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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. 70
    Somewhere Only We Know is one of 2004's loveliest tunes, and while nothing else on their debut album quite matches this apogee of woebegone non-energy, there's plenty to keep the eyes welling up. [Jun 2004, p.116]
  4. Keane rely too heavily on Chaplin's show-stopping vocals, and the radio-friendly simplicity of the lyrics grates.
  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: 67 out of 77
  2. Negative: 8 out of 77
  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 playing the keyboards creates a unique melody that is both beautiful and haunting. 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 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. 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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