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‘Hopes and Fears’ by Keane

Rating: ★★★☆☆

If it wasn’t for the likes of Everybody’s Changing and Somewhere Only We Know, this album would have been forgotten years ago. Keanes’ debut album was offered to us in 2004 and became the second best-selling album of that year.

The iconic album stands out in any music library but the songs are those we know, but not know where we know them from – if that makes sense.

They’re the Hoppipolla and Going Home but only Keane, played on soap operas as generic background music. You know the song and you kind of know the words, but once its over, its over. There’s nothing special and there’s certainly nothing excitingly exciting about it. Out of twelve songs, there is little more of a glimmer of hope in, perhaps three or four of them.

The rest?

Skipped.

When every song is a rewrite of the one before, 50 minutes can feel like a very long time. A cliche piano and other uneventful instruments make the experience just that little more unbearable – not to mention his whining vocals, which are somewhat worse that Matt Bellamy who at least has the courtesy of adding some texture to his.

To end my thoughts positively; the bands third album, Perfect Symmetry, features one of my all time favourite songs. Love Is The End finishes a very off sounding album and it was a surprise that this hidden gem existed on such release.

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