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Hopes And Fears


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  • Audio CD (May 25 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000268QB2
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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"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

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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 down to the band's relatively unusual make-up: rather than guitars, the trio use 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


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Raul Molina on June 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ok, Keane is a good band, very good indeed if you're into "the new Britpop" (i.e. Coldplay, Doves, Elbow, Franz Ferdinand, etc). But don't get mistaken. They are NOT like Coldplay. Here, a few good reasons to give Keane a try on your CD player:
a. Singer is far more better than Coldplay's would ever be.
b. Music is less pretentious, gloomy or depresive (so, don't expect anything like "The Bends" from Radiohead).
c. They are very "shiny" in their mood, and that's a strong point!!(play attention to the programming and some "electronic" effects. There's no abuse, so calm down, just like Munson does).
d. There's no guitar. I couldn't ever notice that, but, anyway, no one is gonna miss its sound.
Finally, we are, PERHAPS, in front of the birth of another great british pop band. It's just question to wait for their second CD. Remind me of Travis in their best moments ("Why does it always rain on me" and, namely, "Turn" and "Sing", very up tunes). So if liked "The man who", try this CD. But, if you're new into britsh pop, don't forget this: The Simths are the cathedral, Keane is a nice and little church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 10 2005
Format: Audio CD
I first heard these guys playing on One Tree Hill, I liked their sound, but was weary of buying the album. I took the chance on them and I can't believe how amazing they are! They have a completely different sound, and the fact that it's all achieved using a voice, drums and piano make it so much more amazing. I enjoy rock music, but you don't miss any of the instruments that aren't present at all.
You'll really enjoy them! Take a leap of faith!
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Why is it that critics don't make a big deal out of albums that have guitars but no keyboards, but when a recording has keyboards only, it creates a stir? Such reviewers are obviously ignorant of the history of rock 'n roll which began with both piano and guitar working together equally. Keane's lack of noisy electric guitars and acoustic guitars, with all their irritating squeaky chord changes, is very refreshing. Clean, crisp, smooth organs, pianos, and synthesizers churning out rich, original tunes. The singer has a beautiful voice - certainly not as gifted as Josh Groban's, but much more pleasant to listen to than Coldplay's frontman's falsetto. With all the melody-deprived R&B and sampling-loaded hip hop dominating the airwaves in recent years, this is a welcome return to pop music the way it should be. This is the best album I've heard in a long, long time. Original tunes that are inspiring, uplifting, and soothing, with "Everybody's Changing" being one of my favourite songs of all-time. This CD is absolutely brilliant, an essential item to anyone who loves excellent music.
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By Linda on June 16 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to Keane back in October 2003 when they opened up for Travis in Toronto. I was instantly drawn into their music and was amazed by how full they sounded live with only a piano, drums and vocals. After that show I wanted to find out everything I could about Keane, but unfortunately they didn't have any albums out yet. As soon as the album came out in May 2004, I bought it and even caught them live again at a small club gig in June. Over a year later and I still haven't stopped listening to the album. Every song on the album is beautiful and magical. My favourites are "Somewhere Only We Know", "Everybody's Changing", "We Might As Well Be Strangers", "Can't Stop Now" and "Bedshaped". There's something about Tom Chaplin's voice that's very uplifting and gives me chills every time I hear it. And if you think the album is good, I highly recommend you check out a Keane gig...now that's perfection! I'm looking forward to hearing what they come up with on their next album. But in the meantime, everybody go get "Hopes and Fears" now!
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By B. Harris on July 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
What a pleasant surprise it was to find this band. Having read a couple of reviews (not on Amazon, thank goodness, judging from some of what I have read here), I was intriguied by the sound a band with only a keyboardist/bassist and drummer filling up the musical holes would sound like.
They sound pretty amazing, actually.
This is one of the finest pop debuts I have heard in a while. In terms of hooks and song arrangements, "Hopes and Fears" far surpasses other "newer" bands such as the Shins and the Strokes (not that I am comparing keane's sound with those two acts.) While we're talking about "sound", I might as well get this out of the way. Of course the Travis-Coldplay references are going to be inevitable. Any band today which relies on anthemic arranegements, heartfelt lyrics and a preponderance of keyboards is bound to get lumped in with those two bands. I find the comparisons to Colplay pretty limited, the ones to Travis a little more so. The one band *I* kept thinking of while going through this CD, and which I am surprised no one else has mentioned, is A-Ha, particularly their later period material. Both singers have excellent voices and very good range, and the songwriting styles are quite similar.
But, anyway, enough of that. The album, itself, is very good. Keane isn't exactly exploring new territory here, and their sound may sound juxtaposed with a thousand other bands. But is that really a bad thing? There are times when the experimental side of me wants to listen to kid A or something similar, but there are other times when I just want a nice, accessible pop album. And Keane certainly delivers there.
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