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White Lies new album ‘Ritual’ brings similarity, quality expected from band

By Alex Stanley ’12
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White Lies’ new album “Ritual” is a continuation of what they did so well with their prior release of “To Lose My Life.”

White Lies, a British rock band who first hit the music scene with their album “To Lose My Life,” are at it again with their recent release.

They are well known for their dim and depressing sound, which has become popular as they reached No. 1 on the UK charts with “To Lose My Life,” according to Pitchfork.

This record’s cover features two stolid twin girls as the focal point.

Their unemotional and eerie expressions produce a scene that instantly chills the spine.

This gloomy creepiness sets the stage perfectly for the music within.

The group has continued with their uniquely dark sound, much like that of the preceding album.

Overly dark and dramatic lyrics are a mainstay throughout the album, along with always heavy guitar and bass.

All of this comes together to form a winning combination, as the album is wrought with many quality songs, and all 10 manage to stand out on their own.

The group also allayed fears that “Ritual” would be too much like their previous album by adding an electronic spin to many of the songs.

Electronic beats are added to songs like “Strangers” and “The Power & the Glory,” which creates a new, fresh spin on their typical music.

As long as White Lies continues adding to their style and not releasing repetitive music, they should ascend to become a serious contender.

Overall, the album is fantastic, with personal favorites including “Bad Love,” “Strangers” and “Holy Ghost.”

Read more about White Lies at their website http://promo.interscope.com/whitelies/.