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on 29 November 2005
Keane really have got it made. An original sound and an ability to create beautifully crafted songs that last in the memory. Indeed it's a testament to the quality of their material, that they have had such success on the back of one album. I still haven't tired of listening to Hopes and Fears, and everyone in my family loves their stuff, from my parents down to my four year old daughter, all which only goes to prove you can't beat a good melody! I have seen Keane perform live on TV a few times but was keen (excuse the pun) to see more.
Hence my excitement when Strangers was released, and what a treat it is! You can choose to watch the documentary or just the live stuff which is useful, even if the menu's are a little confusing at first. The interviews with the band confirmed my opinion that they are a bunch of sensitive, talented and intelligent musicians capable of writing such beautiful songs that you wonder how a band that look so young could possibly write such mature material. Hearing the wondrous ballads 'On a day like today' and 'She has no time' live, is a moving experience indeed. The performances are all great, especially the rousing renditions of 'Bend and break' and 'Everybody's changing' at the Wireless festival. There is a nice mix in this DVD of the smaller intimate gigs throught to the bigger festival type gigs. This is nicely portrayed in the compilation of 'Bedshaped' which progresses from a back room studio rendition through to pub gig, small venue and culminating in a full blown festival performance. (Although it would have been good if they had included a single performance of Bedshaped so as to fully appreciate it).
The sound isn't at all compromised live, as backing tapes provide the bass and keyboard parts. Tom sings like an angel and has a very accomplished voice, and he manages to hit all the high notes pretty well. Richard's great drum patterns are crisp and precise, and Tim's piano playing is so accomplished, that all the songs sound pretty much like the record with the added freshness of being live, which in my book is the mark of a good live band.
A great DVD. If you like Keane, you'll love this!