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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic maturity, 3 Dec 2006
This review is from: Under the Iron Sea (Audio CD)
I have listened to this album hundreds of times now and am still finding new emotional depths and nuances. If Hopes & Fears was Keane's suite of optimistic, romantic teenage bittersweet songs then Under the Iron Sea is much darker and deeper - conveying a dive under the sea in a bathyscape with its lyrics of alienation, despair, suffocation within oneself, betrayal, longing, regret. The variety of tracks is impressive, from the gorgeous, heart-wrenching Hamburg Song to the rock-out that is Is it Any Wonder? My personal favourite is Leaving So Soon? The soaring vocals are breathtaking. Tim Rice-Oxley is a master songwriter and keyboardist, and Tom Chaplin has such a pure achingly beautiful voice. In spite of all the darkness and emotional pain of the album (mirroring real life experiences), the final track suggests a re-surfacing into the world of light and laughter. Best album of 2006.
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Initial post: 1 Dec 2009 23:25:02 GMT
No way is this 2nd rate thing the best album of 2006 when the great Kim Wilde returned that year with her 1st album since her locked away 1998 one!-not that you'd know it with everyone's preoccupation with today's fake-rock and screeching barbie/poncy action-doll pop wannabees! And everyone's neverending fascination with the wretched Madonna hag!
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