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Editors’ Notes

Plaintive pianos aside, Keane’s sound has as much in common with the mournful British synth-pop duos of the ’80s as it does fellow piano-led indie rockers like Coldplay. Their best songs—“This Is the Last Time,” “Bend & Break”—start quietly with a soft, introspective verse, in which Tim Rice-Oxley’s stately piano acts as a melancholy foil to Tom Chaplin’s worried tenor. When it all blossoms into an ecstatic, sky-bound chorus, it’s as if the sun has come out, rewarding doubt with blessed relief.

Customer Reviews

The Best Brit-Pop Band Around

Keane. I wonder what it means. I"m only ten, so maybe it's a word I've never heard of. It reminds me of a maple leaf. Okay, enough about that stuff, let's get to the review! My title pretty much tells all I have to say. The only other thing I can think of doing is giving you the key tracks. Okay, I find the little stickers on albums that say the key tracks very useful. Right now I'll be that sticker and give them to you. Key tracks in order of greatness: 1. Everbodys Changing 2. Somewhere Only We Know 3. We Might As Well Be Strangers Alright, that's my opinion, so you son't have to follow what I said. Okay, bye.

Keane can stand by themselves

Here is what Keane and Coldplay have in common: 1. They're both English. 2. They use pianos. 3. They write their own songs. 4. I love them both. Yes, it is a huge compliment to be compared to Coldplay, and chances are if you like one, you will definitely like the other. But Keane should be appreciated on its own merits. The album is strong, the lyrics profound, and the melodies inspired. Keane hooked me with Everybody's Changing and reeled me in with Bedshaped, but my true favourite is Your Eyes Open. As a lyrically driven, discerning Brit-pop connoisseur (and diehard Coldplay fan), I fully recommend this album, on the grounds that one can play it over and over for hours and never get tired of it.

My first review

If you're anything like me, you don't take a five star rating too seriously...people will give five stars to just about anything...look at some obscure Jimmy Cliff bootleg on iTunes and you might see a five star rating. So to express how sincere this five star is, I can say I have never written a review for iTunes and I would certainly not classify myself as someone to give a five star rating lightly. Ok. Now that I've said that, I have to tell you that this album is a five star (as in best I've ever heard) and it gives me the chills every time I put it on. There's at least five songs that I can't believe were actually written by human beings and not angels...they write from the heart of a particular feeling and state of mind that transcends language and culture. It's genuine emotion and talent. It's great songwriting. Not just great songwriting...amongst the best songwriting I've ever heard. The lyrics are so honest and they are like a good friend when you're lovesick...or heartbroken...or lonely. This album is flawless, in my humble opinion. I'm very appreciative to own it and I'm happily eager to recommend it to the world.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in East Battle, Sussex, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Keane's piano-driven pop/rock is created by vocalist Tom Chaplin, drummer Richard Hughes, and pianist Tim Rice-Oxley, three childhood friends from the small town of Battle in East Sussex, England. Formed in 1997, the group started out as a college-aged cover band. Guitarist Dominic Scott was also part of this early incarnation, having previously played cover songs with Hughes and Rice-Oxley in a band named the Lotus Eaters. Keane toured the East Sussex circuit for several years while internalizing...
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