Keane

Formed 1997.
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Keane - Somewhere Only We Know at Children in Need Rocks 2013

Keane perform Somewhere Only We Know at Children in Need Rocks 2013

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Keane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1997. The group currently comprises Tim Rice-Oxley (piano, synthesisers, backing vocals), Richard Hughes (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Jesse Quin (bass guitar, acoustic/electric guitar, backing vocals) and Tom Chaplin (lead vocals, acoustic/electric guitar). Their original line-up included founder and guitarist Dominic Scott, who left in 2001.

Keane immediately achieved mainstream, international success with the release of their debut album, Hopes and Fears, in 2004. The album won several awards, including the Brit Award for Best British Album, and was the second best-selling British album of the year. Their second studio album, Under the Iron Sea, continued the band's success, topping the album charts in the UK and debuting at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. Their third album, Perfect Symmetry was released in October 2008. The launch featured a series of symmetry-based installations including a 10m long half image of a sleeping woman pasted over 100 cardboard boxes and reflected in 400 mirror tiles on the floor to reveal a full person.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Strangeland

    Strangeland 2012

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    Keane’s fourth LP is best when it stops trying to do ‘epic’, and gets nostalgic.
  2. Review of Night Train

    Night Train 2010

    Reviewed by Andy Fyfe
    The band’s most startling release yet sees them enjoying their creative freedom.
  3. Review of Perfect Symmetry

    Perfect Symmetry 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Keane: they might just save someone's life.
  4. Review of Under The Iron Sea

    Under The Iron Sea 2006

    Reviewed by Shalinee Singh
    You'd better make some more room in the guilty pleasures section of your music...
  5. Review of Hopes and Fears

    Hopes and Fears 2004

    Reviewed by David Sheppard
    History tends to overlook the wilful unorthodoxy of early Keane.