WHITE LIES – To Lose My Life (Fiction)

Despite the gloomy black and white sleeve, the band dressing in black, and having songs with titles such as ‘Death’ and ‘To Lose My Life’ (and that is just the first two songs!) I wouldn’t class White Lies as a goth band, as that is just lazy stereo-typing. ‘Death’ actually has quite a catchy tune buried in there, and while Harry McVeigh’s baritone might give the songs something of a sonorous tone, the band rock it up behind him, and if anything I hear much more of The Editors here than The Cure or Joy Division. The title track might have a Sisters Of Mercy groove to it but it is still a great song, and ‘A Place To Hide’ is a song of hope (of sorts), set to another glorious melody. ‘Fifty On Our Foreheads’ is actually the first song on here with even the remotest hint of the Cure in its bassline, and while the swathes of synths might sound a tad 80’s, the song pulls them off to fine effect. ‘E.S.T.’ has a strong rhythm running through it, with the synths more to the fore, and if there is one track that does hark back to the 80’s then this is it. ‘From The Stars’ might have the typically downbeat lyrics, but it also has a rollicking tune and a great chorus, which applies to all of the songs on this album. If there is one thing that White Lies do well, it is the bombastic chorus, which for me outweighs dark lyrics every time. ‘Farewell To The Fairground’ has some nice chiming guitar woven through it, and ‘The Price Of Love’ closes that album with some thundering drumming, and the first really heavy guitar sound on here. I actually bought this album unheard, so was not influenced by the never-ending references to Goths in the reviews, and I love it, so put your prejudices aside and just enjoy a really good British guitar album.