michael gallucci

REVIEW — WHITE LIES: TO LOSE MY LIFE

In Uncategorized on 02/09/2009 at 8:49 am

White Lies

To Lose My Life

(Fiction/Geffen)



The latest band to get a whole bunch of English people’s knickers twisted just reached the legal drinking age in the U.S. That means White Lies were born at least five years after most of the groups they sound like started to fizz out. Moody, gloomy and full of big anthemic guitars, the songs on To Lose My Life range from bizarre (the ghostly lovers’ spat of “Unfinished Business”) to WTF (“E.S.T.” is all about electroshock therapy). But it’s the trio’s somber synths and singer Harry McVeigh’s mournful baritone that drive home the band’s gothtastic point: Death really becomes them. “Blood,” “dead” and variations on these words show up every five minutes or so. Still, it’s not all doom ‘n’ gloom – despite its to-the-point title, “Death” is actually kinda jolly. And you can almost hear a smile breaking out during “A Place to Hide”’s chorus. Misery occasionally likes a little cheery company. — Michael Gallucci

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