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Third studio album by the British indie rock band. Featuring the single 'There Goes Our Love Again', the album debuted in the UK Albums Chart at #4. The artwork for the album features the painting 'Pilot 2' by New York artist Michael Kagan.
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After eagerly awaiting the release of Big TV and giving it a first listen I found myself quite enjoying the first track and spending the rest of the album waiting for another to top it, right up until the end where I was left feeling confused and disappointed.
I avoided writing off the album before giving it some time to sink in. However on repeated listening; whilst there are a few tracks I dig, particularly the title track Big TV and Mother Tongue, a lot of the rest of the album continues to become non-distinct background music as I try to re-listen to it.
One of the tracks I also actively dislike. "First Time Caller" is an irritating mellowed out pop song, complete with catchy-in-a-bad-way lyrics that overuse well worn expressions like it's a Katy Perry single.
So definitely not love-at-first-listen and not much of a grower either, but still better than "a poke in the eye with a sharp stick" - hopefully not an upcoming track from White Lies 4th album.
What is most noticeable is the growth in maturity of the lyrics, they are at a new level and its good again to see such thought being put into meaninful lyrics in an age of 'oooohhhhhs', 'aaaahhhhhhs' and constant wailing.
They also have let go of some of their more 'outwardly miserable' features. I don't mean this in a bad way. But if you look at some of the titles of their songs on their previous albums and compare them to this, you will see what I mean. Thats not to say they have become all happy clappy. No, but they are putting across their message in a much more grown up way.
It starts off with 'Big TV', a great song, not the best on here in my view but very close and probably the best way to get things going.
'First Time Caller' is a really good pop song where the lyrics fit perfectly and you will find yourself singing along, despite your best efforts!
My favourite track is 'Mother Tongue', the guitars, drums and everything just chime together to form such a great song and one I play often.
Thus far, this is my standout album of the year. There maybe a better one to come, but I doubt it. For consistency, quality and a 'proper' pop/rock album to be able to listen to anywhere, this stands head and shoulders above the rest.
The deluxe version is fantastic by the way, a great book with great notes by the band.
Fast-forward 6 months and I fancied something new in the car and decided to give this another go. I'm so glad I did, this album is the quintessential 'grower', the more I've played it the more I've grown to love it to the extent that, now, it's never out of the car stereo for long. Favourite tracks are Big TV, There Goes My Love again, Mother Tongue and Getting Even.
Probably my most played CD over the last 12 months and I listen to a lot of music.
'BIG TV' follows the story of two young lovers as they make an aspirational move to a big city. Whilst this consistently strong album could be their best record yet, there remains nothing particularly different about 'BIG TV' - if anything it may flirt with the more melodious side but it is unquestionably White Lies.
You can hear the collective sigh of relief on the opening track 'Big TV' that towers above the rest of the album - taking nothing away from the balance of the record, this epic title track reaches heights that none of the other tracks quite approach; this is perhaps made even sweeter following the resounding failure of a rival post-punk revivalists recent love-infused offering. Singles 'There Goes Our Love Again' and 'Getting Even' are equally epic and although the album is filled up with a couple of needless 'space' interludes the majority of the record oozes class. There is a direct simplicity to this album that remains simultaneously epic and harmonious. Harry McVeigh's baritone voice cascades high above.
This will not disappoint their followers. Comparisons to Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division and Interpol pleasingly persist.
Listen to: 'Big TV', 'Be Your Man', 'Goldmine'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really good album. The standout song for me is "Change", which is easily as good as anything on the first two albums. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Saunders
This is at least as good as the second album, but not as good as the first.Published 10 months ago by Mr. D. G. Medley
Great album - 5 or 6 stand out songs, and unmistakably White Lies material. Really glad I bought it.Published 15 months ago by Nikki M
No lies to be told here. Truly great album, by an emmensly talented and humble bandPublished 17 months ago by Libby
The best album yet from my favorite contemporary rock group. Great stuff!!Published 18 months ago by Nicholas F.
I initially got into this group simply on the strength that their first album cover had a bit of an eighties feel to it, so I took a punt at a time when there was little else in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Adrian Cotterill