Keane Under The Iron Sea Review

Album. Released 2006.  

BBC Review

You'd better make some more room in the guilty pleasures section of your music...

Shalinee Singh 2006

With four singles released in 2004, you could be forgiven for becoming sick of Keane's MOR tunes being played to death on the radio.

Thankfully there's now some new material to listen to and unlike their comparatively light-hearted debut, Under The Iron Sea offers an intense look at the dark underbelly of the human psyche. Tim Rice Oxleys skill with a synth adds depth to impassioned songs such as "Hamburg Song" even if it does occasionally go OTT.

Whether self-indulgently heartbreaking ("Broken Toy") or slightly giggle-inducing ("Crystal Ball": "Oh crystal ball, crystal ball / Save us all, tell me life is beautiful") Tom Chaplin's angelic vocals are unfalteringly sincere.

The Sussex trio allegedly avoided a split during the making of this album, thanks to the sheer quality of the music.

With no hope of 'musical differences' surfacing between the life-long friends, you'd better make some more room in the guilty pleasures section of your music collection.

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