White Lies - Big TV
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2013 Ratings: #962 / 1039
User Score
Based on 83 ratings
2013 Ratings: #408
August 12, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fiction, Harvest, Universal / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

Yes, they are working with a previously-explored aesthetic, but they are molding it into a beautifully-original product, per a vision that refuses to forget music’s former greatness.


‘Big TV’, as a whole, is an entirely successful album. The concept is interesting, it fits well with the sonic ambitions of the band, and for the most part it flows effectively and has good changes of timing and pace.


With Big TV, White Lies combine the urgent passions of their debut with the conceptual ambitions of their sophomore effort and by doing so, make the best album of their career.


While Big TV is unlikely to win over those who have already dismissed White Lies as revivalists, it is an album that is going to score highly with fans.

Drowned in Sound

What saves Big TV from mediocrity isn’t its ambition, but its hooks. 


If they were just a bit more concerned with making themselves bigger on the inside, rather than placing all the sonic importance on the shiny surfaces, they might – might – be on to something.


Big TV is a solid album, and it very much retains the White Lies sound. For existing fans it’s worth a listen, and it certainly won’t offend, but it probably won’t convert many new ears. 

Consequence of Sound

Ultimately, Big TV is hard to shake; once you’ve heard it, it will haunt you. It’s full of pitch-perfect songs, but it will lead to digging for the real emotion, the heart buried somewhere at the center.

the first half of this LP holds some of my favorite tracks. White Lies doesn't do their best to get the story told clearly, however this album tells the story of a girl finding her way through the city, with the lyrics in her point of view. the instrumental space I and II tracks are placed in appropriate places, keeping the flow of this LP.
fav tracks: there goes our love again, first time caller, heaven wait
least fav tracks: change, tricky to love
Fav Songs: Big TV, Mother Tongue, Getting Even, Goldmine
Two new albums since it’s been released but I still find it their finest work. The atmosphere on the album transports you into another universe, I adore the instrumentation on this one. It’s not a secret that I’m rather a fan of female vocals, but Harry would always be an exception for me. Lots of great lyrics on this LP. It’s very good from the beginning, as the title track and opener of the album drowns you with the cosmic vibe and a feeling of longing for something ... read more
A big step forward from Ritual. That's far from a favourable comment but it's a relatively consistent record.
Third time's a charm for White Lies. White Lies have finally found the key to complete an album, and have a well orchestrated story that they have been yearning for. They feel refreshed, comfortable, confident, and above else, have created their own sound that they can expand upon.

Favorite tracks: Big TV, There Goes Our Love Again, Change, Goldmine
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Track List

  1. Big TV
  2. There Goes Our Love Again
  3. Space i
  4. First Time Caller
  5. Mother Tongue
  6. Getting Even
  7. Change
  8. Be Your Man
  9. Space ii
  10. Tricky To Love
  11. Heaven Wait
  12. Goldmine  
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Added on: August 6, 2013