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  • Summary: The third album for the British rock group was produced with Jon Brion and Stuart Price.
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. 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.
  3. It's one of the least boring records you'll hear this year. [Nov 2008, p.108]
  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. The band's underlying strength remains Chaplin's ability to turn a melodic phrase with grace and dexterity, which fails to lose its vitality no matter the musical context, but Keane's willingness to take these left-hand turns deserves its own share of accolades.
  6. 50
    Despite its boldness, Perfect Symmetry is as swollen with corny grandeur as a political convention, guided by the delusion that a pompous speech somehow becomes fun if it’s accompanied by a balloon drop.
  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: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Sep 30, 2010
    10
    "Perfect Symmetry" is a wonderful listen. Fantastic melodies, great harmonies in just the right places, interesting sounds, great pop music!"Perfect Symmetry" is a wonderful listen. Fantastic melodies, great harmonies in just the right places, interesting sounds, great pop music! Music is ultimately a matter of taste, but to complain about synthesizers is just plain rubbish. I wouldn't care if Keane played these songs on homemade rubber band guitars; the songs would still be good. Deep, thoughtful, literate lyrics as well. This is the only Keane album I'm familiar with at this point, and it will definitely lead me to check out the earlier albums. Expand
  2. JasmineK
    Dec 25, 2008
    10
    I can't analyze music, but I've been listening for half a decade and I love Keane. So there.
  3. dickq.
    Oct 14, 2008
    10
    Not their best album as a whole, but some of the songs (The Lovers are Losing, Perfect Symmetry, Black Burning Heart, Love is the End) are Not their best album as a whole, but some of the songs (The Lovers are Losing, Perfect Symmetry, Black Burning Heart, Love is the End) are some of the best I've ever heard from the band, and this is coming from a guy who has every single one of this bands SONGS. 10 for Keane! Expand
  4. DamonR
    Feb 15, 2009
    10
    I msut admit to being a huge keane fan and was very impressed with the first two albums but this third is superb. They may not be I msut admit to being a huge keane fan and was very impressed with the first two albums but this third is superb. They may not be 'cool' enough to satisfy the music press but believe me their general apathy isn't shared by most punters. Expand
  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. Aug 5, 2013
    8
    Perfect Symmetry was my first Keane album and in my opinion their second best with many highlights. They say it isn't good and poor howeverPerfect Symmetry was my first Keane album and in my opinion their second best with many highlights. They say it isn't good and poor however this is a landmark album as it signifies a change in sound and shouldn't be dismissed as 80's influenced trash. The songs are great to listen to and catchy, the B-Sides are amazing. Truly deserved better reactions. 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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