Night Train [EP]

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Chaplin, Rice-Oxley and drummer Richard Hughes, chased down something different while still remaining true to their former records. Not only does it work, it provides a valuable lesson for bands that are far too afraid of taking risks.
  2. Q Magazine
    80
    The eight tracks and 31 minutes of the Night Train EP/mini-album, recorded during the Pefect Symmetry tour, should sate the faithful. [Jun 2100, p.127]
  3. As a transitional release, however, Night Train points to an even bigger and brighter future: it mostly sounds like a band happy to enjoy the freedom of chalking up 10 million album sales, and everyone else can take a running jump.
  4. 70
    That toughening process continues on this intrepid eight-song mini-album.
  5. On Night Train their knack for earworm melodies is hard to fault, but between rap breakdowns from K'Naan and the odd techno noodlings, it can be tough to tell who's at the wheel.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Sep 24, 2010
    7
    perfect album experimental..for a try on new things keane do very well jog the collaborations are very good its good to see then beingperfect album experimental..for a try on new things keane do very well jog the collaborations are very good its good to see then being different in each album Full Review »
  2. Feb 26, 2017
    9
    The album definitely was a shot in the dark, and the experimentation was a grand overhaul for the band. Ishin Dishin was however the downfallThe album definitely was a shot in the dark, and the experimentation was a grand overhaul for the band. Ishin Dishin was however the downfall of this EP, and more songs that resembled "Stop for a Minute" and "Looking Back" would have made the album way more consistent. Overall, The quality from the band still shines through. Full Review »
  3. Dec 11, 2016
    4
    Had this have been released as a studio album, it would have been career suicide. The fact it's an EP makes it forgivable. It's good to hearHad this have been released as a studio album, it would have been career suicide. The fact it's an EP makes it forgivable. It's good to hear them having fun and experimenting, but overall it's still a mess. 'Your Love' is a standout track here for it's classic synth-rock sound, as well as 'My Shadow' for it's classic Keane sound. The others are cheap, forgettable and a little trying-to-hard-to-be-different. Full Review »