|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|
|10. Untitled 1|
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
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.
The comparisons to Coldplay and in terms of the high tenor vocals, Travis are rightminded but not wholely explanitory. Keane sounds vaguely like both but resides clearly in the middle ground between the two. All three have natural pop sensability but Coldplay has mastered it to the delight of college students and TRL veiwers everywhere. Keane strikes tender balance between the pure "U2 pop" of Coldplay and the "Why wait for tomorrow when I could kill myself now-Pop" of Travis. Keane's album is about heartbreak but their taking it pretty well. Where Travis becomes sad and Coldplay waxes epic, Keane seems overly dramatic.
There are copius references to waking, light, and sleep pointing towards a simplistic metaphor of love and heartbreak. They continue to riff on these dramatic characterizations of love throughout the album and some of their chord progressions seem more reminisant of Broadway than of Oasis. There are some tracks that survive the showtune treatment and shine. "Somewhere Only We Know" is the obvious single and despite its troubling placement as track one remains a good song. "Everybody's Changing" has by far the most infectious piano riff on the entire album but the chorus is a near let down. The true mastery of Keane comes across in "She Has No Time".Read more ›
I bought this CD based on
a) the price caught my attention as i am always looking for cool new bands for a cheap price
b) the sticker on the wrapper said the word that I always associate with cool music "anthemic".
I was disappointed with this CD from the getgo. I was expecting something great. What I got was something to keep on the shelf to gather dust. The CD is good for about the first listen, but then you can just put it back. I love Coldplay and Radiohead but let me tell you Keane is nothing like them. They're closer to a modern Beatles, than anything. If you want a good cheap CD to listen to over and over again buy something like Radiohead's "Hail to the Thief" or something. That is a good album!
But don't take my word for it, its not a bad album. It warrants the 3 stars I gave it. A more accurate grade would be a:
7/10 or a B-
Maybe you got the feeling that me, like others, want everyone to hate Keane. This is not so; as I said before, there is potential here and 3 amazing tracks. However, to respond to your question "what constitutes soul?" there is not way to define that with words (there is, but it'd be too long).
Instead, I beg you to download The Shins' "Chutes Too Narrow" or Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi Battles...". Here you will find pop's immediacy, hooks, universal lyrics, and great singing. All the components Keane supposedly has. There I hope you find "soul"; not in order to never listen to Keane again, but just so that you can get my point.
PD. The attacks to people who didn't like this cd were unnecessary. Some may be snobs, but some others (like myself) didn't like Hopes and Fears, plain and simple. The idea of this is for possible buyers to read both sides of a coin.