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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. 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. Keane knows its niche and plays it well. [Aug 2006, p.97]
  5. 60
    Beautiful but strangely unhinged. [Jul 2006, p.100]
  6. 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 54
  2. Negative: 2 out of 54
  1. mattg
    Jun 24, 2006
    10
    i think that it's a work of gold.
  2. tristant
    Feb 18, 2007
    10
    Beautiful melodys, amazing lyrics and the best voice in music!!! I thought Hopes and Fears could not be surpassed but Under the Iron Sea has Beautiful melodys, amazing lyrics and the best voice in music!!! I thought Hopes and Fears could not be surpassed but Under the Iron Sea has done this. In a time where we are plagued with fad bands ie The Arctic Monkeys, who cant sing a note and probably wont be around in a year because every song sounds the same, Keane are a breath of fresh air. Real music which has real depth and emotion!! Keep it going lads. 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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