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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: 68 out of 78
  2. Negative: 8 out of 78
  1. KillianD
    Jul 5, 2007
    10
    10/10 This album is a spectacular album. Full Stop.
  2. Lorae
    Nov 2, 2005
    10
    My favorite album this year. Start to finish I can't get sick of it. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
  3. Jul 27, 2012
    10
    Personally, I think that this is one of the best albums of all time. The lead singer's voice is amazing and their signature style of playingPersonally, I think that this is one of the best albums of all time. The lead singer's voice is amazing and their signature style of playing the keyboards creates a unique melody that is both beautiful and haunting. Expand
  4. RoyalC
    Apr 26, 2005
    9
    This album has grown on me tremendously since i first sampled it. There are hooks galore on the album but none feel cheep or lame. Some great This album has grown on me tremendously since i first sampled it. There are hooks galore on the album but none feel cheep or lame. Some great lyrics to go with the hooks as well. Expand
  5. AlbertoI
    Jul 6, 2004
    9
    Great album!
  6. RandyB
    Jul 17, 2005
    8
    While some would say Keane is reminiscent of Coldplay, others who
  7. Aidank
    Sep 3, 2005
    0
    yawn. what a bore

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