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  • Summary: Yes, you'll see the word "Coldplay" in nearly every review for this debut disc, but the UK trio stand out from the crowd with their unconventional lineup of vocals, drums, and piano.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Basically, this is a fantastic band releasing twelve brilliant songs, and it's not only the best guitar album you'll ever hear with no guitars on it, it's one of the best this year generally.
  2. As a collection of songs, this is hugely impressive. As a debut album, its confidence is right up there with Definitely Maybe. [May 2004, p.96]
  3. There isn't much variety on the disc, which many will find a bit thin after repeated spins, but there's no doubting the band's clean, confident sound.
  4. This album is full of ballads fuelled by feelings of alienation, but Chaplin's voice is consistently powerful and lacks the fragility that would give these songs the edge the band obviously thinks they have.
  5. Despite some fine moments, on the whole there's not enough that's memorable or above average. No one would give Keane a second glance if Tom Chaplin did not possess such a gift of a voice.
  6. The continual sense of aesthetic, structural and emotional conservatism constantly makes the listener feel short-changed, Singing Tom persistently pleading his own honesty and kindness and suitability and weakness.
  7. Coldplaya-hatas will loathe Keane; most others will just be insulted.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 79
  2. Negative: 8 out of 79
  1. KillianD
    Jul 5, 2007
    10
    10/10 This album is a spectacular album. Full Stop.
  2. DH
    Jun 25, 2006
    10
    This is about as good an album of pop/rock music I have ever heard. A masterpiece, Chaplin has a great voice and unlike so many frontmen I This is about as good an album of pop/rock music I have ever heard. A masterpiece, Chaplin has a great voice and unlike so many frontmen I can actually make out the words he is singing. Lyrically it can be vague, but thats actually a good thing since music should be a work of art and up for several different interpretations. Music that relies on a great voice, piano/keyboards, and drums. Its a refreshing change with a great sound. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2012
    10
    For the rest of my life, a real gem of musical inspiration. It has themes that are recorded in the heart, never leave me. Have been slow, butFor the rest of my life, a real gem of musical inspiration. It has themes that are recorded in the heart, never leave me. Have been slow, but have come. Long live Keane. Expand
  4. CoreyM
    Jul 15, 2005
    9
    One of the best pop records in awhile. "somewhere only we know", "can't stop now" "we might as well be strangers" and "bedshaped" are One of the best pop records in awhile. "somewhere only we know", "can't stop now" "we might as well be strangers" and "bedshaped" are modern masterpieces in british pop. Expand
  5. sheila
    Oct 20, 2004
    9
    I adore this album. It's incredibly beautiful and breathtaking. The singer's voice is lovely and the piano soars.
  6. Ricky
    Feb 14, 2006
    8
    A great album that i've yet to tire from.
  7. Aidank
    Sep 3, 2005
    0
    yawn. what a bore

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