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Strangeland [Deluxe Edition]

KeaneAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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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 (May 8, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B007EC6FIS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Are Young
2. Silenced By The Night
3. Disconnected
4. Watch How You Go
5. Sovereign Light Cafe
6. On The Road
7. The Starting Line
8. Black Rain
9. Neon River
10. Day Will Come
11. In Your Own Time
12. Sea Fog
13. Strangeland
14. Run With Me
15. The Boys
16. It's Not True

Editorial Reviews

Deluxe edition includes four bonus tracks. 2012 release, the long-awaited fourth album from the British Pop band. Keane is singer Tom Chaplin, drummer Richard Hughes, keyboardist Tim Rice-Oxley and bassist Jesse Quin. Four years have elapsed since Keane's last album Perfect Symmetry; two since Night Train, the EP which followed its three full-length predecessors to the top of the British album charts, securing them a place in pop history. If Keane's feverishly loyal fan base wondered what the group's next album would sound like, they weren't the only ones. In the eight years following the release of 2004's 9x platinum Brit award winning Hopes & Fears, every Keane album has marked a clear progression from the previous one: the anxious emotional terrain mapped out by Under The Iron Sea to the iridescent poptimism of Perfect Symmetry. Strangeland was produced by Dan Grech (Radiohead, The Vaccines, Howling Bells), recorded at Sea Fog, Keane songwriter/pianist Tim Rice-Oxley's studio in South Downs, UK.

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's NOT another Hopes and Fears May 10, 2012
By Tyro
Format:Audio CD
Some professional reviewers have bashed Keane for playing it safe with the piano sound reminiscent of Hopes and Fears. But the similarities are pretty superficial. Strangeland is much more personal, and has elements of Perfect Symmetry as well as Hopes and Fears.

Songs like "Bend and Break," "Everyone's Changing," and "This is the Last Time" were about changing relationships. They had widescreen epic melodies, and we all remember these as among Keane's best songs. The lyrics were general and could apply to anyone: "When you forget your name/ When all faces look the same..."

Basically speaking, Keane writes songs about relationships and the difficulties of life and upbeat or encouraging songs, or songs that offer advice. I've always preferred the more personal ones, and Strangeland has some of both. Overall, though, it has many breakup songs that seem to be about specific situations from Tim Rice-Oxley's life: the sad "Watch Yourself Go" (wishing a lover well while saying goodbye); "Silenced By the Night" (predicting a new stage in a benighted relationship - lots of light/dark imagery in the album); or "Disconnected" (describing estrangement). These are far more specific than the anthemic songs about alienation and fear in "Hopes and Fears." They're more grown up.

The piano sound has changed too. "Sovereign Light Cafe" and "Neon River" have tasteful synthesizer touches (but nothing like the overwhelming synth on Perfect Symmetry). Tim pounded the keys like Elton John in the early stuff; along with Richard's rock-style drumming, this gave the songs real kick. The playing is more complex here - and functions more as an accompaniment to the vocals, which absolutely take center stage. No one has every complained about Tom Chaplin's singing, to my knowledge.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something's missing... May 22, 2012
By CMM
Format:Audio CD
The "classic Keane sound" is back. While that is definitely good news, it comes with some baggage.

For background purposes, I will say that I loved the first two Keane albums and loathed the second two. This album, as others have already said, brings back the piano and gives us some catchy, snappy tunes similar to the first two albums.

That being said, there is something lacking on this album- I think it lacks a certain depth. A lot of the songs come across as generic and almost forced; there is a lot of good music here but not a lot of emotion.

The album opens with "You Are Young." It's a nice little song, but carries the depth of the average television commercial. "You've got time to realize / you're shielded by the hands of love / `cause you're young!" Blah.

"Disconnected" has my favorite "hook" of the album- it features a great chorus that's tough to get out of your head. However, it starts with two weak verses that almost sound like it was written too low for Tom Chaplin's vocal range. "Something's crept in under our door" - those are the opening lyrics that provide a bizarre visual to a song with more promise than what's delivered.

