As a reviewer of the previous Keane album said, they could play the whole CD from beginning to end...and I totally concurred with that assessment. I immsensely enjoyed "Hopes & Fears".
After hearing Keane play a track on this album on Jay Leno I eagerly went to buy Iron Sea.
I have to say, I am dissappointed. Though this album is good, the previous is great. This album had a few good tracks, but I am not playing it from beginning to end, and it's already "sitting somewhere" on my CD rack.
The previous album had a different sound, theme, emotions for each track and it really showed their depth as artists. I felt this album, they just released while they were still "hot" or had enough money thrown at them by their record company to make a follow-up...not bad, but not spectacular.
But this album if you are a hardcore fan, or else just buy your favourite individual tracks.