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Is It Any Wonder [Single, Maxi]

Keane Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (29 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000FIMHDU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,708 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

KEANE Is It Any Wonder? (2006 UK 3-track CD single - the 1st single to be taken from their 2nd album Under The Iron Sea and includes 2 Exclusive Recordings Let It Slide and He Used To Be A Lovely Boy presented in a 100% biodegradable and carbon neutral digipak picture sleeve CID934)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it any wonder Keane sell so many records... 13 Jun 2006
By C. Page
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a great single, sounding different with the guitar-style riff, yet still typically Keane. This single is more upbeat and punchy than stuff off Hopes and Fears. So now that the album is out, why buy the single? Well.. buy it for the second track, 'Let it Slide'. This is a great song (sounding strangely like "A-ha" in the bridge?!) and it is a mark of Keane's prolific output that they can afford to leave songs of this quality off the album. The third offering "He used to be a lovely boy" is a nice ballad, and quite reminiscent of a Paul McCartney song. And I don't make this comparison lightly, since I believe Keane's ability to construct beautiful songs is not a million miles away from the Beatles legend.

It's the LACK of guitar and the piano-led melodies that DO give Keane an original and defining sound. And far from them being dull and fading into obscurity, I believe that, despite great popularity, their true brilliance has yet to be fully appreciated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Evolution Of Sound 30 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
After Hopes and Fears I wondered where Keane could go next. Would they retain their mellow and melloncollie sound,

sticking to the basic piano sounds or would they expand their sonic pallette with synths and guitars?

Well. Thankfully, they chose the latter option. Is It Any Wonder? explodes with a synth emulating a guitar riff.

t is delay and phaser ridden and sounds euphoric and explosive, the comparisons to U2 however are quite true. It does sound a lot like Achtung Baby era U2 but is much louder.

The rest of the song is sung excellently with some intresting lyrics eg: "Nothing left inside this lonely cathedrial, only side lonely spires".

The B-Sides are also excellent and could be good album tracks. "Let It Slide" begins with an intresting piano + violin introdution and then proceeds into the typical Keane verses. The chorus is however brilliant and very uplifiting. Tom Chaplin's voice reaching a pitch unheard of this side of puberty.

"He Used To Be A Lovely Boy", with a slightly camp title, the song is a subdued and un-produced affair. Simply some piano and remorseful singing from Chaplin.

In all. A good effort from Keane, it's a bright future for them and as long as they continue in being consistantly good then they will survive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better 23 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Love this. Love the intro and the urgency thing that Keane are good at. Looking forward to the album even more now
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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When I first heard of Keane early 2004, I couldn't make up my mid whether I was a fan or not. Granted I sang their songs all the time, without thinking about it, but I wasn't sure what to make of them as a band. Maybe I thought it wasn't 'cool' to like them, who knows?

Anyway, all of that changed when I heard this song - it made me a fan. The synthesized guitar-riff at the beginning had me thinking, 'this sounds so cool'. Very different in a good way.

The lyrics are deep, if you listen carefully. I've read the lyrics are about war, which makes sense. Tom's vocals and the piano twinkling in the background, plus drums and lack of guitar make this band special. No wonder they are so popular and albums sell by truckloads. May they continue to produce good music of this quality:)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keane with attitude 5 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Wow. I've heard this on the radio several times now, and it's powerful stuff. While still quite recognisably Keane in terms of sound and emotional impact, 'Is It Any Wonder?', rather than tending towards the melancholy, simply oozes anger! On first hearing I almost felt scared - it was like being shouted at constantly for three minutes - but I quickly began to appreciate it for the remarkable effort it is. There may not be much variety, but I'm sure that's deliberate; the music and the vocals combine to create a clear impression of someone well and truly blowing their top - and there's a certain sharpness about the lyrics (not always Keane's greatest strength). Now I really can't wait for the new album, 'Under the Iron Sea'; I love Keane so much already, and 'Hopes and Fears' is such a hard act to follow, but if even half the tracks display the increased depth of 'Is It Any Wonder?', we're in for a real treat. Well done, Tom, Tim and Richard!
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