HOPES AND FEARS
ISLAND, UNIVERSAL RELEASE:
MAY 26, 2004 REVIEW: JUNE
I’ve had some rough weeks, breaking
up from my girlfriend and getting
thrown into a big project at work.
Not a good combination, since it’s
hard to think about boring stuff like
XML when you’ve just broken
up. Then suddenly a friend of mine
told me to listen to Keane, the best
thing since sliced bread, according
to him. Said and done, I got hold
of a copy of “Hopes and Fears”
and gave it a try. And damn what an
album it is. It came into my life
and made it a bit easier, which is
quite a feat.
One interesting aspect of Keane is that they don’t use guitars.
Instead they rely on drums, piano, synthesizers and bass, concocting sweet
melodies and harmonies that made my spirits soar, and put a smile to my
face. I just put the album on repeat, and my worldly troubles seemed pretty
distant. The song trio “Bend and Break”, “Everybody’s
Changing” and “Bedshaped” is impossible to get tired
of. Trust me, I’ve tried, and played them relentlessly.
The music journalists in the UK are
falling over themselves trying to
tell the public that Keane is the
new hope for British pop music. Such
sentiments mean little to me, but
this truly is a fantastic debut album.
The three lads have known each other
since school and singer Tom Chaplain
has the face of a baby, but the voice
of an angel. This is no boy band put
together by a greedy manager. They
sing about love of course, both lost
and found, and about being lonely.
Not very original perhaps, but they
do it with intelligence and wit.
If you like solid song writing instead of noise experiments, you can’t