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Ritual
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2011
Bigger than us is the only good track on this album. No where near as good as the first album. I can say I like every song on To lose my life..Apose to Ritual, the melodies are mediocre and boring. The lyrics are not as poetic but the singing is good. Disappointing...Wish I had just brought Bigger than us.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2011
The presentation is impeccable. Vinyls are a delight and signed lithographs for framing. The Remixes CD is fine, the only problem there is little exclusivity and in this CD because these remixes can be downloaded for free in its entirety. Only: The Power & The Glory [Bibio Remix] and The Power & The Glory [Wax Stag Remix] have not yet made a free download.
And free MP3 download of the album seems low quality. 160 kbps. A pity. I was expecting at least that was at 320 kbps. We will have to buy the CD apart to get it high quality.
It is also a product of collector and is a joy to have in their hands.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2011
I loved the first White Lies album and was so excited about the release of this one. I am so disappointed. Sounds like really bad synth-pop. Sorry White Lies; you've lost a fan.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2011
Sorry Boys this is not very good its very uninspiring and lazy.

I can't say a lot really

With 2009's chart-topping debut, "To Lose My Life" this young trio from Ealing managed to recycle the inspiration and bleak landscape angular angst of Joy Division, The Cure and the Bunnymen albeit with a softer a pallet.
Two years on, they've made that sound blander still, often sounding like the Killers. Most tracks here are ambitious and aim to be an anthem, but just don't have the bite. There is requisite melodic clout. It's hard to see them entering the super league on this visit. Its fine took plagiarize but you must inject your own personality into it

They were championed as one of 2009's big success; their, sterile goth-inflected musings persuaded a million people to buy their debut album. Including me. I keep Expecting Simon Bloody Cowl to creep out from beneath the woodwork
It's no surprise then, that the follow-up signals no great departure in direction: nods to the Editors the Killers and Interpol are myriad, limp gloomy choruses especially crafted for anticipated stadiums sellouts. Harry McVeigh's Vocals are self indulgent if not pretentious they are devoid of emotion and personality. The words are cryptic enough but there not delivered in a conniving manner.

Produced by Alan Moulder, who is associated with Depeche Mode & Ride, this should have been a magnificent piece of work, instead it try's to hard and ends up being a lack lustre afire where the White Lies lose their identity and fingerprints. This is manufactured indie dirge. The White Lies have sold their soul and will end up in the bargain bin by Easter
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2011
To lose my life was a fine record with lyrics that go beyond the usual love and relationship crap. That is not the case with Ritual. Turn the bells, the power & the glory, holy ghost? Hallelujah! What is this pomp all about? Normally you can't expect a good sound quality with a bands first record. To lose my life was better than i thought. So with a successful first record, there should be more money for the production of the next. But Ritual has such a miserable sound quality that it made my ears bleed. With the first listen i didn't come farther than track 3. Is/are the engineer(s) to blame for this ,or is this the sound that the band was pleased with? This record is not meant for a decent stereo set. Better listen to it with a 15 Pound childs boombox. That will be appropriate. Hopefully better next time, as it will be difficult to stay below this level. One star for the effort.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2011
Saw these guys for the first time at Wembley last year when they supported Muse. Bought the first album next day and this one's excellent.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2011
"Right lads, great first album but it was a bit dark don't you think ? If you wanna make it big you're gonna have to lighten up and throw in a few sing-a-long bits. You know, something a bit more 'anthemic' that'll have them getting their lighters out in the stadiums". "Oh, and if you can stretch the songs out to - ooh 5 minutes say - that'll help pad the set out a bit". Job done
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4 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2011
Has anyone actually read the lyrics of this album? They're truly excruciating. It's hard to believe a human being could write things this bad (Holy Ghost is the best example with its 'moth in molasses' and 'yelled spanish like an out of date acid'). But the last straw is the percussion on 'Turn The Bells' which is lower than K-tel standard, and brings back horrific eighties memories. And by the way, how do you 'turn' a bell? It's all quite alarming after what was a decent if completely unoriginal debut album. And the first track in fact suggests promising progression, but the album just gets gradually worse and worse till you feel like a moth in molasses yourself. Veering towards electro pop is not a sign of progression, sadly, only of desperation. In ten years time people will struggle to remember who White Lies were, and those who do will chuckle at such po-faced idiocy. This is the first CD I've ever thrown straight in the bin and not felt any guilt in doing so. I advise any other intelligent person who doesn't want to be embarrassed in retrospect to do the same.
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