Up front, I'll just say that I am not wild about Under the Iron Sea, and I regard Spiralling with extreme suspicion. So why am I reviewing a Keane single? Quite simply because Hopes and Fears was a magnificent album, an almost perfect pop masterpiece. Tom's voice was pure and soaring, the piano was crisp and clean, and there was endless amounts of wistful lovelorn hope. Somewhere only we know came out prior to Hopes and fears, and it contains some real surprises. "Somewhere only we know" itself is a great track, but familiar to all who have the album. The other songs, Walnut Tree and Snowed in are both classics. Snowed Under is good enough to have been a lead single from an album on its own right; Walnut Tree is a poppy but somewhat sad down-tempo vibe filled song, once more wtih a memorable melody and chorus that makes you want to take Tom aside and reassure him that things will be ok for him! The lack of inclusion of these two tracks on the album has always been a puzzlement to me, and is probably a testament to the very productive time that they were having during these sessions.
If you love that original sound and are less enthusiastic about the darker turn that the boys have taken on Under the Iron Sea, then rush out and get this fantastic little single. If you dislike melodic pop, well produced and sung, then better stay away from this one.