Keane "Hopes and Fears" CD

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Keane – Hopes and Fears (CD)

It's perhaps inevitable that Keane's debut album, Hopes and Fears, will draw numerous comparisons to Coldplay. Like them, Keane were discovered by indie label Fierce Panda, who released a single ("Everybody's Changing"). And, like Coldplay, Keane also do a fine trade in catchy and heartfelt indie-pop, all bruised verses and soaring choruses. But though their sound is sure to please fans of Coldplay and Travis, the reality is that Keane manage to sound that little bit more delicate. This could be due to the band's relatively unusual makeup: rather than guitars, the trio uses a piano.

At its best, Hopes and Fears is reminiscent of Bends-era Radiohead, and singer Tom Chaplin's voice is closer to Thom Yorke's falsetto than Chris Martin's cracked whine. On tracks such as the hit single, "Somewhere Only We Know" they manage to squeeze an epic-sounding poignancy from their stripped-down sound (a lot of this is due to the album's superb production). Across 10 tracks, all this slow-burning melancholy skates a bit close to self-indulgence, and you can't help but wish they'd rock out a bit. But Hopes and Fears is still a remarkable and surprisingly mature debut album from a young band with a bright future. --Robert Burrow

"Keane reconfigures the high-romantic aesthetic introduced by Radiohead and mainstreamed by Coldplay as the launchpad for a serious hookfest" -- Rolling Stone, June 10, 2004

 

Tracks:

  1. Somewhere Only We Know
  2. This Is the Last Time
  3. Bend and Break
  4. We Might as Well Be Strangers
  5. Everybody’s Changing
  6. Your Eyes Open
  7. She Has No Time
  8. Can’t Stop Now
  9. Sunshine
  10. Untitled 1
  11. Bedshaped

 

Format: CD
Artist: Keane
Release Date: May 10, 2004
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