Not Just Any Lie, A White Lie
London trio White Lies (formerly Fear Of Flying) make a return to the studio with their latest offering simply called 'Friends', fronted by Harry Mcveigh and ably assisted by Charles Cave and Jack Brown.
After a 3 year hiatus 'Friends' could be the album to send them up the charts in 2016, with there feet firmly planted in and 80's electro feel similar to Gary Numan's "Cars".
This new album is not dissimilar to their old material it starts nicely with the upbeat 'Take It Out On Me', then returns to the old familiar White Lies sound of doom and gloom which draws certain comparisons to The Smiths, with lyrics such as "I'm in love with the feeling, of being used".
'Hold Back Your Love' takes us swiftly back to the 70's synth & disco sound. It's a difficult album to like maybe not be the phrase if you're a hard core White Lies fan but it balances precariously between being full of energy which then disappears quickly to tired and samey, so you could be forgiven for falling asleep after the opening track and awakening thinking you hadn't missed a track. Such is the format it seems to have been a hard transition between labels.
However, overall it's a likable album for the fans hoping the next album is exceptionally different.