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Better is expected
on 9 February 2004
2 stars? What? For the hottest new act of 2004? Surely not?
Clocks is great. It's just won a Grammy. It's also been played to death. It has two important qualities: (a) A repetitive and prominent piano driving the song along and (b) heartfelt intelligent lyrics.
Somewhere Only We Know is not a Clocks rip-off. However, Keane could learn a few things from it.
1. We're getting fed up of simplistic piano in rock music. Not Keane's fault, blame Coldplay.
2. Although the melody is repetitive in Clocks (and an awful lot of songs), the lyrics aren't. SOWK has lyrics with serious deja-vu issues. It doesn't help that the lyrics are even that memorable or clever. In fact, the local sixth form poetry club is probably writing to their legal representative to see if they can sue.
3. The lead singer of Keane (sorry, forget the name, only heard the track) has a lovely voice, much more pure than Chris Martin's or many of the other rock frontmen. However, each Coldplay lyric is infused with angst or sadness or some other powerful emotion. The mood, if you like, of delivery is so important. Keane just sound a bit sad. What I'm trying to say is that if your music is unremarkable and your lyrics are repetitive then you'd better deliver them with a bit of "welly" to make the song memorable. Keane don't. Sorry.
So, while I do hope that the music men are right and that Keane are going to be great, I wouldn't have guessed so on the basis of this track. Here's hoping the next track deserves a five star, cos the potential is definitely there. Just not this time.