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: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 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
  2. Feb 7, 2012
    To Lose My Life is a very dark album. People complain about how dark it is but I find it to be refreshing. I haven't heard a band with such dark lyrics since Interpol's "Antics". "Death" is a great opener and each track after that holds up. All In All, This a pretty good album. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2013
    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 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. Expand
  4. May 31, 2011
    A good welcome to the music world for White Lies. Contains the right combination of anthems like "Death" and the title track "To Lose my Life", and feel good tunes like "Unfinished Business". Without a doubt there are some tracks which have a real stadium feel, and by that I mean that you could see these songs being blasted out in front of 60,000+ fans. However, there is some elements to this album which are forgettable, but overall, a good album indeed Expand
  5. Jun 28, 2012
    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 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. Expand

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