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Day & Age
Day & Age
Offered by DGR Film
Price: £2.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ages better just like wine, I was converted within a Day, 30 Nov 2008
This review is from: Day & Age (Audio CD)
Theres nothing better then Quirky lyrics, Brandon's vocals, superb guitar sequences and mindblowing drums.

The album opens with stellar songs and traditional Killer esq tracks.

High tempo rhythm and beats (including the return of Brass instruments) and of course lyrics that only Brandon can write. Where else will you get songs about Alien abduction, Tigers and Domestic abuse in 'This Is Your Life'

Losing Touch, Human and Spaceman will really excite existing fans as they are `Sam's Town meets Hot Fuss' at their best. If the album continued in that vein, I'm sure I would have given this album 6/5 and been raving to the heavens.

Clearly the band know what defines them as they have chosen to release the above tracks as their first singles from this album.

But (and this clearly has upset some fans) for the remainder of the album (except for Neon Tiger) they chose to give us a rendition of X-Factor, Killers style.

Starting with the exceptional Joyride (Has Jenny gone to Mexico?) they literally try their hand at a couple of sub-genres.

It may take a little time to get used to this shift in style and tempo, but if your as good as The Killers you can pull this off and they ultimately do succeed.

While you will instantly fall in love with the piano Ballard `A Crippling Blow'. Songs like `A Dustland Fairytale', 'I Can't Stay' and `The World We Live In' will need time to grow and they do. In the process showcasing how much range The Killers have.

It seems whatever they try their hand at; be it fast disco pop or slower rock, use quirky themes or simple love songs, modern Killer synth rock or 80's throw back.... It's all good (But is it great?)

I don't know why. But everyone of these `later album tracks' seems to trigger thoughts of `where have I heard this before?'

For example the way Brandon's vocals resonate in `I can't Stay' reminds me of Keane's third album.
And the bonus track `Forget About What I Said' is like Bloc Party meets The Libertines

The only track that really fails to ignite any flames is the really slow but emotional 'Goodnight, Travel Well'.

If someone asked me to recommend an album to showcase 'the best of modern (soft) rock'. I'll recommend Day & Age

Perfect Symmetry
Perfect Symmetry
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £3.75

42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An experimental album beginning with a big bang and ending perfectly, 5 Oct 2008
This review is from: Perfect Symmetry (Audio CD)
Perfect Symmetry moves Keane firmly out of the background and into the foreground.

A perfect blend of the few high tempo hits from `Under the Iron Sea' and the more relaxing ballad's of `Hopes and Fears'.

Almost a perfect album starting with the potential hits (Spiralling, Lovers are Losing and Better Than This.) followed by a string of complementary tracks; ending with a run of three very different, but wonderful tracks.

The title track `Perfect Symmetry' demonstrates perfectly how each element of the Band has evolved from the last album. Much has been made of the inclusion of the guitar, but its Tom's vocals that define the Music of Keane. If you are in doubt, listen to the demo tracks on the 2-disc edition.

The album has the overall feel of being `Very 80's' in tempo and while the music is still based around the piano, there is more integration between the drums, guitar and computerised samples.

The only thing preventing me giving this album 5 star is the slightly disjointed middle section.

`Again and Again' lifts the mood after the nice heart-felt ballad `You Don't See Me'. But the flow is again broken by the only disappointing track on the album `Playing Along' which, should have been replaced by the Bands other new slow tempo b-side/bonus track called 'My Shadow' or maybe a studio version of Early Winter.

But don't worry, the final three tracks provides the perfect ending, culminating with `Love Is the End'.

It must also be noted that the single version of `Spiralling' differs very slightly to the album version.

It's not Keane as we know them, but yet distinct and different enough to fill another gap in the market.

Anyone who enjoyed 'All the Lost Souls' by James Blunt should consider this,
as should any followers of The Killers, who are discontented by 'Day and Age'.
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