefined plan with skill and no heart.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Apr 30, 2014
    I'm a fan of good music first and foremost. This is without a doubt one of the best albums I've heard from any band. The lyrics, some of the darkest and thought provoking one can find. Music should drive emotion, and this offering sure does - big time ! Brilliant album. Expand
  2. JordanH
    Mar 17, 2009
    Masterpiece from start to finish.
  3. Jan 22, 2011
    Catchier than Interpol, brighter than Joy Division and less serious than Editors
    Amazing album, Death was good song, but I fell in love with
    them since farewell to the fairground
    the only weak song is 50 on our foreheads
    I was waiting for some good new indie band to enter the charts
  4. alexr
    Apr 7, 2009
    A good mix of Editors, Ordinary Boys and The Killers. Obviously not groundbreaking stuff, but it's certainly not a bad album. But certainly not a classic, either. Expand
  5. NickJ
    Apr 16, 2009
    Excellent debut. Perhaps steals sounds from several predecessors; The Killers, Interpol and a whole host of 80's guitar/synth bands (Joy Division anyone?) to mention a few. But it does it whilst producing some great noise. Very good dance music, fun, listenable to and a great sing-a-long for the car, if you don't mind slightly morose lyrics. Expand
  6. ValM
    Apr 14, 2009
    Nice voice. Very sweet arrangements. Rhythm section is perfect. It that kind of music when after listening you wanna create songs yourself. Despite some dark lyrics it makes living more enjoyable. Expand
  7. PetarS
    Mar 18, 2009
    Extremely boring and uneventful.

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