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Under The Iron Sea

Keane Audio CD
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If U2 hadn't already released a pair of career retrospective discs, this British trio's second album would neatly do the trick in one. Not much of a surprise since Keane spent a good deal of time supporting Bono and company following the release their breakthrough debut, Hopes and Fears. From the melancholic "Crystal Ball" to the sinisterly beautiful "Is It Any Wonder?" (a blatant homage to "Zoo Station"), Keane have perfected their forebear's dark stadium-rock formula on their second album, all the more miraculous considering it was once again done without guitars. If Under the Iron Sea sounds considerably edgier than its predecessor, that's because it was recorded while the band was on the verge of splitting. But the friction has also given Keane a renewed sense of purpose, breaking the mid-tempo monotony with vibrant material such as "Nothing in My Way" and "Try Again": soaring songs that make the band sound unsinkable. --Aidin Vaziri

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"Keane sounds like U2". "Keane sounds like Radiohead". "Keane sounds like Coldplay". "Keane's first album was better". "Keane is MOR for 30-somethings."

Come on people, quit fussing over trivialities and pointless comparisons. Resist the perverse need to pigeon-hole. Truth is, Keane shares both an atmospheric pop sound and a uniformly serious tone with the likes of U2, Radiohead and Coldplay, but having said that, so what?

Listen to the absolute crap that is shoved at the "kid demographic" and therefore dominates cd sales and ends up on the charts - then listen to the artists who are making great pop and rock music these days. Isn't it enough that Keane is out there doing their thing?

Their first record is great, and this one is very good, and still growing on me.

All in, I'm glad Keane's around - I love their sound. If it also feels good to you to listen to Keane, then do that. Support and enjoy true talent wherever you find it - it is and always has been a rare thing in any endeavor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keane's fairytale return isn't Grimm June 25 2006
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Keane’s first album “Hopes and Fears” went eight times platinum in the UK and scored gold in the USA, thanks to huge hit ballads like “Everybody’s Changing”, “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Bend and Break”. This follow up album changes the formula completely, and although a great effort musically and lyrically, it doesn’t have a similar number of radio-friendly pop songs like its predecessor. If this will affect sales will soon be known, but fans of the group will continue to be impressed by their sheer musical genius, the songs this time being heavily infused with electronica for a darker sound than ever before. Sounding more like Enigma in places, with large spoonfuls of U2 and Queen thrown in for good measure, this album isn’t as instantly likeable like the first, but grows on you after a few repeats.

First single and lead off track “Atlantic” has an incredible drum effect running through it and some terrific lyrics – “And if I need anything at all / I need a place that's hidden in the deep / Where lonely angels sing you to your sleep / Though all the world is broken”

Second single and track “Is It Any Wonder” is the song most likely to succeed on radio, especially with its political theme, commenting on the contributions of the British to the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pet Shop Boys also have a similar (but more irreverently outspoken) track on their album “Fundamental”, and The Dixie Chicks take on the matter is also well known.

The best track on the album in my opinion is “Nothing In My Way”, a ballad inspired by Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and composed by Tim Rice-Oxley, the band’s piano man.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hoped & Feared... July 25 2006
By Bonger
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Play it again Aug. 8 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD on first lisen is disapointing, however I have played it many times and the whole CD grows on you. I bought an extra copy and took it to my friends in Mexico last week and they loved it from the get go. I think tracks 2, 4, 5, and 6 are very good as is track 9. Overall the CD is not as good as the first, however the first was a master. This CD is worth the money and give it 4 or 5 lisens and I am sure you will not only like it but see that the this band has staying power.

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