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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'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: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Jun 13, 2015
    10
    Oh peoples ,this style was absolutely incredible,each other song = 1 album,"Perfect Symmetry" - main song..i'm happy ,what heardOh peoples ,this style was absolutely incredible,each other song = 1 album,"Perfect Symmetry" - main song..i'm happy ,what heard it..............10/10 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. 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. akeemg.
    Mar 9, 2009
    10
    I knew that perfect symmetry was going to be different from hopes and fears and under the iron sea but I wasn't expecting it to be this I knew that perfect symmetry was going to be different from hopes and fears and under the iron sea but I wasn't expecting it to be this different,however I did expect perfect symmetry to sound good and it did.When I first bought this album I kept on checking the CD,the CD case, and the lyric booklet over and over again to make sure that I didn't pick up some other music by mistake because I could not believe that I was listening to kean since the atmosphere of perfect symmetry is completely different from the atmosphere of hopes and fears and under the irom sea.Please correct me if I am wrong but perfect symmetry sounds like music from a time long past( lets say the 1980's ) mixed with some new stuff.All of the songs has touched me in some way,it's as if Kean had interviewed me and had written down all of my dreams,feelings,and thoughts and turned them into dreamy lyrics that is supported by the mysterious sounds of instruments.I can't wait to see what kean's next album will be like. 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. 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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