White Lies (Mick Flannery album)

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White Lies
Mick Flannery White Lies cover.jpg
Studio album by Mick Flannery
Released September 12, 2008
Recorded Ireland
Genre Rock, Folk
Length 39 minutes
Label EMI Ireland
Mick Flannery chronology
Evening Train
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White Lies is the second studio album released by Irish singer-songwriter Mick Flannery. The album was released on September 12, 2008.[1] It achieved a top ten position on the Irish Albums Chart and featured prominently on the country's national radio stations.[2]

White Lies went platinum in Ireland.[3] It also received a nomination for the Choice Music Prize. When The Irish Times placed Flannery at number forty-six in a list of "The 50 Best Irish Acts Right Now" it published in April 2009 it referenced the album White Lies in its comments.


Earlier in 2008, Flannery made an appearance on RTÉ Two's music television programme Other Voices.[4] The reaction he received was positive, and Flannery was later described by one reviewer as the "where's he been hiding?" act of that series.[5] There were calls for him to receive his own episode of the show.[5]

On the day of the album's release Flannery performed the track "Tomorrow's Papers" on The Late Late Show.[6][7]

He commenced a nationwide tour of Ireland after the release of White Lies.[8]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
entertainment.ie (3.5/5)[9]
RTÉ Entertainment (4/5)[10]

As with his previous album, Flannery's age was noted: he was twenty-four years old at the time White Lies was released. When he released his debut album, Evening Train, in 2005, his age of twenty-one years was also noted.[1][11] At this stage two of his songs had already won an award each at the International Songwriting Competition, an achievement which has received much attention as he was the first Irish musician to win in this competition.[4][12]

entertainment.ie reviewer Lauren Murphy said of the album: "White Lies may not be a perfect album, but it's certainly a promising step forward for a real talent".[11] Public service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann's reviewer Harry Guerin commented on White Lies: "If you're adamant that Ireland may sink with another singer-songwriter on tour, then this is a record to seek out; you won't notice the time passing and the nation will remain afloat".[5] There was praise for the faster songs such as "Tomorrow's Paper" and "What Do You See".[5]

The Irish Times placed Flannery at number forty-six in a list of "The 50 Best Irish Acts Right Now" published in April 2009,[13] commenting on the White Lies album as having "changed everything" and "With this stunning exhibition of the gravel-voiced musician’s abilities, Flannery turned his hand to mournful piano ballads and catchy guitar tunes with a flair that far surpasses his 25 years".[14]

Track listing[edit]


All tracks written by Mick Flannery.

No. Title Length
1. "Safety Rope"  
2. "California"  
3. "Tomorrow's Paper"  
4. "Wish You Well"  
5. "Goodbye"  
6. "Near or Far"  
7. "Wait Here"  
8. "What Do You See"  
9. "Smiling Girl"  
10. "Arise Now"  
11. "Do Me Right"  
Total length: 39 minutes


In 2009, White Lies was nominated for the Choice Music Prize's Irish Album of the Year 2008.[15][16][17] Flannery was one of seven of the ten nominated acts to perform at the award ceremony in Vicar Street on March 4.[18]

White Lies lost to Ritual by Jape. However, Flannery was mentioned in the acceptance speech, as frontman Richie Egan mentioned what his mother had told him before the award: “They all deserve the award -- sure my mother even told me that Mick Flannery was going to win, she said you're good, Ritchie [sic], but he's gorgeous”.[19]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 White Lies Irish Album of the Year 2008 Nominated


  1. ^ a b Aoife McDonnell (September 8, 2008). "Interview: Mick Flannery". State. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mick Flannery for Dublin headliner". Hot Press. October 7, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2010. The singer's sophomore White Lies release made the top 10 in Ireland, with a healthy amount of national radio play building him an enthusiastic following. 
  3. ^ "Top artists to pay a festive visit to the INEC". The Kerryman. December 23, 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Harry Guerin. "Other Voices". Other Voices. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d Harry Guerin (September 11, 2008). "Mick Flannery - White Lies". RTÉ. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Friday, 12 September 2008". RTÉ. September 12, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  7. ^ Bill Browne (December 17, 2009). "Mick's in the house for New Year's Eve". The Corkman. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ Eamon Carr (September 18, 2008). "A Rolling Stone: Ex-stonemason Mick Flannery looks set to hit the big time". Evening Herald. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  9. ^ entertainment.ie review
  10. ^ RTÉ Entertainment review
  11. ^ a b Lauren Murphy (September 23, 2008). "Mick Flannery - White Lies". entertainment.ie. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Programme 1: Mick Flannery". RTÉ Radio 1. November 29, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  13. ^ "The next 50 bands". The Irish Times. 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  14. ^ Jim Carroll; Tony Clayton-Lea; Sinéad Gleeson; Lauren Murphy (2009-04-03). "The 50 best Irish music acts right now". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 2008 was a good year for Mick Flannery. The former stonemason had hung up his chisel in search of musical fulfilment several years back, yet his 2005 debut album (Evening Train) failed to make any huge impression, despite the Corkonian’s talent as a writer and performer. Last year’s Choice- nominated White Lies changed everything. With this stunning exhibition of the gravel-voiced musician’s abilities, Flannery turned his hand to mournful piano ballads and catchy guitar tunes with a flair that far surpasses his 25 years. 
  15. ^ Eoin Butler (January 14, 2009). "The Script debut album makes Choice shortlist". The Irish Times. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  16. ^ Eoin Butler (January 15, 2009). "Choice script upset by inclusion of . . . The Script". The Irish Times. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  17. ^ Sarah Stack (January 15, 2009). "The Script favourites for top music award". Evening Herald. Retrieved January 9, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "7 of 10 acts to play at Choice Prize show". The Irish Times. February 13, 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2010. Fight Like Apes, Mick Flannery, Halfset, Jape, Messiah J The Expert and R.S.A.G. will perform at the ceremony, which takes place at Dublin’s Vicar Street on March 4th. Lisa Hannigan, Oppenheimer and The Script are unavailable due to prior touring commitments, and Belfast DJ/musician David Holmes does not perform live. 
  19. ^ Caitrina Cody (March 5, 2009). "Jolly Jape admits he's surprised to scoop Choice gong". Irish Independent. Retrieved January 9, 2010.