The epic new wave grandeur of the eighties was revived at the start of this century/millennium, but the torch has been particularly carried by England’s White Lies. Their fifth album, FIVE, does grow the sound somewhat, even if it works best when they deliver their classic style.
Opener/single “Time to Give” sees the band up their keyboards – and their running time, at over seven-and-a-half minutes. But the real standouts are White Lies’ take on new wave, whether the brightening glow of “Never Alone” or the call “Tokyo”. Their ‘big sound’ dominates the record, including the rock of “Jo” and pressing epic “Believe It”.
Once upon a time, there were lots of acts doing the new new wave, but time has moved on and now synthesizers are for sampling and dance beats. But White Lies keep riding the crest of their wave.