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Hopes & Fears
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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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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.
You'll really enjoy them! Take a leap of faith!
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.Read more ›
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Great to have this album back. I misplaced my first copy. This hasn't been off my CD player since receiving it! Good stuff!Published on Oct. 8 2009 by G. Belsher
This is most probably my favorite band at the time being. This album is just great and flows so well... It's one of those albums that you can hear from beginning to end. Read morePublished on April 28 2006 by Carla Saliba
I was first introduced to Keane by my boyfriend, who listens to primarily techno music. This is not techno, but it just shows that it appeals to everyone! Read morePublished on March 13 2006
took me a while to like and find out about these guys... but i love Keane... it really depends what mood ur in... and their music absolutely fits my state of mind right now... Read morePublished on June 30 2005 by Ok_Lai
To sum it up, this album is well worth the purchse. For Keane's first release, it definitely impresses. Read morePublished on June 7 2005
Response to: "I bought the CD for the first song. My initial feeling was that tracks 1 and 3 were great, the rest were just average. Read morePublished on May 13 2005 by Steven L. Cesca
This album is soothing and has a certain chill out factor one needs from time to time. Apparently, they are a part of a Britpop rebirth. Read morePublished on April 30 2005 by Shane
An amazingly beautiful album. The vocals, the piano work, eveything makes the album very warm and beutiful. Read morePublished on April 9 2005 by Wil K