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Strangeland (Super Deluxe) Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (7 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B007CVZE0Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You Are Young
  2. Silenced By The Night
  3. Disconnected
  4. Watch How You Go
  5. Sovereign Light Cafe
  6. On The Road
  7. The Starting Line
  8. Black Rain
  9. Neon River
  10. Day Will Come
  11. In Your Own Time
  12. Sea Fog
  13. Strangeland
  14. Run With Me
  15. The Boys
  16. It's Not True

Disc: 2

  1. Silenced By The Night (Acoustic) [DVD]
  2. The Starting Line (Acoustic) [DVD]
  3. Sovereign Light Café (Acoustic) [DVD]
  4. Disconnected (Acoustic) [DVD]
  5. Watch How You Go (Acoustic) [DVD]
  6. Trailer 1 [DVD]
  7. Trailer 2 [DVD]

Product Description

Product Description

Strangeland is the fourth studio album by East Sussex band Keane, and the first from the four-piece since Perfect Symmetry in 2008. The album was produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat and was inspired in part by his work with New York indie band The Vaccines, with Keane aiming for a more back-to-basics sound based on songwriting rather than production. Strangeland features the single "Silenced by the Night".

This special deluxe edition of Keane's Strangeland contains a 20+ page hardback A4 size coffee table book, CD and DVD. The book features exclusive photos from the Strangeland sessions, taken by long-time Keane collaborator, Alex Lake. The CD includes the deluxe edition album, with four additional studio recordings. The DVD features live performances by the band and exclusive behind the scenes footage of the making of the album.

BBC Review

It doesn’t get much more play-safe and back-to-basics than this. 2008’s Perfect Symmetry saw mega-selling East Sussex band Keane surprise sceptics with a galvanised twist of electro-pop, retro-tooled to emulate early Simple Minds. Arguably they did this with more guile and pizzazz than The Horrors, but the fanbase must have flinched as Strangeland, belying its title, is an unabashed scurry back to the comfort zone. If it doesn’t match 2004’s insanely popular debut Hopes and Fears commercially, it’ll reassure that mysterious, critic-immune mainstream that buys Coldplay and Snow Patrol records that Keane are polite gentlemen who won’t harass your daughters or scare the horses.

Sweet, unthreatening melodies abound, then, sung with porcelain-choirboy competence by Tom Chaplin and written and arranged by Tim Rice-Oxley, whose keyboards dominate. While he finds enough effects to vary the tone, there returns a sense that for all their tugs at emotion, Keane lack blood, guts and muscle. There’s a nod at Radiohead on Black Rain, and On the Road is proud of its peppiness; but most songs blur into a faint facsimile of Genesis’ 1978 hit Follow You, Follow Me or slide cosily into the wistful, mid-tempo ballad shapes patented by U2 in the 90s.

It’s textbook-inoffensive, though a couplet in the single Silenced by the Night, a kind of toy-town Echo & The Bunnymen, smothers you in cliché-cheese: “If I am a river, you are the ocean / Got the radio on, got the wheels in motion.” They’re more palatable when waxing nostalgic about their teenage years, a recurring theme, and on Sovereign Light Café – “We were friends and lovers and clueless clowns” – convince with Springsteen-esque romanticising of youthful frustrations. They achieve more grandeur when taking the foot off the ‘epic’ pedal than when blowing hard.

Recorded at Rice-Oxley’s studio with producer Dan Grech (Radiohead, The Vaccines, Lana Del Rey), and now a four-piece with bassist Jesse Quin a full member, the piano-rockers can’t be too carped at for doing what made their name. Yet those glimpses on Perfect Symmetry of something flashier and sexier make this retreat to familiarity a somewhat saddening step backwards.

--Chris Roberts

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Format: Audio CD
I have been a Keane fan ever since 2003, when the first songs from "Hopes and Fears" dominated my discman playlist in my late teens. I now listen to early songs like "Everybody's Changing" and "Somewhere only we know", and feel the nostalgic pull back to my naive era.

