Hopes and Fears

Performers Keane

Interscope | November 17, 2009 | Compact Disc

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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 appeared in 2009, bringing with it over 30 bonus tracks comprising live performances, early singles, remixes, and B-sides.] ~ MacKenzie Wilson

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 17, 2009

Genre: Brit Pop

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Interscope

UPC: 600753225530

Found in: Brit Pop, Brit Pop

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Hopes and Fears

Performers Keane

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 17, 2009

Genre: Brit Pop

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Interscope

UPC: 600753225530


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Somewhere Only We Know --
2.Bend and Break --
3.We Might as Well Be Strangers --
4.Everybody's Changing --
5.Your Eyes Open --
6.She Has No Time --
7.Can't Stop Now --
8.Sunshine --
9.This Is the Last Time --
10.On a Day Like Today --
11.Untitled 1 --
12.Bedshaped --
13.Somewhere Only We Know [Lamacq Live] --
14.Bedshaped [Lamacq Live] --
15.Bend and Break [Lamacq Live] --
16.We Might As Well Be Strangers [Lamacq Live] --
17.This Is the Last Time [Jo Whiley Live Lounge] --
18.This Is the Last Time [Jo Whiley Live Lounge] --
19.A Heart To Hold You [Jo Whiley Live Lounge] --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Snowed Under [B-side] --
2.We Might As Well Be Strangers [DJ Shadow Remix] --
3.Into The Light --
4.Call Me What You Like [Zoomorphic single 1] --
5.Closer [Zoomorphic single 1] --
6.Rubbernecking [Zoomorphic single 1] --
7.Wolf at the Door [Zoomorphic Single 2] --
8.She Has No Time [Zoomorphic single 2] --
9.Call Me What You Like [Zoomorphic single 2] --
10.Everybody's Changing [Fierce Panda single 1] --
11.The Way You Want It [Fierce Panda single 1] --
12.This Is the Last Time [Fierce Panda single 2] --
13.Bedshaped [Fierce Panda single 2] --
14.Allemande [Fierce Panda single 2] --
15.Somewhere Only We Know --
16.We Might as Well Be Strangers --
17.This Is the Last Time --
18.Everybody's Changing --

Editorial Notes

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 appeared in 2009, bringing with it over 30 bonus tracks comprising live performances, early singles, remixes, and B-sides.] ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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