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Is it any wonder Keane sell so many records...,
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This review is from: Is It Any Wonder (Audio CD)
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.