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  • Summary: Album number two for the stadium-friendly, piano-led British trio follows two years after the unexpected mega-success of their debut 'Hopes And Fears.'

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Is It Any Wonder?
I, I always thought that I knew I'd always have the right to Be living in the kingdom of the good and true And so on, but now I think I was... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Aside from a single misstep (the title track, an instrumental that could serve as the too-ponderous theme for an art film about the rise and fall of Atlantis), the strings and things work well, adding density and drama.
  2. Die-hard fans might rush to judge Under the Iron Sea as sounding a bit too much like U2.
  3. Despite the rousing music and the earnestness of Tom Chaplin's voice, Keane still sing passionately about not very much in particular.
  4. Paste Magazine
    60
    Keane knows its niche and plays it well. [Aug 2006, p.97]
  5. Blender
    60
    Beautiful but strangely unhinged. [Jul 2006, p.100]
  6. Mojo
    60
    Their new direction sounds suspiciously like the old one. [Jul 2006, p.100]
  7. Keane have talked up Under the Iron Sea as being bleaker, more raw than their debut album. It is about the things they have seen over the last two years, the problems, the horrors, the sin. But Keane have not been uncovering the carcases of napalmed babies for the last two years. They’ve been playing music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 57
  2. Negative: 2 out of 57
  1. JimH
    Jun 25, 2006
    10
    The critics are being unfair, this is without a doubt one of the best albums you will listen to this year. Great tunes, good songwriting, and The critics are being unfair, this is without a doubt one of the best albums you will listen to this year. Great tunes, good songwriting, and after a few listens you will be hooked. Are Keane similar to U2 and Coldplay? Absolutely, but they do have their own great sound which is still better than 99% of whats out there right now. This is the best album I have listened to this year so far, "A BAD DREAM"- anti-war song?, "CRYSTAL BALL", "HAMBURG SONG"- a simple song that shows Chaplin can really sing, "ATLANTIC" and ''IS IT ANY WONDER" and "PUT IT BEHIND YOU NOW" are also great tunes. Trust me after a few listens, you will be hooked. This album is every bit as good as Keane's debut album and as good as anything in this genre of music... Expand
  2. Tori
    Aug 1, 2007
    10
    Love love love this CD! I thought they couldn't top their first CD, but they did. Amazing. "Nothing In My Way" is my favorite, but "A Love love love this CD! I thought they couldn't top their first CD, but they did. Amazing. "Nothing In My Way" is my favorite, but "A Bad Dream" gets to me every time. Isn't it incredible that Tom sounds like John Lennon so appropriately singing an anti-war song? Expand
  3. JorgeP
    Apr 22, 2007
    10
    One of the best albums in history.
  4. TimH
    Jul 28, 2006
    9
    Maybe it's too poppy, maybe it's too pretty, maybe it sounds too much like their first one... maybe it sounds like they're Maybe it's too poppy, maybe it's too pretty, maybe it sounds too much like their first one... maybe it sounds like they're copying too many other bands. I couldn't really care less. It's beautiful, and I love it. Expand
  5. CraigD
    Jan 21, 2007
    8
    A great follow-up to a fantastic debut. "A Bad Dream" and "Leaving So Soon" stand out for me, whilst even the slower songs like "Hamburg A great follow-up to a fantastic debut. "A Bad Dream" and "Leaving So Soon" stand out for me, whilst even the slower songs like "Hamburg Song" have their own appeal. True, it isn't much darker in sound (only lyrically), but this is nevertheless a fantastically pleasant album, with just the one filler song. This will probably end up being the most underrated album of 2006...Shame that three-chord emo rock has taken over from the truly enchanting melodies that real bands, such as Keane, consistently churn out. Wonderful stuff. Expand
  6. TennesseeJed
    Jun 23, 2006
    8
    A much better overall album than "Hopes..." - some critics just can't enjoy expertly crafted pop music!
  7. JohnL
    Aug 29, 2006
    0
    the worst pop record I've ever listened to.

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