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Hopes And Fears

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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.) Keane haven't positioned themselves to be kings of anything, though, let alone the next Coldplay. 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 open-hearted ambition on Hopes and Fears is audible on every song. Lead vocalist Tom Chaplin's rich vocals are as vibrant as any choir, and track 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 rather than emulating -- and it's a respectable match at that.
© MacKenzie Wilson /TiVo

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1
Somewhere Only We Know
00:03:56

Richard Hughes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Green, Producer - Tim Rice-Oxley, Bass, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Treahearn, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jenson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Haggett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keane, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tom Chaplin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

2
Bend & Break
00:03:39

Richard Hughes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Green, Producer - Tim Rice-Oxley, Bass, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Treahearn, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jenson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Haggett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keane, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Chaplin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

3
We Might As Well Be Strangers
00:03:12

Richard Hughes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Green, Producer - Tim Rice-Oxley, Bass, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Treahearn, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jenson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Haggett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keane, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Chaplin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

4
Everybody's Changing
00:03:35

Richard Hughes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Green, Producer - Tim Rice-Oxley, Bass, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Treahearn, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jenson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Haggett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keane, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Chaplin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

5
Your Eyes Open
00:03:22

Richard Hughes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Green, Producer - Tim Rice-Oxley, Bass, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Treahearn, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jenson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Haggett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keane, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Chaplin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

6
She Has No Time
00:05:45

Richard Hughes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Green, Producer - Tim Rice-Oxley, Bass, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Rice, 5-String Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - David Treahearn, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jenson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Haggett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keane, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Chaplin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

7
Can't Stop Now
00:03:38

Richard Hughes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Green, Producer - Tim Rice-Oxley, Bass, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Treahearn, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jenson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Haggett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keane, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Chaplin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

8
Sunshine
00:04:11

Richard Hughes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Green, Producer - Tim Rice-Oxley, Bass, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Sanger, ComposerLyricist - David Treahearn, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jenson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Haggett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keane, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Chaplin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

9
This Is The Last Time
00:03:28

Richard Hughes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Green, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Rice-Oxley, Bass, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Sanger, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Treahearn, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jenson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Haggett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keane, Producer, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Chaplin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

10
On A Day Like Today
00:05:26

Richard Hughes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Green, Producer - Tim Rice-Oxley, Bass, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Treahearn, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jenson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Haggett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keane, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Chaplin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

11
Untitled 1
00:05:36

Richard Hughes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Green, Producer - Tim Rice-Oxley, Bass, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - David Treahearn, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jenson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Haggett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keane, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Chaplin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

12
Bedshaped
00:04:36

Richard Hughes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Green, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Rice-Oxley, Bass, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Sanger, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Treahearn, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Jenson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Haggett, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keane, Producer, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Chaplin, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

Album Description

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.) Keane haven't positioned themselves to be kings of anything, though, let alone the next Coldplay. 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 open-hearted ambition on Hopes and Fears is audible on every song. Lead vocalist Tom Chaplin's rich vocals are as vibrant as any choir, and track 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 rather than emulating -- and it's a respectable match at that.
© MacKenzie Wilson /TiVo

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