Perfect Symmetry

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Universal acclaim- based on 79 Ratings

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  • Summary: The third album for the British rock group was produced with Jon Brion and Stuart Price.

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Spiralling
Ohh! Ohh! I'm waiting for my moment to come I'm waiting for the movie to begin I'm waiting for a revelation I'm waiting for someone to count me... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. As rock goes, Symmetry remains a relatively quiet riot, but in the context of the band itself, it's a welcome revelation.
  2. Q Magazine
    80
    It's one of the least boring records you'll hear this year. [Nov 2008, p.108]
  3. It is a surprise and a thrill to hear that even as the band enters its "artsy" phase--expanding its instrumental palette to include mewling saws and clattering percussion--the songs remain uniformly excellent from stem to stern.
  4. While this isn't the daring brave leap forward that was whispered about when Spiralling was released, it will no doubt prove another multi-million seller for the trio from Battle.
  5. 60
    It's ambitious, triumphantly executed stuff--melodically, lyrically, Tim Oxley-Rice is a vastly superior songsmith to Chris Martin--and will doubtless shortly be inescapable. But you can't shake the dispiriting feeling it might have all been expressly commissioned by Dave Cameron for the opening night of London 2012.
  6. Unfortunately, Perfect Symmetry is an album characterized by its heavy-handedness, so while it sounds as though the band was aiming for Echo & the Bunnymen, they hit Duran Duran or Simple Minds instead, making for a brand new record that often sounds badly dated.
  7. Musically, they’ve ripped off swathes of things contemporary and popular to make them ‘hip’, but it just feels like some dodgy old guy at a bus stop telling you he digs Klaxons.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Feb 26, 2017
    10
    I think what bothered most people was the sudden shift in the band's style of music. They are definitely trying to sound more pop-related inI think what bothered most people was the sudden shift in the band's style of music. They are definitely trying to sound more pop-related in this album, but the way they pull it off aligns more closely to their own, and doesn't mimic the mainstream by any means. The lyrics here are also some of the best they've ever done hands down. Expand
  2. DeAnnaK.
    Dec 28, 2008
    10
    Awesome album...I really like "Love is the end" and "You haven't told me anything" And for the review from Mojo, it was Tom Chaplin that Awesome album...I really like "Love is the end" and "You haven't told me anything" And for the review from Mojo, it was Tom Chaplin that was in rehab for alcoholism, not Tim Rice-Oxley. Expand
  3. MarioA.
    Oct 16, 2008
    10
    This album es amazing! you can see how the band are envolving in this new and fresh sound. I love it!
  4. JohnB.
    Jul 20, 2009
    10
    This cd was a great suprise from Keane. I love the way they are changing. Anyone who thinks this album is bad must have brain damage.
  5. AndréB
    Nov 27, 2008
    9
    Very good album. Incredibly different from the other 2 first good ones, but that is not a bad thing. Here, different means creative.
  6. MattG
    Jan 5, 2009
    8
    A welcome return to form for Keane. Aside from the three excellent singles, highlights include Again and Again and Black Burning Heart. Not a A welcome return to form for Keane. Aside from the three excellent singles, highlights include Again and Again and Black Burning Heart. Not a classic like Hopes and Fears but if you like Keane this album wont disapoint. Expand
  7. dougt
    Aug 1, 2009
    2
    I absolutely love the first 2 albums. Even the B-sides were great. I couldn't have been more disappointed when Perfect Symmetry was I absolutely love the first 2 albums. Even the B-sides were great. I couldn't have been more disappointed when Perfect Symmetry was released. Every Keane fan I know agrees that this album is horrible. I'm simply shocked that so many people are giving it a 10. What are you listening to? Maybe you have a different album than I do. The only song that even comes close to the music from the first 2 albums is "Black Burning Heart" and even that goes south with the lame French talk in the middle. Very disappointing. I'm truly hoping they bounce back with their 4th album. Expand

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