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Editors’ Notes

All hail the 1980s? Well, the UK’s Keane have plugged in their retro synthesizers and written a handful of tunes (“Spiralling,” “The Lovers Are Losing,” “You Haven’t Told Me Anything”) that recall the pure synth-pop bliss of that era with lots of exaggerated productions. Keane keep a tighter grip on the production end, never allowing a reverb to swallow them. Their third album, 2008’s Perfect Symmetry, was recorded in Paris, London, and Berlin, with a variety of producers stopping by for input (Jon Brion, Stuart Price) on this self-produced excursion into a new Keane. This “new” Keane revel in the upbeat propulsion of “Better Than This” that allows singer Tom Chaplin to shriek in mock falsetto and generally play up the festive atmosphere where once brooding might have taken hold. And this all-keyboard band even adds some guitars in spots; they temper the mood a tad. The title track still swoons with a gravitas and a sense of personal mission: “I shake through the wreckage for signs of life.” The closing ballad, “Love is the End,” puts a gripping final nail into love’s endless cycle of hope and defeat.

Customer Reviews

not their best

I am a HUGEE keane fan and I was dissapointed when I heard this album... Most of the songs are like 8O's wannabes. In 'Spiralling' the music seems like it's too slow... However, 3 of they're songs are like the old ones: Perfect Symmetry Black Burning Heart and Love is the End. The lyrics 'Who are you, what are you living for?' is very beautiful (in Perfect Symmetry). Buy those 3 songs, but if you like that loud 8O's music, buy the whole album. Peace Outee Treehugger21

A truly wonderful listening experience

I have a difficult time expressing in words how I feel about this album, but I'll give it a try anyway. My initial thoughts after listening to this album for the first time was not very receptive, only because the sound was completely different from what I was expecting to hear from a Keane album. After spending a week listening to this album alone in the car, I find myself wishing for traffic and frequent red lights to prolong my listening experience. You must listen to this album 2 or 3 time before it "clicks" and truly appreciate the wonderfully intense sounds and strong yet humbling melodies. I will never doubt another Keane album again...I was happily mistaken.


This album takes a step away from the band's previous albums. It's more upbeat and there's more synth. Up to you to decide. Personally i liked the melodies and styles from H&F more than from this album. Nonetheless, this album shows how Keane has evolved over the years. They are still an amazing band, maybe I'm just not used to their new style. Tom's voice is still amazing, just different amazing. The band is still amazing.


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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