White Lies – 'Big TV' album review

Album number three, and the Ealing trio are still utterly failing to fulfil their early promise

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<strong>Rating: </strong>1/5


Poor White Lies: they keep giving their music to the world, and the world smiles politely and puts it swiftly aside. It’s a shame, because they promised so much with the urgency of singles ‘Death’ and ‘To Lose My Life’, whose beat-driven synth-rock sent their debut LP to Number One. But after that the Ealing trio gave up and churned out more of the same at a meandering pace, and everyone lost interest.

Unfortunately, they’ve chosen exactly the same formula for ‘Big TV’, and the results are more disheartening than a punctured bicycle on a desolate hillside. This time around, White Lies attempt epic soundscapes – but the shimmering chimes, barely-there piano and buzzing reverb on ‘Change’ aren’t enough to fill a suitcase, let alone a stadium. That song does enlighten us as to the band’s monotony, however: ‘I’ve never been too good at change’, pines vocalist Harry McVeigh. No kidding.

‘Be Your Man’ allows a brief glimpse into White Lies’ past, with its disco high-hat and purring riffs, but it’s not enough. There’s so much drab filler on ‘Big TV’ that you end up discarding each track like an unwanted present, and optimistically awaiting the next. Here's our tip: nothing thrilling is coming, so don’t bother getting started.

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The Print Is Dead Library

The Punch Room at swanky hotel The London Edition will be transformed into an eclectic reference library to showcase a collection of sold out copies and back issues of magazines including Twin, Cherry Bombe, Little White Lies and The Travel Almanac. The library is being created to coincide with the publication of journalist Ruth Jamieson's new book 'Print Is Dead. Long Live Print', which takes a close look at the field of independent print journalism and features many of the magazines on show.

  1. The London Edition 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP
  2. Sun Aug 30 - Mon Aug 31
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See White Lies live in London

The Print Is Dead Library

The Punch Room at swanky hotel The London Edition will be transformed into an eclectic reference library to showcase a collection of sold out copies

  1. The London Edition 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP
  2. Sun Aug 30 - Mon Aug 31
More info

Listen to 'Big TV' on Spotify

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