Single Review: White Lies – Bigger Than Us

By on Friday, 19th November 2010 at 2:00 pm

London’s White Lies have finally come out of the shadows, having announced that their sophomore album – finally! – entitled ‘Ritual’ will be released on 17 January 2010. Before that however, they have announced that the forthcoming single from the album, ‘Bigger Than Us’, will be available on iTunes on 22 November, in advance of the physical single release on the 3rd of January.

There was a feeling of grandeur with ‘To Lose My Life…’ (the album), and the new single should stir up similar emotions, if you were moved the first time guitarist Harry McVeigh opened his mouth to sing bassist Charles Cave’s words (I still think this is a weird writing/singing arrangement). The chorus is the best part of ‘Bigger Than Me’, with the lyrics of ”and I feel like I’m breaking up / but I wanted to stay / and the lights on the hillside / don’t take me this way / and I don’t want you to hold me / and I want you to pray / this is bigger than us”. The White Lies blokes still know how to do morbid rock right. (Take a look at the cover – it features a bottle of lithium carbonate, medication to treat bipolar disorder and mania. Presumably that massive crystal on the left is one of the solid components of the pharmaceutical on the right.) This track feels as sweeping as some of the songs on their debut. But will this garner the same kind of attention as their first album? Time will tell. I really like this tune.


‘Bigger Than Us’, the first single from White Lies’s second album, will be available digitally from iTunes next week (22 November) and physically on 03 January 2010 from Fiction Records. ‘Ritual’ the album follows on 17 January 2010. You can catch the trio on tour in February – tour details here.

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