To Lose My Life - White Lies
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. If you liked the new Oasis and U2 records, never bought "Turn on the Bright Lights," and tend to ignore clumsy lyrics, you might enjoy raising your beer to this album just fine.
  2. 60
    Still mourning the loss of The Bravery? Look no further. [Feb 2009, p.85]
  3. This could have all ended in Tears For Fears, but their winning seriousness is matched by a penchant for a grandiose but hummable melody. [Feb 2009, p.119]
  4. 60
    White Lies naivety is emphatically brokered by their songs ability to rouse and inspire. [Feb 2009, p.109]
  5. White Lies' polished synth rock effuses more melodrama than any young group should be allotted.
  6. For all its glum pronouncements of murder, mortality and loss, it’s an ecstatic listen, ponderous party music.
  7. 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]
  8. To Lose My Life is an album made to a predefined plan with skill and no heart.
  9. 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.
  10. 50
    Their debut begins with a rousing arena-rock anthem called 'Death' and then delivers detached variations on the same subject for the next nine tracks with a professionalism that's simultaneously compelling and creepy.
  11. The results are oddly compelling, if only for the ridiculous way in which their lyrics handle fear, death and despair.
  12. There's a slickness to the sound as well-not to mention a pop sensibility, which could combine to give the band a shot in the Anglophobic US market. [May 2009, p.122]
  13. Songs like 'Death' and 'Nothing To Give' are strident due to big production and well-placed hooks. But commercially geared goth is so much more hideous than the real thing because it wants to be palatable and accepted.
  14. 50
    On their debut, this trio of fashionably dour West London lads crafts wildly overwrought goth-pop weepers with choruses that would make excellent Robert Smith High School yearbook inscriptions.
  15. It's not quite bad enough to be dubbed an honest failure, but it's flaws are too debilitating for me to recommend blowing a tenner on a copy.
  16. The feeling remains though that their broad emotional strokes will have to concede something to intimacy and solitude to ever really win hearts.
  17. While that darkness gives the album its semblance of originality, it may prove incompatible with the group's mass-market ambitions.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Apr 30, 2014
    10
    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 theI'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. Full Review »
  2. Jun 25, 2013
    8
    This is actually a very good album. It has a very Editors/Joy Division feel to it. Now, I give it an 8 only because they said theyThis is actually a very good album. It has a very Editors/Joy Division feel to it. Now, I give it an 8 only because they said they specifically don't LIKE Joy Division and yet they sound a lot like them. If a band sounds like what they don't like, then I do have to knock it a little but Death and Farewell To The Fairgrounds are both incredible songs, and To Lose My Life is a very haunting anthem. Overall, 8/10. Full Review »
  3. Jun 28, 2012
    6
    It's typical Indie rock - I wouldn't says it's synthy or anything but I get a Depeche Mode vibe off it. There are a couple of good songs on itIt's typical Indie rock - I wouldn't says it's synthy or anything but I get a Depeche Mode vibe off it. There are a couple of good songs on it but its mostly filler. The tracks on the first half of the record are my recommendations off of this. Everything else is distinctly average. It could be that the voice just doesn't click with me, I don't know but it's one of the more disappointing records that I've bought over the last couple of years. Full Review »