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It's perhaps inevitable that Keane's debut album, Hopes and Fears, will draw numerous comparisons to Coldplay. Like them, Keane were discovered by indie label Fierce Panda, who released a single ("Everybody's Changing"). And, like Coldplay, Keane also do a fine trade in catchy and heartfelt indie-pop, all bruised verses and soaring choruses. But though their sound is sure to please fans of Coldplay and Travis, the reality is that Keane manage to sound that little bit more delicate. This could be due to the band's relatively unusual makeup: rather than guitars, the trio uses a piano.

At its best, Hopes and Fears is reminiscent of Bends-era Radiohead, and singer Tom Chaplin's voice is closer to Thom Yorke's falsetto than Chris Martin's cracked whine. On tracks such as the hit single, "Somewhere Only We Know" they manage to squeeze an epic-sounding poignancy from their stripped-down sound (a lot of this is due to the album's superb production). Across 10 tracks, all this slow-burning melancholy skates a bit close to self-indulgence, and you can't help but wish they'd rock out a bit. But Hopes and Fears is still a remarkable and surprisingly mature debut album from a young band with a bright future. --Robert Burrow


"Keane reconfigures the high-romantic aesthetic introduced by Radiohead and mainstreamed by Coldplay as the launchpad for a serious hookfest" -- Rolling Stone, June 10, 2004

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B000268QB2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (477 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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229 of 247 people found the following review helpful By Busy Body on August 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps the biggest band in the UK of this year are Keane. You could say the title belongs to Snow Patrol, Scissor Sisters or Franz Ferdinand, but I think it has to be Keane. They were first dubbed the new Coldplay - not only because they were spotted by the same small record label as Chris Martin's gang, but because their sound was similar. There's a big difference between Coldplay and Keane, however, and that is that Keane don't use guitars to make brilliant and emotional rock, they use the piano as their base instrument. It is ever-present throughout this entire album, and results in a successful stab at setting out what it intends to achieve. Countless bands have tried and failed in the past, but Keane have scored with this stunning debut album.

Lead singer Tom Chaplin is on vocals, whilst Richard Hughes on drums and Time Rice-Oxley on piano, keyboard and bass accompany him in making this powerful music that has gripped Britain like a vice all year. Chaplin's vocals are soft and delicate and have been compared to those of Coldplay's frontman. I suppose there are slight similarities, but I like to think Chaplin resembles Radiohead's Thom Yorke more than anything. Many are saying Keane are better than Coldplay already. I believe this to be untrue. Coldplay are at the top of their game, whilst after only one album Keane are being hailed as geniuses. Let's not get ahead of ourselves here - they still have to prove themselves on the next album...

Keane's debut album "Hopes And Fears" was released in May 2004 and went straight in at No.1 in the UK, and has since gone almost triple-platinum. Lead single "Somewhere Only We Know" opens up the album in fine form. This is the band's trademark ballad that crashed into the charts at No.3 back in January 2004.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Soaring Heart on August 18, 2005
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Keane (pronounced Keen) is an impressive band that truly baffles me with its remarkable sincerity. "Hopes and Fears" is simplistic music--one singer, one bass guitar, a pianist, and a drummer. That's it. Yet every time I listen it bewilders me how lavish and solid the music is. Every musician is altogether in harmony and balance. Furthermore they equip Tom and the songs the absolute best way possible. Tom's voice is unbelievable; his range is mindblowing, his intonation and phrasing are perfect and his heart is exposed. I can't find anything wrong with this album which astonishes me. I've listened to "Hopes and Fears" obsessively off and on for weeks at a time always fully expecting to get sick of it--but I never do! Each and every song can solidly stand alone and yet holistically, the cd is painstakingly and exhaustively gorgeous. I Love listening to Keane and I Love singing along; I Love it during the day, I Love it at night. It's the Real Deal. I give "Hopes and Fears" one of my highest recommendations. I think it should be in every music lover's library. Thank you, Keane. o8E

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Odysseus on May 29, 2005
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My disclaimer first: I've passed 40, and am hardly at the cutting edge of musical trends anymore. Twenty years ago I ate, slept, and breathed music, and had opinions to spew out to anyone who would listen. Now my reviews must be accompanied by a potent dose of humility. I'm no longer in a position to judge how original or innovative is this record, relative to others' output.

But I will say this; If I'd heard more recordings like this one in recent years, I would have been inspired to pay a lot more attention.

I was first drawn to this band by the grandly beautiful "Somewhere Only We Know," that rarity among popular songs, in that I found myself scanning the radio searching deliberately for it. It had everything -- wonderful composition, terrific execution. Chaplin leaping up to the top of the minor seventh to sing the choruses, and the gorgeous way the melody winds down at the end. Paul McCartney himself would be proud of that song (I find myself wondering occasionally if Sir Paul has heard this one, as I would bet it would appeal to him.)

I assumed this band might well be a one-hit wonder until I heard them play a live concert on a local radio station recently, and I then realized how much else they could do. That performance convinced me to buy the record.

It feels good to be excited about a new band again.

It's hard to describe music in a way that informs a listener. You will like this if you appreciate clever songwriting with an attention to both coherent melody and some harmonic originality. The instrumentation is all keyboards, voice and drums, with the variety of keyboards creating a smooth, pleasant sound. The piano playing has a fair amount of octave playing in it, almost reminiscent of Rachmaninoff.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 6, 2004
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British mope-rock is alive and well, as Brit-pop trio Keane makes their debut with "Hopes and Fears." Strong, soaring vocals from Tom Chaplin are backed up by some solid piano-based pop and rock. Despite constant comparisons to Radiohead and Coldplay, Keane shows plenty of promise.

It starts off with a strong piano solo in the quiet "Somewhere Only We Know," followed by a stream of catchy pop like the thoughtful "Everybody's Changing" and the shimmery "Bend And Break," and gossamer ballads like the melancholy "We Might As Well Be Strangers" and soaring "She Has No Time." It wraps up on a strong note with the plaintive "Bedshaped."

If any British band breaks the rock mold, it seems to be labelled as a Radiohead/Coldplay wannabe. On some superficial levels, Keane sounds rather like those bands. But it manages to remain a bit apart, rocking a bit harder and sounding a bit more straightforward and simple. It's hard to truly classify Keane as really being pop -- the lack of guitar and the prevailing piano seem to edge its catchy melodies closer to classical pop.

The first thing to know about Keane is: No guitarist. Don't let it scare you -- the mix of rippling piano and gentle percussion are enough to make their melodies catchy without electric riffs. At the same time, they take some musical risks. Psychedelic piano-pop? Believe it or not, Keane does that.

Tom Chaplin's vocals are the strongest point of Keane's lineup; his solid, high soars along with the shimmery music. At times his vocals get a bit TOO high, like when he sings the title line of "She Has No Time," but most of the time he manages to sound like a heartbroken guy exorcising his breakup demons.
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