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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.'
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. What they have done, to their credit, is take the best elements from those bands--Radiohead's soaring melodies, U2's scope and volume, Coldplay's dogged earnestness--and combine them into something that, for much of Under The Iron Sea's running time, is a perfectly respectable alternative to, say, the likes of Train or The Goo Goo Dolls or to Coldplay's comparatively bland X&Y.
  3. Despite the rousing music and the earnestness of Tom Chaplin's voice, Keane still sing passionately about not very much in particular.
  4. Whether you'll like the newest Keane offering depends largely on your appetite for melodrama.
  5. Depending on your taste for high romance, it either adds up to heart-tugging pop or nice dinner music.
  6. Keane knows its niche and plays it well. [Aug 2006, p.97]
  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: 48 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
  1. PeteS
    Jun 23, 2006
    10
    A great album. It will be listened to as much(if thats possible)as "Hopes and Fears". And you know what they say: "Those that can't do....review" Expand
  2. richardj
    Aug 29, 2006
    10
    For the record i don´t like Keane (i don´t really know why but i guess it´s the same reason as razorlight they get overplayed and i don´t like either´s vocies) but this album is amazing! If rufus wainwright or any alternative artist did this album you would be on it like flys to dog sh*t! But because it´s Keane oh lets slag them off cos they are popular and from a major and blah blah blah! This album is much more musical then the first has also got a lot of dynamic range, yes sometimes mellodramatic (rufus wainwright & Anthony and the johnsons do the same!) The singles which have been released are not my favourites of here but the album as a such is very strong! This album has surpised me and i feel Keane can grow into a better band after the differcult second album, infact when their third comes out i will buy their next one! As this album impressed me a lot! The only album in it´s field i would recommend its the guillermots! This should have had the same score in my opinion! Oh well it is only opinions! Expand
  3. JorgeP
    Apr 22, 2007
    10
    One of the best albums in history.
  4. BradS
    Jul 10, 2006
    9
    Great!
  5. AlexA
    Jul 27, 2006
    8
    A very inventive record.
  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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