Under the Iron Sea

Performers Keane

Interscope | June 20, 2006 | Compact Disc

Under the Iron Sea is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
Keane: Tim Rice-Oxley.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 20, 2006

Genre: Brit Pop

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2006

Label Name: Interscope

UPC: 602498568279

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the first album I am a huge Keane fan and I was really nervous about how their sophomore album was going to turn out but I was more than pleasantly surprised. "Atlantic" starts the album and it is an almost creepy tune that has a flowing, echoing sound but it is actually quite good. "Is It Any Wonder?" follows with a real U2 sound that brings the listener back to reality after being "under water" during Atlantic. "Nothing in My Way" sounds like it could have almost made the cut for their first album, "Hopes and Fears," which is good and serves as a reminder that the band has not completely abandoned their roots. The cheery change in tempo near the end is nice and brings attention to the song's interesting lyrics ("For a lonely soul, you're having such a nice time"). "Leaving So Soon" is the fourth song and I really do not care much for it except for the fact that it begins and ends well with a bit of a throwback to the Beach Boys. "Bad Dream" is a really moody song with chord changes that will make you wonder if you are, in fact, having a bad dream. It is overall, however, a good song. "Hamburg Song" is a ballad and it is beautiful. The use of instruments is minimal, making Tom's voice the focal point. After this slower song, "Put It Behind You" is a nice mid-tempo tune that will stay stuck in your head for a while (partly because the chorus is repeated so much but I loved it anyway!). "Crystal Ball" comes next and there is not enough good things that can be said about it. The lyrics are great, the tune is excellent and the hook is catchy. This should be the next single to be released. "Try Again" is another ballad and, again, Tim did a great job with the words. This could be released as well. Tom really seems to put extra feeling into his singing on this track. "Broken Toy" is an odd song - in the best way imaginable. The tempo is strange, it begins oddly, the words are ingenius and it all comes together. I loved it. I'm not a huge fan of the final track, "Frog Prince" but it is not terrible. Along with "Leaving So Soon" I suppose every album has to have some "fillers." Overall, this is an outstanding effort by such a new group and I was very impressed by the lyrics and their ingenuity at continuing to create a sound that works for a guitarless trio in a world of electric guitars.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keane does it again If you are not currently acquainted with the brilliance that is Keane, now is the time. Keane's second full album in as many years is so far from a disappointment. Many bands feel the pressure to far surpass the first release, especially when that release received wonderful reviews. (I am quite partial to Keane's first album Hopes and Fears) My expectations for Under the Iron Sea, I must admit, were not much. I truly didn't think they could do much more that would come close to the excellence of Hopes and Fears. I was wrong! I should've had faith in Tim, Tom and Richard. As a three piece who avoid all mention and use of a guitar or bass, know how to make it work. Tim's incredible songwritting, mixed with his "energetic" keyboarding, is the perfect backdrop for Tom's soaring vocals, while Richard keeps it all together on the drums. Although Under the Iron Sea is quite a bit darker than Hopes and Fears, it is not by any means a depressing album. With tracks like Leaving So Soon and Crystall Ball, you will find yourself singing and dancing along (I refuse to believe I am the only one). But if you would prefer to have your heartstrings tugged at, then check out Hamburg Song and Try Again. Keane have often been compared to Coldplay, which is an honest comparison. Tim was actually asked to be a part of Coldplay at the begining of their careers. But in my ears, Keane is much more honest with their emotions they bring out in their music. Make sure to check Keane out, although some of you may have already heard them when you weren't expecting to. The track Somewhere Only We Know, from Hopes and Fears, has been featured in both the show Grey's Anatomy and in the trailor for The Lake House. Take a chance on Keane, you will not be disappointed
Date published: 2006-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT! This is a great follow up to Kean's 2004 album "Hopes And Fears" Keane have changed their sound a little bit, one might say they have grown up, which is a good thing, you never want to keep doing the same thing over and over (see U2.) The Album flows very nicely, you can tell a lot of attention was payed to the production. The best song, by far, on the album is "Atlantic" but the rest of the songs will definately keep you interested.
Date published: 2006-06-23

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Under the Iron Sea

Performers Keane

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 20, 2006

Genre: Brit Pop

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2006

Label Name: Interscope

UPC: 602498568279


Title Track Time
1.Atlantic --
2.Is It Any Wonder --
3.Nothing In My Way --
4.Leaving So Soon --
5.Bad Dream --
6.Hamburg Song --
7.Put It Behind You --
8.Iron Sea --
9.Crystal Ball --
10.Try Again --
11.Broken Toy --
12.Frog Prince --

Editorial Notes

Keane: Tim Rice-Oxley.