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Tom's magnificent voice
on 29 March 2009
This is only about the second review I've submitted to Amazon of a product I've bought, but after seeing and hearing 'Keave Live' I felt the need to say how magnificent this DVD is.
I'm very critical of live recordings in general, particularly regarding the quality of band performance and sound quality - the two elements that matter most to me.
The audio and visuals are extremely good, and the band performance is faultless to my ears. There were numerous cameras filming the occasion, and they capture the excellent visuals the band has to offer, visuals that augment the music very well. There is also a 'CCTV option' that offers a fly on the wall view of the performance. This is interesting but you'd probably only want to watch it once.
The most important part, the 5.1 mix (there's also a stereo mix) is utterly magnificent. It is astonishing that just a drum kit, an electric piano (plus assorted pre-programmed keyboard and bass tracks) can make such a big sound. The crowning glory to this is Tom's voice, a voice that has always been one of the best out there (miles stronger than Chris Martin's nasal whine; but then Tim Rice-Oxley's songs are better as well), and which has now been brought out even clearer and stronger than on their CDs. Tom's emotional punch on some of these songs is really immense, without him ever losing control of his voice. Tom's voice on 'Try Again' and 'Atlantic' are better than the CD versions in this reviewer's opinion. Three of the songs also benefit from their new acoustic guitar accompaniment, notably 'Your Eyes Open', 'The Frog Prince' and 'Broken Toy'; each of these sound stronger than their originals.
This concert is from July 2007, so only covers the first two albums. In my opinion these are their best albums so the concert is all the stronger for that. The whole of the second album is covered, including the Pink Floyd-esque instrumental 'Under The Iron Sea', which opens the concert in great ethereal style. Rick Wright, RIP, would have approved. Most of 'Hopes And Fears' is included, apart from 'Untitled 1', 'She Has No Time', 'On A Day Like Today' and sadly as it is my favourite Keane song, 'Sunshine'. A minor quibble of a superb concert.