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Perfect Symmetry

KeaneAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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listen  4. You Haven't Told Me Anything 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Not many British bands these days have more than one big-selling album, let alone five. Fewer still manage to replicate - and maintain - that success outside the UK. And only a tiny number are able to continually develop their sound as their career progresses. But, in the last decade, Keane have achieved all of those things and a whole lot more. After selling over 11 million copies of their ... Read more in Amazon's Keane Store

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  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B001FBSMW6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Keane is back in 2008, bold and colorful with Perfect Symmetry which marks a triumphant return from the trio. 11 tracks including the single 'The Lovers Are Losing'.

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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
What to expect from a band who already released the perfect Brit-pop album (Hopes & Fears), then who darkened and deepened that formula for their very good (if not quite perfect) follow up Under the Iron Sea? Well, I'm not sure that this album was what anyone was expecting...but it has much of the brilliance that these boys are capable of delivering.

It has already been noted by other reviewers that the first 5 songs are very influenced by the 80's. At worst, it is just a bit confusing: witness the third track "Better Than This"--gone are the pianos, replaced almost completely by synths, all detuned slightly. I hear hints of Oingo Boingo here, and I'm not sure if that is good. At best, it produces some really effective pop music--the synth intro of Again and Again sounds much more like an homage to the 80's than a pastiche.

On the best tracks of the album, the neo-80's influences meld beautifully with the honest piano driven melodies into a synthesis that is greater than the sum of its parts. The title track is one of the finest examples of this. Just when you are getting into a very comfortable groove on the song, the bittersweet bridge kicks in and smacks you in the face with why you loved this band in the first place.

There are definitely some tracks for those who long for the soaring melodies and purity of voice found throughout the first album. The title track, to which I have already alluded, is really a standout in the melody department. The final track on the album is also quite lovely, reminiscent of a simpler version of Keane.

Lyrically, the whole album has a lot to offer.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover nor an album by its art. However, in the case of Keane's third album, Perfect Symmetry, there are some real similarities between the cover art and the music. Keane has pulled together an interesting collection of musical styles and influences, creating an overall effect something like the fractal images on the album cover itself. Fans of the first two albums (myself included) might find themselves unsure what to make of their use of vibrato key-board instead of their traditional (and crystal clear) piano, of their 80s influenced retro sound, or their departure from ballad choruses with some of the best pop hooks in the business.

The album starts off with the best track first. Spiraling is witty, fun, and has a dance/funk feel. Full of energy, lyrical, and incredibly listenable, the first track sets you up for a huge disappointment in the next few tracks to follow.

"The Lovers are Losing," "Better than This," and "You Haven't Told Me Anything," have an 80s feel that simply isn't what I've come to expect from Keane. "You can do so much better than this," the chorus to track #2 feels appropriate. Synthetic drums don't quite jive with the guitars in track #4, and take away from the lyrics, the only redeeming element of the song.

Track #5, "Perfect Symmetry" offers a welcome return to what makes Keane excellent: solid piano, compelling lyrics, and of course the wonderful voice of Tom Chaplin. The song carries the same melancholic tones that fuel both of Keane's first two albums, and that create the 'mood' that I have come to associate with Keane. I love to play their stuff after a long day at work, and this song will take it's place on my 'cool down,' play list.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Perfect, But Close! August 11, 2009
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An anxiety common among many bands (especially in pop/rock music) is the fear of releasing a succession of albums that sound the same. These bands are intent on revising, updating, or sometimes completely reinventing their sound with every album release. This determination to keep their music sounding fresh is what often sets great bands apart from the rest. Such modification, however, can be dangerous. For these bands, the risk of alienating their old fans is always there. Many fans may feel betrayed by the band's divergence from their earlier sound(s). Bands willing to make musical transitions, though, are often the ones that leave the most memorable musical legacy, the Beatles being the most well-known example.
That being said, I first listened to Perfect Symmetry fully expecting a Keane sound distinct from their first two albums, Hopes and Fears, and Under The Iron Sea. Just as the first two albums are markedly different from each other, so too is Perfect Symmetry distinct from them. Each album has a distinct mood: Hopes and Fears seems to me to be their "Spring" album. On the surface, the songs appear to be light pop, but closer listening reveals a darker sense of trying to remain stable in an unstable world. Under The Iron Sea was their "Winter" album, containing songs with dark themes/undercurrents that reflected the hardships the band was going through at the time the album was recorded. This mood was reflected in both the lyrics and music. Perfect Symmetry, I feel, is their "Summer" album; their most fun, vibrant CD. Though it does contain downbeat lyrics, it pairs those serious messages with contrasting, upbeat music and rhythms, with 1980s-style synthesizer sounds scattered throughout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keane. Need I say more?
This was a pretty good CD, not as great as "Hopes and Fears", but who can go wrong with Keane?
Published 3 months ago by Kylie
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Standouts and Some Misses -Three and a half stars
The majority of this album is okay. It's not the Keane I was longing for. I liked the upbeat but cynical Spiralling, it's catchy and reminiscent of Crystal Ball and Is It Any... Read more
Published 5 months ago by lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Keane is great.
we already love Keane, so this album fit right into the collection. i jam on the computer, he jams in the car.
Published 6 months ago by T. Markle
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Keane
I love Keane music and this album is perfect to listening it while on your way. I always listen it a the car, and we sing it along with my daughter.
Published 11 months ago by J. Parkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Keane!
This band never dissapoints. Beautiful, melancholic songs. Great voice, impecable instrumentation. Disc 2 has demos of all songs, its allways nice to hear different versions from a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ma J. Vargas Peña
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem
i would say this is the best Keane album of them all. its fun, quirky and some of the tracks are absolute genius. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tim4king
4.0 out of 5 stars Keane Challenge Their Classic Sound with Great Results
There's no doubt that Keane was under a lot of pressure after the success of Hopes and Fears and its follow-up Under the Iron Sea. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be Dismissed
Being familiar with Keane's earlier work, I understand why some fans didn't take to this third album. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by Annika L.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not a Bad Dream
Sometimes I think the rush to post a review becomes the determinant in someone's evaluation of a book or an album. Read more
Published on December 22, 2011 by Rich Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Keane's Perfect Symmetry CD
Great CD; continues to exemplify Keane amazing sound and style. If you like British bands, you'll love Keane. Read more
Published on September 2, 2011 by Jackie
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Wow...this CD sounds super-boring.
I thought that the 1st CD was boring. The next two are definitely more uplifting
Mar 20, 2009 by Jordan Farquharson |  See all 4 posts
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