June 24, 2006

Under The Iron Sea – Keane

Posted in Music, News at 11:22 pm by Edward Teach

Under the Iron Sea is the much anticipated sophomore release from Britain’s premier piano pop trio, Keane. Hopes and Fears, the somewhat left-of-center breakthrough release from the band, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide; and this new album shows the same promise. Iron Sea has much of the same sound that defined Keane, but with a decidedly darker twist. More mature in lyrical depth and orchestration, the album also sees the band experimenting with a wider sound palette. The keyboard(s) are pumped through a variety of vintage processors and guitar pedals. The result is alternately driving and haunting.

Two singles have preceded the album, "Atlantic" (the Internet-only single) and "Is It Any Wonder?" (the Top 40 format single). Both are good, though not in my opinion the best songs off the album. "Nothing In My Way" is an excellent piece of music, and other songs like "Crystal Ball" and "Put it Behind You" have definite single potential. The cover art/packaging is also quite nice. The work is in the style of Nordic block printing, all drawn for the band by Sanna Annukka.

I would definitely suggest this album for any fans of Hopes and Fears, and bands such as Coldplay, U2, The Beatles or smart pop in general. 4.5 out of 5.

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