White Lies - Five
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Based on 6 reviews
2019 Ratings: #64 / 77
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Based on 57 ratings
2019 Ratings: #72
February 1, 2019 / Release Date
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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.
First half was fine, but forgettable.
But the second half when Tokyo kicks in, that's when Five shines.
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
Five is White Lies feeling the most confident. They have finally reached that common ground combining both "Big Tv"'s grandiose aesthetic and "Friends" synthy sound and tones making their best record to date.
Personal Enjoyment: 73
Listenability (Catchiness and timelessness relative to the genre): 80
New ideas / boldness: 60 (because they've just curated their sounds without coming up with something brand new)
Lyrics: 65 (This doesn't carry a story unlike "Big TV" ... read more
I lile the way White Lies sound now, with a little bit of synth not forgetting the riffs that really demonstrates how the band evolves since 2000's.

I don't like the lyrics, though. It seems a bunch of disconnect words that supposes to say something, but don't says nothing.
Five is a record that brings back the band on track, it sounds like an reiventation of post-punk revival, knowing to balance the synths with the guitars with a structure that is at the same time easygoing and challenging, you can see a band trying harder than stay at the safezone, for the first time they used acoustic guitar with emphasis. Tokyo is the perfect single for the record but dont think that the record is a compilation of tokyos, its more like a world of its own, knowing exactly where ... 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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