Friends is the fourth studio album by English indie rock band White Lies.
London trio White Lies have divided opinion since their debut, ‘To Lose My Life. was released in 2009. Over the course of the two albums that followed, White Lies moulded their sound into something less intentionally gloomy. That trend continues on album four, ‘Friends’
First problem with the album is a strange choice of singles, the lead single "Take It Out on Me" is a decent poppy track in the vein of album's previous lead single, but the chorus does not hit as hard. And God knows why "Come On" was even chosen as a single, on paper it seems like a great track with s nice build up and a big hook to follow, but the execution ultimately falls short.
White Lies are an English post-punk band from Ealing, London. Formerly known as Fear of Flying, the core band members are Harry McVeigh (lead vocals, guitar), Charles Cave (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Jack Lawrence-Brown (drums).
tried-and-true White Lies formula. with more than a touch of menace to Harry McVeigh’s vocals. McVeigh’s talents as a singer are considerable and, for the most part, it feels as if they go underused on Friends, partly because the arrangements seldom call for him to really soar and partly because bassist Charles Cave fails to provide him with much in the way of inspired lyricism. Consequently, 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.