White Lies - Friends
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2016 Ratings: #844 / 900
User Score
Based on 74 ratings
2016 Ratings: #778
October 7, 2016 / Release Date
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Synthpop, New Wave / Genres
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The dogged stoicism and yearning for a healing heart cascade with synths, guitars and Harry McVeigh’s vocals. The rich harmonies promise the listener that despite all this despair, there’s actually a spatter of hope, if you just give it a go.

Friends is a focused, clear-eyed album that finds White Lies trading some of the sprawling ambition of Big TV for the infectious pop urgency of their debut.


For the most of ‘Friends’ ... this is White Lies doing what they do best. There are huge choruses, soaring, ethereal melodies and that distinctively glistening ‘80s production.


Overall the record is unable to match the consistency of its predecessor. That the trio started work on Friends without a label is certainly telling, as the overriding impression is one of a band in transition.

Slant Magazine

While the band deserves credit for attempting to explore more personal songwriting, it only takes a song like “Take It Out on Me” to demonstrate that they remain at their best when they set aside the melodramatic faux-profundity and shoot for the kind of hook-laden, ‘80s-inspired anthems that lifted them to prominence in the first place.

The Line of Best Fit

Friends is White Lies’ least inspiring record both musically and thematically; they appear to be back in identity crisis mode, and it might not be recoverable this time around.

Drowned in Sound

Instead of producing an album that feels new, exciting, and refreshing - exactly what you’d expect from a band in their position - you get some lazy attempts at something different, before a retreat into the comforts of a tried and tested sound.

Ultimately, the album sounds like a band running out of steam. It lacks cohesion and feels like a compilation of songs rather than a record – indeed it also lacks the indie anthems the band are known for.
Best White Lies album for today. Great record!
It's not nearly the album of 2016, but why the fuck does everyone hate this so much, and the band in general? White Lies is kinda cringy sometimes, but they've never put out anything I would consider bad, just ok.
I like how they added synths to their new wave/post punk sound that they've been working with for years. Friends is a pretty fun album for anyone who is nostalgic for the 80's and loves Echo and the Bunnymen.

fav tracks: Take It Out on Me, Don't Want to Feel It All
What's left from the 80's, new wave graveyard is gathered incidentally here, so the only thing left to do is shout: take it out on me!
This shit is offensively bad...
La irregular trayectoria de White Lies toca fondo en un cuarto álbum que entrega el alma al Diablo del synthpop comercial. El primer tramo del LP aguanta el tipo, para después volverse anodino y monótono. Irreconocibles. Decepción total.
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Track List

  1. Take It Out on Me
  2. Morning in LA
  3. Hold Back Your Love
  4. Don't Want to Feel It All
  5. Is My Love Enough?
  6. Summer Didn't Change a Thing
  7. Swing
  8. Come On
  9. Right Place
  10. Don't Fall
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Added on: June 30, 2016