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Ritual [White Lies]

  • 1. Is Love
    2. Strangers
    3. Bigger Than Us
    4. Peace & Quiet
    5. Streetlights
    6. Holy Ghost
    7. Turn the Bells
    8. Power & the Glory, The
    9. Bad Love
    10. Come Down
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 15191

  • Credits
    ProducerMax Dingel; Alan Moulder
    EngineerMax Dingel

    Personnel: Harry McVeigh; Charles Cave; Max Dingel (programming); Jack Brown .
    Audio Mixer: Alan Moulder.
    Recording information: Assault And Battery 2, London.
    Photographer: Jonathan de Villiers.
    On their second album, Ritual, White Lies explore the darker, more ethereal side of the post-punk revival. Murky and brooding, the album finds the bandmembers developing as songwriters and being rewarded with a deeper sound for their troubles. Stepping out of the shadow of the likes of Interpol and Editors, Ritual captures a sound that's both ethereal and tense, setting the listener adrift in an ominous sea of synthesizers and brooding vocals. A welcome surprise in all of this comes by way of White Lies' ability to break up the gloom with the occasional soaring moment. Songs like "Strangers" and "Holy Ghost" have almost rhapsodic moments, creating little points of light that guide the listener through the melancholic darkness. This blending of tension and triumph comes together splendidly on "Bad Love," a song that slowly builds, adding layer after layer until finally exploding into a huge chorus that ties the whole song together beautifully with a mix of triumphant vocals and guttural guitars. These moments add a beautifully dynamic element to Ritual and show that in order to really explore the darkness, you need to have light. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[This] reveals their ambition is to rise above them all, adding '80s polish and industrial muscle to their melodic gloom-mongering."
    Clash (magazine) - "'Peace And Quiet' builds tension via glossy, slow-burning synths, while 'Bigger Than us' is similarly epic."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.105) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "RITUAL offsets their dark drama with the oddball bit of punk-metal guitar....The shifts are subtle, but effective."
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