Strangeland

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All Music Guide
This fourth album from the British pop-rock band is the follow-up to 2008's Perfect Symmetry. It marries that album's use of guitars and über-pop sensibility with the anthemic, piano-led sound prevalent on the band's first two albums, particularly Under the Iron Sea. Unhurried by deadlines, the band spent as long as it took to get the album they felt was just right. The singles "Disconnected" and the epic "Silenced by the Night" are included.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Keane's fourth outing trades in the officious electro-pop flourishes that peppered 2008's Perfect Symmetry for a more familiar approach. Closer in tone to 2006's Under ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
This fourth album from the British pop-rock band is the follow-up to 2008's Perfect Symmetry. It marries that album's use of guitars and über-pop sensibility with the anthemic, piano-led sound prevalent on the band's first two albums, particularly Under the Iron Sea. Unhurried by deadlines, the band spent as long as it took to get the album they felt was just right. The singles "Disconnected" and the epic "Silenced by the Night" are included.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Keane's fourth outing trades in the officious electro-pop flourishes that peppered 2008's Perfect Symmetry for a more familiar approach. Closer in tone to 2006's Under the Iron Sea, some may find Strangeland's reliable mix of Coldplay, Snow Patrol, and "Sit Down"-era James to be a bit rote, but when it comes to crafting relatively safe, achingly melodic, and terminally sincere adult alternative rock songs, there are few groups as prodigious as the East Sussex quartet. Bolstered by a pair of stadium-ready singles in "Disconnected" and "Silence by the Night," both of which occur in classic LP fashion early on, Strangeland works best when it sticks to the formula, providing a hook, a line, and a sinker before landing the listener with the kind of colossal chorus that results in the frantic rolling up or down of car windows. More contemplative moments, like the lilting "Black Rain," the lovely "Neon River," and the appropriately epic closer "Sea Fog" work just as well, dialing back the cymbal swells in favor of a more measured level of melodrama. Strangeland never really lives up to its mysterious title, as there's nothing on it that doesn't feel willfully nostalgic, but like any good plate of comfort food for those with larger appetites, there's a 16-track extended version, and a 24-track CD/DVD combo it satisfies in a way that more adventurous meals never truly can.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2012
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602527992808
  • Catalog Number: 001673902
  • Sales rank: 13,992

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Are Young (3:35)
  2. 2 Silenced By the Night (3:16)
  3. 3 Disconnected (3:57)
  4. 4 Watch How You Go (3:40)
  5. 5 Sovereign Light Cafe (3:38)
  6. 6 On the Road (3:56)
  7. 7 The Starting Line (4:12)
  8. 8 Black Rain (3:46)
  9. 9 Neon River (4:52)
  10. 10 Day Will Come (3:11)
  11. 11 In Your Own Time (3:43)
  12. 12 Sea Fog (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keane Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Dave Fridmann Programming
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Dan Grech-Marguerat Producer, Engineer
Keane Composer
Tom Hough Engineer
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