White Lies - Five
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Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #581 / 737
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Based on 126 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1013
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February 1, 2019 / Release Date
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While there's not any major conceptual through-line here, one of the most impressive aspects of Five is the album's balanced flow, which evokes the A- and B-side aesthetic of the vinyl age.


Thankfully Five mixes these two impulses well, featuring some of the group's catchiest work to date while still offering more challenging elements that reveal themselves over time.

The Skinny

White Lies have succeeded in creating an album with much more scope that is a testament to the enduring nature of their sound. Five denotes a chapter in the band’s career but it does by no means symbolise the end of White Lies.

God Is in the TV

Haphazardly, the album connotes emotions of death and love, something that is not completely abnormal to the band. We are taken on an unusual journey, leaving us with the question – What was going through Harry McVeigh’s mind when he wrote this?

These missteps are few and far between - for the most part ‘Five’ sees the band succeed in finding new ways to have those conversations after all.
Long-standing followers will lap up ‘Five’; for everybody else, it serves as a neat reminder of their staying power.

An album which doesn't really have a sense of direction. And, ten years later, it is without the catchy, well-structured songs of their first record

First half was fine, but forgettable.
But the second half when Tokyo kicks in, that's when Five shines.
No one really cares if you’ve got time to give. White Lies starts this impactful album yelling this phrase and it’s an ode to the new reality. The same as the whole album that seem to take you to a voyage. It’s an invitation to nostalgia and take care cause you can get caught on this vibration. Finish Line and Kick Me are perfect. “There’s virtue in everything!”, “Find a right, and find a wrong!”, “You lust for a love with the feel of old ... read more
Time to Give 7/10
never Alone 6.5/10
Finish Line 7/10
Kick Me 6/10
Tokyo 8/10
Jo? 7.5/10
Denial 7.5/10
Believe It 8/10
Fire and Wings 8/10
Average: 7.3/10
Time To Give - 10
Never Alone - 7
Finish Line - 8
Kick Me - 10
Tokyo - 9
Jo? - 9
Denial - 7
Believe It - 9
Fire and Wings – 7
I'm chasing the ghost of their old sound, they've established a new sparkly snythpop driven sound, and stoked to see some people latching onto it but its so deeply fucking lame to me. Taking the most cliched parts of their sound and amplifying it, plus bringing focus to what has always been their weakest point, their lyrical content which has always been utterly vague, and as such it was absolutely pointless to bring more attention to, the only reason their sound had worked well in the past was ... read more
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Track List

  1. Time to Give
  2. Never Alone
  3. Finish Line
  4. Kick Me
  5. Tokyo
  6. Jo?
  7. Denial
  8. Believe It
  9. Fire and Wings
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Added on: October 8, 2018