White Lies – Five

Almost three years on from last album ‘Friends’, the once tipped for the top White Lies return with their fifth album and a seemingly reinvigorated creative sense of ambition.  At best when focused on moody synths and post-punk landscapes (‘Time to go’, the albums standout, and ‘Never Alone’) Five is a dark, accessible, record nudging the White Lies simultaneously towards introspective narratives and a more approachable sound.  A few misfires aside (‘Finish me’ and ‘Kick me’), which are regrettable in their proximity to the guitar-driven electronic meandering of ‘The flood’ era Take That, this is an album which sees the White Lies return to sparkling form.