Big TV (album)

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Big TV
Studio album by White Lies
Released 12 August 2013 (2013-08-12)
Recorded ICP Studios, Brussels, Belgium[1]
Genre Indie rock, post-punk revival
Label Fiction (UK, Europe)
Harvest (USA)
Universal Music Canada (Canada)
Producer Ed Buller
White Lies chronology
Ritual
(2011)
Big TV
(2013)
Singles from Big TV
  1. "There Goes Our Love Again"
    Released: 5 August 2013
  2. "First Time Caller"
    Released: 16 September 2013

Big TV (stylised as BIG TV) is the third studio album by the British indie rock band White Lies.[2][3] It was released on 12 August 2013 through Fiction Records in the UK and Europe, and on 20 August 2013 in the US (through Harvest Records)[4] and Canada (Universal Music Canada).[5]

On 18 August 2013, the album debuted at number four on the UK Albums Chart.[6]

In an interview with NME in January 2013, bassist Charles Cave said that the album is the band's most melodic record, but there is still a pretty definitive White Lies sound. The album follows a story of a couple who leave a provincial area for a big city and, according to Cave, the idea of equality in a relationship is a recurring theme.[7]

Big TV is the first White Lies album to feature 12 rather than 10 tracks, two of which ("Space i" and "Space ii") are instrumental interludes.

Formats and packaging[edit]

The album is available both as a regular CD and a deluxe 2 CD hardback book edition, featuring seven original demos of songs from the album and stills from the studio sessions. The Japanese version includes the seven demos from the hardback book edition as well as a remix of "There Goes Our Love Again", all on one disc.[citation needed] Big TV was also released digitally and on 180gsm vinyl.[5]

The cover artwork for the album is a painting entitled "Pilot 2" by New York City-based artist Michael Kagan.[8][9]

Promotion[edit]

The track "Getting Even" was released on 4 June 2013 as a free download, on White Lies' SoundCloud profile.[10] The song charted on Polish radio station Eska Rock, peaking at No.1.[11]

"There Goes Our Love Again", the first official single from the album, was released on 5 August 2013.[2][3] The song was played on the air for the first time on 18 June 2013, exclusively on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show.[12]

On 23/24/25 July 2013, White Lies played 3 intimate shows at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in London, celebrating the 5 year anniversary of the band's first ever gig at the same venue.[13] They played tracks from Big TV and some of their earlier songs in front of 300 fans each night.[14] In August 2013, they made their Main Stage debut at Reading and Leeds Festivals.[15][16] During its Summer/Fall 2013 tour, the band is scheduled to play more than thirty concerts in Europe and North America.[17]

On 29 July 2013, the band uploaded the song "Change" to their official SoundCloud account.[18]

On 16 September 2013, White Lies announced that their next single from the album would be "First Time Caller", and they released an official music video for the song.[19]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[20]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[21]
Clash 7/10[22]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[23]
The Independent 4/5 stars[24]
The Line of Best Fit 8/10 stars[25]
NME 6/10[26]
The Observer 3/5 stars[27]
Stereoboard 3.5/5 stars[28]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars [29]
This Is Fake DIY 7/10[30]

Big TV received generally favourable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 64, based on 18 reviews.[20]

Matt Collar of AllMusic wrote that White Lies "sound even more engaged and clear-eyed than on the ambitious, stylized Ritual," and they "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."[21] Cai Trefor of Clash magazine rated the album 7/10, and described it as leaning towards retro, but also sounding firmly in the present, "utilising electronic samples with classic valve-driven guitar chords to accompany the trademark baritone of McVeigh."[22] Matt Thomas of The Line of Best Fit accents the album's 1980s atmosphere, but "with influences visible, nods clearly marked, White Lies aren’t just repackaging yesterday’s hits as their own. Instead they’re making use of abandoned utensils to create anew, achieving catharsis through resourcefulness. 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."[25]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Big TV"   5:27
2. "There Goes Our Love Again"   3:36
3. "Space I"   0:48
4. "First Time Caller"   3:34
5. "Mother Tongue"   3:23
6. "Getting Even"   4:56
7. "Change"   4:51
8. "Be Your Man"   4:23
9. "Space II"   1:10
10. "Tricky To Love"   4:17
11. "Heaven Wait"   4:42
12. "Goldmine"   3:56

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom, Europe 12 August 2013 CD, LP, digital download Fiction Records
United States 20 August 2013 Harvest Records
Canada Universal Music Canada

Charts[edit]

Charts (2013) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[31] 23
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[32] 14
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[33] 38
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[34] 10
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[35] 12
French Albums (SNEP)[36] 129
German Albums (Official Top 100)[37] 19
Irish Albums (IRMA)[38] 41
Italian Albums (FIMI)[39] 64
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[40] 26
Scottish Albums (OCC)[41] 11
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[42] 55
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[43] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 4

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