To Lose My Life

White Lies - To Lose My Life
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2009 Ratings: #767 / 834
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
2009 Ratings: #134
March 17, 2009 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Fly
For its atmosphere, ambition and audacity, this debut holds its own next to ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ and, dare we say it, ‘Unknown Pleasures’. The benchmark has just been raised.
80
NME
The Dark Music never sounded so luminous.
70
Drowned in Sound

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.

66
Time Out London
All up, this is highly accomplished, slightly ridiculous fun – existential angst with a stylist. But if it keeps fellow bombast peddlers The Killers out of the charts for a bit, then we’re all for it.
60
No Ripcord

Overall, like so many debut albums, To Lose My Life is a mixed affair. 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. Mark them down as one to watch by all means, but anything bolder than that would be pure hyperbole.

60
Sputnikmusic

Because McVeigh can’t quite make his music (or fellow musicians) sound so cogent and larger than life, he’s left crying every word to make up for it. He becomes the only one who sounds up for it, and that isn’t enough.

50
Spin
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. Should “Death” be this catchy? Maybe so, but certainly not this impersonal.
50
Rolling Stone

To Lose My Life is full of pulsating bass lines and high-def keyboard atmospherics, underpinning singer Harry McVeigh's arena-ready wail and gothed-out lyrics.

40
Pitchfork

To Lose My Life... can't be faulted in terms of tightness or radio-ready polish. 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.

40
NOW Magazine
Comparing White Lies to Joy Division is like Alan Partridge saying Wings were the band the Beatles could've been. In fact, to suggest these gloom-dealing Brits have any connection to JD other than thievery might invite Ian Curtis to haunt your nightmares until you carve the word Closer into your chest with a rusty razor blade.
40
The Guardian
The basslines and melodies may snag like hell, but this is the sound of archly constructed doom being wrung dry.
20
musicOMH

White Lies, the first dark hope of 2009, fail. To Lose My Life is an album made to a predefined plan with skill and no heart. It’s depressingfor all the wrong reasons. Like your parents no doubt once said, don’t tell lies. Even little white ones.

josecarloslopes
15
Favorite tracks : TO LOSE MY LIFE and FAREWELL TO THE FAIRGROUND.
unknownpleasure
75
Favorite track-Death
NR
Wow! What's the fuss about? Good tracks: Death, To Lose My Life, Farewell to the Fairground. E.S.T. is fine and the rest is painfully average.
twwalter
68
Half the album is locked and loaded with anthem driven dark synth rock, and then the band tried to fill out enough filler to make an LP.

Favorite tracks: Death, To Lose My Life, E.S.T.
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Track List

  1. Death
  2. To Lose My Life
  3. A Place To Hide
  4. Fifty on Our Foreheads
  5. Unfinished Business
  6. E.S.T.
  7. From the Stars
  8. Farewell to the Fairground
  9. Nothing to Give
  10. The Price of Love

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