Nostalgia is at the heart of Keane's 4th studio album, "Strangeland", and it is certainly a return to the classic Keane ambiance. They've swapped the electronic experimentation of "Perfect Symmetry" with melodic piano pop-rock, emotional ballards, and soaring, driving anthems. They do a really good job of it as well. Certainly for an old-timer fan like myself, a return to form is something I never expected, but something I am very grateful for.

"You are Young" and "Silenced By the Night" begin the journey on the road, and are both driving, energetic anthems which will lift your mood. "Strangeland" is quite a paradoxical title for a record which is largely happy and upbeat.

"Disconnected" is an album highlight, with Tom Chaplin showing his vocal versatility by singing in quite a low register at first. Bizarrely the melody is redolent in my ears of "I'm an Urban Spaceman" by the Bonzo Dog Band, but that is great, because it means the tune is both dark and playful at the same time.

3 tracks in, and they all pass the hummable test. You can hum the melody to yourself on a whim. That is Tim Rice-Oxley's composing triumph. He is the master of melody in today's musical world.

"The Starting Line" and "Watch How You Go" are two wonderful ballads, which are destined for sing-along-crowds at T in the Park or V festival later this year.
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By Friarofdoom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2012
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I have to admit being very disappointed when 'Perfect symmetry' was released.
Having soared with 'The iron sea', world tours, live DVD & all sorts of singles & promo's selling like hotcakes over on the bay, it looked as if the lads were about to launch off into mega stardom.
Ah well, what do I know eh?
This album see's an unexpected & very welcome return to form. Don't get me wrong, this is not a re-hash of the sounds of their first two albums. Except for Tom's instantly recognisable voice this would not be easily seen as a Keane album.
The melodies are at times quite beautiful, 'The starting line', is for me anyway, as lovely as anything that's gone before. It's a real joy to listen to the music as well as the singing. Strong keyboard work alongside tight rhythm underpins some very strong lyric's.
There is a constant sadness underpinning most tracks & it lends a weight that was missing to most of the previous album.
Tom remains unique & his voice is as powerful as ever.
With smart song writing skills to the fore & top notch musicianship, ( a new band member, Jessie, has clearly done no harm), alongside the signature Keane sound this is a strong entry both into the their releases & the years albums.
Great stuff & easily recommended to Keane fans & newbies alike.
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I've just downloaded Strangeland (from the wonderful Amazon site!) having waited with much anticipation since it's launch date was announced. I'm old now, with my free bus-pass in the post ready to reach me by the summer and yet I feel exactly as I did almost 50 years ago when I waited for the next Beatles release. Okay, sad I know and I should get out more, but what a terrific album this is from a great 'pop' band. Listening to it just makes you feel better: it's fresh, a development via the much under-rated Perfect Symmetry to a slightly more sophisticated, mature, self-assured sound. As ever there are the almost'corny' (but I love them) anthems - damn I can't keep my foot still and the smile off my face - and a few of those gentle, reflective ballads. This isn't deep, ground breaking stuff, but it is beautifully constructed, expertly-produced, brilliantly performed 'pop' and I love it. I love the nostalgic feeling it gives me - not a nostalgia for their first album but for something much older than that: a fresh sound as a backdrop to this ol' codger's summer of 2012. (I've got it on my mp3 player ready for the beach and on the car's music store - I'm going to play it till I know it by heart. Blimey I AM sad.) Keane appreciators must campaign to ensure they don't become the Dire Staits of their day - the band everyone loved when they appeared and then the band to hate just because they just kept turning out great LPs - oops albums, oops music files!
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I recently bought the deluxe version with 16 tracks and it was well worth the effort of buying it. On the other hand this offering while containing excellent tracks it doesn't even feature the title track which is really strange indeed, where is the music industry heading with this new idea of bringing two different versions don't they make enough money out of genuine fans already without exploiting them even more like this. I recommend you all buy the deluxe version and shop around for the best price like I did from the USA not UK. Isn't that ridiculous.
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