11 Songs, 44 Minutes

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.

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.

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