Hopes and Fears [Deluxe Edition]

Hopes and Fears [Deluxe Edition]

by Keane
     
 

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The English music press can never let anyone be. They're always quick to hail the next big thing and, in this case, the next big Coldplay is Keane. Lowgold briefly held that title upon its debut release in 2001, but U.K. critics rushed to give that crown to someone else just because that's whatSee more details below

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The English music press can never let anyone be. They're always quick to hail the next big thing and, in this case, the next big Coldplay is Keane. Lowgold briefly held that title upon its debut release in 2001, but U.K. critics rushed to give that crown to someone else just because that's what they like to do. Keane didn't ask for it, but perhaps it's the overall majestic presentation of the band's debut album, Hopes and Fears, that does it. That and the fact that the Sussex trio doesn't rely on a formula of lilting melodies and feverish guitars to carry the weight of the album. Keane haven't positioned themselves to be kings of anything, let alone the next Coldplay. They sound nothing like Chris Martin and Co. Sure, Coldplay's biggest hit to date, "Clocks," included only pianos, and they released the Safety EP on Fierce Panda, which is also Keane's label, but those are the only things Keane have in common with Coldplay. Alongside their beautiful, emotive dalliance of instrumentation is one thing that'll separate Keane from all the rest, and that's drive. The band's heartfelt ambition on Hopes and Fears is right there. It's impossible not to reach for it, really. Lead vocalist Tom Chaplin's rich vocals are as vibrant as any choir, and songs such as "This Is the Last Time," "Bend and Break," and "Can't Stop Now" reflect Keane's more savory, dramatic moments. Confidence bursts throughout, and for a band that has been around seven years and has never released a studio full-length album until now, achieving nearly epic-like status is quite impressive. Keane obviously have the songs and they have a strong voice leading the front; however, Tim Rice-Oxley (piano/keyboards/bass) and Richard Hughes (drums) allow Hopes and Fears to come alive with glamour and without the sheen of slick studio production. Even slow build-up tracks like "Bedshaped" and "We Might as Well Be Strangers" are just as passionate, if not more so, than some of the bigger numbers on the album. Some might find Keane's debut a bit stagy, or too theatrical at first, but that's okay. Listening to "Somewhere Only We Know" alone a few times is more than enough to convince you that Keane stand next to Coldplay, challenging them, and it's a respectable match at that. [For the serious collector, a deluxe edition of Hopes and Fears

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2009
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0600753225530
catalogNumber:
001362602
Rank:
60843

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Somewhere Only We Know  -  Keane
  2. Bend and Break  -  Keane
  3. We Might As Well Be Strangers  -  Keane
  4. Everybody's Changing  -  Keane
  5. Your Eyes Open  -  Keane
  6. She Has No Time  -  Keane
  7. Can't Stop Now  -  Keane
  8. Sunshine  -  Keane
  9. This is the Last Time  -  Keane
  10. On a Day Like Today  -  Keane
  11. Untitled 1  -  Keane
  12. Bedshaped  -  Keane
  13. Somewhere Only We Know  -  Keane
  14. Bedshaped  -  Keane
  15. Bend and Break  -  Keane
  16. We Might As Well Be Strangers  -  Keane
  17. This is the Last Time  -  Keane
  18. This Is The Last Time  -  Keane
  19. A Heart To Hold You  -  Keane

Disc 2

  1. Snowed Under  -  Keane
  2. We Might As Well Be Strangers  -  Keane
  3. Into The Light  -  Keane
  4. Call Me What You Like  -  Keane
  5. Closer  -  Keane
  6. Rubbernecking  -  Keane
  7. Wolf At The Door  -  Keane
  8. She Has No Time  -  Keane
  9. Call Me What You Like  -  Keane
  10. Everybody's Changing  -  Keane
  11. The Way You Want It  -  Keane
  12. This Is The Last Time  -  Keane
  13. Bedshaped  -  Keane
  14. Allemande  -  Keane
  15. Somewhere Only We Know  -  Keane
  16. We Might As Well Be Strangers  -  Keane
  17. This Is The Last Time  -  Keane
  18. Everybody's Changing  -  Keane

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