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London s White Lies will release their third studio album BIG TV on August 20th via Harvest Records. The album was recorded with producer Ed Buller (Suede, Pulp, Spiritualized) at ICP studios in Brussels, Belgium, and mixed by Mark Spike Stent (Beyonce, Madonna). White Lies are Harry McVeigh (vocals/guitar), Charles Cave (bass), and Jack Lawrence-Brown (drums).

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  • Audio CD (August 20, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harvest
  • ASIN: B00D4D90F6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2013
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The London-based trio that makes up White Lies released an outstanding album in early 2009 called "Ritual", which I had in the top 10 of my year-end "best of" albums list. After lots of touring and a long break, the band is back with its highly anticipated third album.

"Big TV" (12 tracks; 45 min.) kicks off with the 6 min. title track and we immediately find ourselves in familiar territory, with dense and dark musical landscapes. "There Goes Our Love Again" (1st UK single) is an up-tempo tune that is about as sunny as anything the band has ever done. After a 40 sec. short instrumental, the band treats us to yet more great tracks like "First Time Caller", and then "Mother Tongue" (with a rolling chorus that goes "But if you have forgotten/your precious other tongue/What do you think your mother/would say of what you've done"). Then comes the very best track of the album, "Getting Even", another 5 min. dense song that when it opens reminds me of Simple Minds 30 years ago on "New Gold Dream", but then makes a shift and turns into a full-blown anthem, wow (this album's version of "Bigger Than Us"). Up to this point we are talking about a near-perfect album. And how can you follow up a song like that? By playing very quietly, and that is what "Change" exactly does. "Be Your Man' is another stomping tune, followed by the second short instrumental on here. The album then falters a bit then, but finishes very nicely with "Goldmine", which sounds like it's waiting to be released as a single, how can they bury this at the very end of the album?

In all, I am quite happy with this album. Time will tell whether I will play this as much as I played "Ritual" in the months after its release, but regardless, I am quite certain that "Big TV" will end up in my year end "best of" albums list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Firemonk on September 7, 2013
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White Lies debut album was a big deal for me. The songs had lot of energy, and hearkened back to the sounds of the 80's yet managed to stay fresh, distinct, and take their time. There was even a sense of narrative that was far deeper than anything I have come across in music that I loved. It was a great, great album.

I found out about "Ritual" when I saw a video for "Bigger than Us." It was a big fantastic song that stood right in the middle of what I loved about the band. After watching the video my hands were practically shaking, and fumbling my card in anticipation as I bought my copy. I spent the next two or three days coming to terms with the somewhat painful realization that "Ritual" just wasn't the same, and that it might not even be good. With the exception of "Holy Ghost," and "Bigger than Us" the all the songs just felt empty, and the magic I was looking for wasn't really there. Ultimately I judged White Lies' second effort quite harshly, and hoped for a better third effort.

Well here we are at album three. When I first heard about it I was a bit nervous since I was about to find out what happens when the White Lies comes out of round two bleeding. It's not unusual for a band to make a bad move, but so often once a band starts to slip they just keep slipping, and that is what I was afraid of - that the White Lies had one good album in them. With all of that said I feel we have something of a redemption story here.

Taken as a whole "Big TV" is much better album than "Ritual." Where "Ritual" often felt hallow, or like it was filled with songs that failed to make the cut on the first album, "Big TV" feels more honest, and heart felt. I can imagine in my mind the band feeling quite satisfied with each finished song in a way they probably weren't last time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on August 25, 2013
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I love White Lies. I have since I first saw their debut CD. Their artwork, lyrics, riffs everything is perfect to me. I feel like this is one of those bands that doesn't get enough love now and a few years from now everyone will want to know who they are and where they went.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on September 6, 2013
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"Death" was the first song I heard from White Lies back in January 2009. I instantly liked their sound reminiscent of Joy Division, The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, etc. They have continued to grow as a band, and "Big TV", their third album, lives up to the standards the band set with their debut. All of their albums are solid, if not entirely able to break free from their influences.

My favorite tracks are the first single, "There Goes Our Love Again", "First Time Caller", "Getting Even", "Change" and "Tricky To Love". The rest of the tracks make for good album filler. Overall, the album's pacing is brisk and varied, just how I like them to be.

While not a great improvement over 2011's "Ritual", the band is working the melodies harder here. There seems to be more memorable songs this time around. A part of me wishes the band would take more musical risks, though. I sometimes wonder if they will shirk the cover-band quality of post-punk/new wave sensibilities and develop something more their own. In the meantime, the band does what they do well--dirge-like, dream-like, ethereal-like music that's grounded in gothic, punk, new wave roots.

I want to hear more risks in the future. Perhaps a new producer? Meanwhile, if you liked the band's last two albums you will surely enjoy "Big TV".

Here's how "Big TV" compares to the band's previous works:

2009 To Lose My Life...: Three Stars
2011 Ritual: Four Stars
2013 Big TV: Four Stars
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