Hopes And Fears
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Hopes And Fears

10 Feb 2014

7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
Somewhere Only We Know
This Is The Last Time
Bend & Break
We Might As Well Be Strangers
Everybody's Changing
Your Eyes Open
She Has No Time
Can't Stop Now
Untitled 1

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  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.
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  • Total Length: 44:46
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,844 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous! 30 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
Stop comparing them with other bands because Keane's music is so distinguished from the rest, you wont believe how good they are! Tom Chaplin's voice is heavenly, the music arrangement is superb, I agree they are like a breath of fresh air in indie music.This is my album of the century! Isn't it great to fall in love again?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near-Perfect Debut 15 May 2004
By Alf Fly
Format:Audio CD
It's appropriate that this album is called Hopes And Fears, because I approached it with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Having bought and loved the band's initial single releases, could this album possibly live up to the expectations I had for it? The answer: very nearly. Certainly the piano-led tracks are a pleasant change in the current guitar-centric climate of indie music, and the quality of the songs is, for the most part, extremely high. The album loses its way somewhat on the penultimate track Untitled 1, which is probably the most uptempo track but which seems directionless and more than a little incongruous for that. The single releases are largely representative of the album's quality; standout track for me, though, is the beautiful, lilting She Has No Time, a song which tests lead singer Tom Chaplin's soaring falsetto to the extreme, and does not find him wanting.
I'm still unsure whether the album will bear up to repeated listening, but at the moment I'm enjoying a wonderfully-written, heartfelt album by what I expect to become the biggest Indie crossover success since Coldplay.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY KEANE INDEED ON THE BEST ALBUM OF 2004! 13 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Keane's debut album, Hopes & Fears, sounds like an instant classic. All of the tunes are quite simply brilliant, from the melodic Somewhere Only We Know (Track 1) right through until the emotional rollercoaster which is far many their best song, Bedshaped (Track 12). The only way that they could have improved this album would have been to put on it their excellent b-sides Snowed Under and To The Ends Of The Earth. But by their absence from the album it demonstrates the quality of the tracks that Keane have on the album itself. My personal favourite is Can't Stop Now, with its insistent beating rhythm and personal lyrics. It is my tip to be a single, as it sounds brilliant on the radio! And all this without a guitar anywhere... When Keane can use the booming piano and synthesizers of Tim Rice-Oxley, the thumping & pounding drums of Richard Hughes, and the soaring angelic Chris Martin/Aha..esque vocals of Tom Chaplin, what are guitars again? Must have album of the year! Buy it! Five Stars! *****
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Coldplay comparisons 4 Oct 2005
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Keane often get labelled boring, sub-Coldplay whiners without guitars, yet this stunning album shows how great pop music can be without an electric guitar in sight. The simplicity of the songs is their strength and if Keane started overlaying too many additional instruments it would ruin the harmony of Tom's great voice. I think this is worth buying for any real music fan who wants to hear something that is not as rocked out as standard indie fare, but has more genuine feeling than most bands can muster in a lifetime of recording.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 24 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely loved this album, and I would not hesitate to buy another of Keane's records. I think they may have been slightly unfairly compared to Coldplay, as they have a slightly more upbeat repertoire of songs.
I do, however, get annoyed by the excessive amount of breathing into the microphone, especially on "She has no time".
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 27 Jan 2005
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At first glance, it is easy to say Keane's debut album 'Hopes and Fears' is simply a collection of tender, heartfelt songs. While there is no doubting that the songs are indeed that, a more deeper delve into the lyrics reveal a subtle yet significant concept album. Maybe not on par with the prog rock genius of Pink Floyd for example, but this album is a wonderful take on the Hopes and Fears that all of us experience.
What makes the lyrics special is that they are universal. There is no mention of anyones name or of places. It is all told with 'he, she, us, them' which makes is easy to relate to. And the masterstroke is the different takes on situations. This is not told from any one persons point of view.
Let's start of with the sublime 'Bedshaped'. The song itself goes through two very different, yet understandable, emotions experienced at the end, or near-end, of a relationship. It starts off with the beautiful recollection of past times: "Many's the time I ran with you down / The rainy roads of our old town / Many's the lives we lived in each day / And buried altogether." The lyrics then take on a more darker view: "You will follow me make with the sun in your eyes and on your own / Beshaped and legs of stone." It's a wonderful piece of writing echoed by a stunning piano melody.
Then there are other perspectives. 'On A Day Like Today' gives us the tale of a love that is kept hidden: "If you only knew the way I feel / I'd really love to tell you / But I can never find the words to say."
'She has no time' is told from the point of view of (possibbly) a friend comforting another, or maybe just a shared experience: "My heart opens up to you / When she say she has no time for you now.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thankfully NOT Coldplay 22 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If I had read reviews likening Keane to Coldplay I would never have gone near this album. For me, Coldplay are a symptom of the sad state of music today - that such a boring, uninspiring non-event of a band could end up at the top of the commercial heap is out of my comprehension.
Luckily, Keane and this album are altogether different. For a start, in Tom Chaplin Keane have a great, versatile voice capable of projecting the songs' abundant emotions with both strength and delicacy. Although quite unique, in different places his singing reminds me of several other good voices such as Morten Harket of A-ha, particularly regarding the range, and mid/late-80s Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers (the track Untitled I could be that very band from that era). The melodies, bridges and other changes are interesting throughout this CD, and most amazingly for an album today I don't feel the urge to skip any songs. On the contrary, even if I've just enjoyed a favourite and wouldn't mind listening again, I'll wait for the disc to wrap. While obvious influences such as an occassional 80's U2-style piano riff may be present here and there, the band and album have a distinctive sound.
I also like the style of writing/lyric, where the exact meaning isn't clear, leaving the listener to interpret what the song is about.
To wrap up, this CD has rekindled my hopes for modern music. With a bit of luck the band will cope with success and go from strength to strength with an equally strong follow-up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Album
A really nice album that should be listened to whilst in the garden whilst relaxing, the songs are very well produced with a nice crisp tone/notes.
Published 8 days ago by lemonexit
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous !
My favourite Keane album, lots of really meaningful and rythmic numbers. Something to play again and again without getting bored - great in the car on long journeys !
Published 11 days ago by L A Markham
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Of all the albums released by Keane over the last 10 years this one stands out as their best. Strangeland came close to the standard of Hopes and Fears but didn't quite equal this... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars great music.
thanks lovely music had played it a lot so great bargain its well worth money if anybody else needs buy from this person cheers.
Published 1 month ago by david john waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I have never purchased anything from this artist befor & found him brilliant. I play this cd all the time when driving its wonderful
Published 3 months ago by frances
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy listeneing
Excellent CD which I have on all the time in my car- relaxing music whilst I am driving is good
Published 4 months ago by Aileen Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album!
I love absolutely everything about this album. I am a great fan of the group, their music is wonderful and the lyrics are intelligent. Long live Keane!
Published 4 months ago by Svetlana Dent
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great album with classic tracks and a great group who go on and on making good listening --Thank heavens!! to murgatroid!!!!
Published 4 months ago by A. Radcliffe
1.0 out of 5 stars Fraud - wrong CD in case
They have put a Keane - Somewhere Only We Know single disk in the case instead of the Hopes and Fears album disk
Published 5 months ago by Craig Eastwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album!!
I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to be rating Kean or the seller here so I will do both.

The album is amazing, their best and probably one of my favourite albums in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth S Ballance
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