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4.8 out of 5
50 Ratings
50 Ratings
RaidCan

A dud album in my opinion, sorry...

I really wanted to like "Friends," because I love White Lies, but I just couldn't get in to it... Normally, I like at least 4-5 songs from a White Lies album, but this album offered virtually nothing worth purchasing to me. I could not debunk this verdict after listening to the full album 3 times in a row. A majority of the songs sound the same and are just as generic or uncreative as the title for this album. I heard they made "Friends" while transitioning to another label. If that's the case, I feel they were misguided in creating better/quality songs, because "Ritual" and "Big TV" were both amazing albums. Now, 3 years after, they seem to have lost there flavor with this fourth album. I dunno, maybe the songs will grow on me through future playthroughs and I will erase this review. Just my opinion though...I hope White Lies continues to make more music in the future.

Not worth -6.99

That's what I'm taking about!

White Lies really saved the best songs for the full album release. This album is a bit different from their others. This one is a bit more laid back and 80s pop feeling in a way, but not quite all the way. It's definitely unique and different from their other albums, while at the same time retaining the definitive White Lies sound. Though there are a couple songs that don't blow me away (they aren't bad, they just don't stand out to me or seem to repetitive, or both), the others more than compensate. Big TV was my favorite album, however, now I feel that this album has reached a tie with it, but with a different sound and style. Fantastic album and addictive new sound!

BLSchaap

A little disappointed

I was really excited to hear White Lies finally released a new album. After listening to this album I'm disappointed cause I don't hear the driving base that the band used to have. I really want to like it. Their first album was my favorite and I saw them open for King of Leon in Dallas back in 2009 and was a instant fan when I heard "Death" and "EST" and just about every song on that first release. A must buy!
Imo they need to go back to their beginning sound. It's gritty with Killer Base and awesome vocals.
I have all their albums and EP...this latest one I'm mixed about. Maybe it will grow on me in time but sounds really poppy. Guys, you can do much better... add in more driving base to some of these songs and even they will be much better.

About White Lies

A dark-edged trio hailing from London, White Lies take sonic cues from the likes of Joy Division, the Teardrop Explodes, and Echo & the Bunnymen. Indeed, the three musicians are so committed to the U.K.'s post-punk scene that they signed with Fiction Records, a Polydor imprint best known for its '80s releases by the Cure and the Associates. While attending school in West London, singer/guitarist Harry McVeigh, bassist/lyricist Charles Cave, and drummer/keyboardist Jack Lawrence-Brown formed the group in 2004 under the name Fear of Flying. After releasing two neo-Brit-pop singles on the Young and Lost Club label in 2006 -- "Routemaster" (produced by Brit-pop mainstay Stephen Street) and "Three's a Crowd" -- the trio changed musical directions, adopted a new name, adapted a more somber group persona, and began creating doomy material like the funereal murder ballad "Unfinished Business" and the self-explanatory "Death."

Following the release of the Nick Cave-like "Unfinished Business" in April 2008, the trio made its television debut on Later with Jools Holland and began recording a debut album with producers Ed Buller and Max Dingel. "Death" was released as a single in September 2008, coinciding with the trio's first headlining tour of the U.K. The band released its debut full-length, To Lose My Life..., the following year. The album debuted at number one on the U.K. charts. The band set off on a dizzying world tour, crossing the U.S., Europe, and Japan and hitting major festivals like Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, and Coachella along the way. With such a rigorous touring schedule, the bandmembers found writing difficult, but they eventually made it back into the studio after doing a stadium tour in support of Muse. Finally able to record, White Lies released their second album, Ritual, in early 2011. Buoyed by the single "Bigger Than Us," the album hit number three in the U.K. and reached number 14 on the Billboard Top Alternative Albums chart stateside.

In 2013, after an extended hiatus from touring and recording, White Lies returned with their third studio effort, Big TV. The album found the band reuniting with producer Buller, and featured the singles "There Goes Our Love Again" and "First Time Caller." Well received, Big TV hit number four on the U.K. album charts. It would be a further three-year wait until the trio's fourth effort, 2016's Friends. The band self-produced the album, which was recorded at Bryan Ferry's private studio in Kensington, West London. A European tour was scheduled in the autumn and winter of the same year to promote the new record. ~ Stewart Mason

ORIGIN
London, England
FORMED
2004

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