Hopes and Fears

Performers Keane

Interscope | May 25, 2004 | Compact Disc

Hopes and Fears is rated 5 out of 5 by 6.
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. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 25, 2004

Genre: Brit Pop

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2004

Label Name: Interscope

UPC: 602498188248

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from If You Haven't Listened To It, LISTEN TO IT! This album by Keane is absolutely a-mazing! You just HAVE to listen to it! Their songs sound so much about life and things itself. My favourite song is Somewhere Only We Know which is the 1st song on this CD. Also, other good ones are Bend and Break, Everybody's Changing, This Is The Last Time and We Might As Well Be Strangers. They are such beautiful songs. Please, PLEASE listen to the CD if you have not. You will NOT, I repeat NOT regret buying/listening to it! ^_^
Date published: 2009-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This c.d was absolutely great...I bought it for one song called "Somewhere Only We Know"...I listened to the whole c.d and thought each and every song was just as good!...honestly, this c.d should be a part of all music lovers collection.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keane: Hopes and Fears Keane is the dopest brit band I've ever heard of and I've heard of hella. You simply MUST hear this. tata
Date published: 2006-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING ALBUM I enjoyed this album very much. Superb debut album from this extraordinary band from Battle, East Sussex, England. I especially enjoyed Somewhere Only We Know, We Might As Well Be Strangers, and Bedshaped. Must buy!
Date published: 2005-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best $20 I ever spent! I bought this CD almost a year ago, and I still play it constantly, almost every day. I love the fact that Keane does not have guitars -- it definitely gives you something to appreciate and realize how special of a band they really are since they are still able to make beautiful music without a guitar being the whole foundation of their piano-based rock image. For myself, it's hard to choose a favourite Keane song, since they are all equally beautiful and sung with such a sweet melody and great percussion by the drums and piano. Buying Hopes & Fears was the best $20 I've ever spent, and I will be a Keane fan now and for sure well into the future. They have had such an impact on my life, and are very generous and sweet guys (I met them at a concert in May 2005) and care a lot about their fans and their music.
Date published: 2005-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't regret buying this one! An excellent debut album from this britpop band, it is in constant rotation on my cd player. If you enjoy Travis, Radiohead and Coldplay, I think you will certainly appreciate Keane. The sounds are remarkably lush and well-rounded, given their lack of guitar - but this makes you realize that there are certainly other ways to make beautiful music. As a singer myself, I think Tom Chaplin's pure, clear voice is worth the price alone. Enjoy this cd, and definitely see them in concert if you get a chance.
Date published: 2004-09-28

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Hopes and Fears

Performers Keane

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 25, 2004

Genre: Brit Pop

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2004

Label Name: Interscope

UPC: 602498188248


Title Track Time
1.Somewhere Only We Know --
2.This Is The Last Time --
3.Bend And Break --
4.We Might As Well Be Strangers --
5.Everybody's Changing --
6.Your Eyes Open --
7.She Has No Time --
8.Can't Stop Now --
9.Sunshine --
10.Untitled 1 --
11.Bedshaped --

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. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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