"Silenced By the Night" and "Sovereign Light Café" come the closest to the emotion of the older Keane albums. There are plenty other bright spots as well.

I struggled between giving this album 3 or 4 stars; 3.5 sounds about right. It's not fair to compare Strangeland to Hopes and Fears or Under the Iron Sea and to give it credit, Strangeland has its moments. But there is no "Atlantic" on this album, a song that is heartbreakingly raw and emotionally charged. There is a lot of pleasant-sounding music, but once you give it a few listens, the charm wears off.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to greatness for Keane. A masterpiece! May 8, 2012
By Bflo
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I couldn't be more stunned by the three reviews before mine. "Strangeland" is an exceptionally strong return to solid ground for Keane, whose first two albums set the bar. I do agree that the third album, "Perfect Symmetry," as well as the fourth, "Night Train," were disappointments with only a few standout tracks each. That's partly why I love "Strangeland" so much -- it's a return to the sublime Keane sound of old, yet burnished with maturity and confidence. Even if this were the first Keane album I'd ever heard, I'd be feeling just as good about it. High points, in my opinion, are "You Are Young," "In Your Own Time" and "Strangeland," but it's hard for me to single those out when nearly all 16 tracks are so good. There is NOTHING I want to skip here, and that's rare for me. "On the Road" and "Day Will Come" round out the top 5. As I listen to the album more, I suspect that "Black Rain," "The Starting Line" and others will grow on me. The astonishly good b-side, "Myth," is not included on the album, but I was able to get that elsewhere and thus complete the package. Weakest tracks -- and these are still fine, just not memorable -- are "Neon River," "Boys," and "Sea Fog" -- I don't know why some listeners like "Sea Fog" so much, it's got a pretty sound but it's so boring compared to the rest of the tracks. If there's one complaint I'd make, it's that the songs are short; almost all of them are under 4 minutes. That's a shame, because with tunes this good, you really want to get into them and make them last. Fortunately, Keane gives us 16 songs here, so the album's total length is a very fine one hour. Bottom line: I'm really impressed by "Strangeland" and it will be stuck in my player for quite a while going forward.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album since Hopes and Fears
I have been a consistent fan of Keane since their first album. This album has an overall appeal that I have not experienced since Hopes and Fears first found my stereo.
Published 1 month ago by thedoogmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love?
Everything Keane does is absolutely brilliant. Tom's voice is as versatile as a violin and the rest of the band never disappoints me.
Published 1 month ago by terri osburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Came as intended
Favourite group. The CD had as promised by the group, the printed songs. Packaging was minimal and simple and adequate.
Published 3 months ago by B. Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing new album
Great indie rock band, there are some good songs in this album. It is worthy buying it.
I Strongly recommend!!
Published 5 months ago by eric
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE
Have loved Keane from inception. Have been disappointed by a few albums but this is NOT one of them. This album is great. If you're a fan, buy it! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alee
2.0 out of 5 stars This is strange... I don't like it too much...
Almost all the songs sound alike. I am wondering if these guys are composing for the new groups and have the sub quality songs saved for themselves. This is kinda boring. Read more
Published 7 months ago by FATHERFINGER
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as others
Not near as good as their first 3. but it'll have to do I guess.
I recommend the first record the most.
Published 7 months ago by My2CentsWorth
4.0 out of 5 stars Still quite good
Meh..........His older stuff is better but this is hard to compare to his older and more heartfelt tunes. Start with "Hopes and Fears" if you don't have it yet.
Published 8 months ago by C. OHARA
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangeland marks Keane's departure from their old sound while...
Among Keane's catalouge, this is perhaps the one that one would call the most pop-oriented. That is not to say that it is inferior, just a different sound. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lyndon Seow
5.0 out of 5 stars A Return to the Keane I Love
When I heard "Black Rain" on Youtube, I thought, "Keane is BACK!"

Having ardently loved the albums "Somewhere Only We Know" and "Under the Iron Sea," I was somewhat less... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mitri
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