- Audio CD (28 May 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal / Island
- ASIN: B000QRI5RM
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Hopes and Fears
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Although formed in 1997 – and Brit Awards winners as long ago as 2005 – Keane still feel like Johnny-come-latelies, so regularly and roundly are they dismissed as anodyne bandwagon-jumpers and pink-cheeked, Coldplay wannabes. It’s not hard to scoff at an internationally successful group of middleclass white chaps from patrician East Sussex, whose debut album was an instant UK number one and whose subsequent ascent seemed to involve about as much horny-handed dues-paying as an ex-Etonian sauntering onto the front bench of the Conservative Party.
In fact, versions of Keane had been slogging away on the toilet circuit for years before being picked up for a single on indie imprint Fierce Panda, in 2003. That single, Everybody’s Changing, gave the group their proverbial ‘overnight’ hit and a major label deal followed. So far so conventional, perhaps, but history tends to overlook the wilful unorthodoxy of early Keane. They were, let’s not forget, a three-piece group who could afford the ‘luxury’ of a non-instrumentalist frontman and who eschewed guitars altogether.
Everybody’s Changing – a universally accessible, 20-something whinge about being left behind by ones peers – remains the standout track on Hopes and Fears, the aforementioned chart-topper which was inescapable throughout summer 2004. On it, singer Tom Chaplin’s bruised chorister’s intoning comes across as not so much diffusion line Chris Martin as entry level Thom Yorke, with an added pinch of Bono and even a soupcon of Freddie Mercury in there for mainstream audience-sating good measure.
The album’s under-heralded kingpin is Tim Rice-Oxley – his battery of keyboards providing chunky rhythm, chiming contrapuntal melody and pulsing low end on undeniably hook-laden, deluxe indie-rock anthems like Somewhere Only We Know and Bend and Break. Indeed, there is no shortage of song craft here, and only the closing Bedshaped seems to truly justify Keane’s reputation for wetness – its lyrics of teenage diary self-doubt unmitigated by Oxley’s odd, Theremin-like tones or Richard Hughes’ vigorous drumming. Chaplin’s wanly emoting falsetto, just about credible elsewhere, here sounds aggravatingly ersatz and it suddenly becomes clear why, while some would canonise Keane, others just want to give them a good slap. --David Sheppard
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Top Customer Reviews
I knew after seeing Keane as the support band I knew theses guys were the next big thing and supremely talented in a world where people seem to like the dull bland FAKE manufactured rubbish filling the charts and they rave about it as most people cannot see it. Keane are for me as they were in 2004 still the best brit pop band to have emerged in the UK
It amazed me seeing the brit awards in 2005 where Keane won best group and best album. Even The presenters for the TV seemed shocked that the dull Franz Ferdinand never won it tut tut well I will tell you your wrong it was totally deserved for Keane to take the award.
People including the media press and critics and music SNOBS seem to have it in for Keane from day one as there not seen as cool because they don't conform to this silly rock attitude in this country where if you have a bad attitude your loved regardless of your music talents EG Oasis. But I say you are wrong! why dislike a band purely on the "UNCOOL" factor. Keane make Inspiring upbeat energetic music that energises me everytime I listen to there albums. There is nothing better than listening to a Keane album in the gym doing a workout seems to motivate me to another level.
Anyways there is not a single duff track anywhere on this album again anyone who rated the album 1 2 or 3 stars you are wrong and you should hang your head in shame!
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