More little White Lies……
For over a decade, White Lies have been making great, solid music.
Yet for some reason or another, haven’t quite got the attention there music deserves. Nevertheless, they are here with their fifth studio album, simply called Five.
The album starts in earnest with Time To Give. A very synth driven song, as you might expect from the band in the later years, and it’s a conversation in a song that lead singer, Harry McVeigh, gives a lot of thought to. It picks up in synth pop fashion for the second track, Never Alone. You will notice how great a change in the band and their style, rather than sound, is apparent in this one. Again, very synth lead but you can tell it’s a White Lies track.
Third song is Finish Line. And it’s an electro-acoustic number this one, and highlights McVeigh and his excellent voice, whilst Charles Cave and Jack Lawrence-Brown provide the backing that makes this band unique. Slow tempo, but nothing that won’t interrupt your listening. Kick Me is the fourth offering, and is another slow tempo song but has a very bold feel to it. There is so much on offer in this track and it’s guaranteed to tempt into holding your lighter aloft when you hear it live. A wonderful song.
Half way point is Tokyo. And this is proper synth driven pop-rock. The drums sound cool, the keyboards sound cool, the chorus will have you singing aloud. It’s how songs should be written, nothing complicated. Sixth song in is Jo?. And this has a very 80’s feel to it’s sound. Frantic sounding keyboards, the high hat furiously being hit. And the chorus when the guitars kick in is sublime. One of the best tracks on the album.
Song seven is Denial. A smooth vocal offering from McVeigh, and the musical accompaniment has a tinge of Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty. That is before, and not for the first time, the chorus kicks in and you’ll be unable to resist joining in with the singing. A song that will definitely get crowds going on the bands forthcoming tour.
Penultimate song is Believe It. The synthesizers take centre stage once again, and has all the qualities of an anthem that can only be associated with this band. Catchy chorus, perfect feel and sound to the music and vocals. What more could you want? The final track on the album is Fire And Wings. A song that could have opened the album too, but it finishes Five off perfectly. Synth-rock style.
How White Lies have never got more recognition, I’ll never know. They are a great band who have managed to change style without losing their identity. This album is a great place to start, but don’t deny yourself the pleasure of exploring their earlier work as well. Five is definitely alive, and that’s no white lie. Excellent work from one of the finest London bands around.
The album, Five, from White Lies is out now on all formats on the PIAS Recordings label