Under The Iron Sea

Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic 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. Urb
    80
    This time the band offers a variety of styles, from uptempo rockers to gorgeous ballads to move you. [Jun 2006, p.119]
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    This lack of reinvention... does not mean lack of invention. [Jul 2006, p.108]
  4. Despite the rousing music and the earnestness of Tom Chaplin's voice, Keane still sing passionately about not very much in particular.
  5. Uncut
    70
    In truth, only an uncharitable curmudgeon could fail to appreciate Tim Rice-Oxley's vastly improved pop songwriting. [Jul 2006, p.102]
  6. An album to return to again and again, whose depth grows with every spin.
  7. Die-hard fans might rush to judge Under the Iron Sea as sounding a bit too much like U2.
  8. 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.
  9. Even if Keane hasn't completely gone down with Under The Iron Sea, the band is merely treading water here.
  10. [Songwriter Tim] Rice-Oxley sells his gifts short too often by falling back on tritely positivist pap like "Put It Behind You" and "Try Again," and even Andy Green's electrifying production can't save pasty, interminable songs like "Crystal Ball," "Broken Toy," and (c'mon, now) "The Frog Prince."
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 55
  2. Negative: 2 out of 55
  1. JorgeP
    Apr 22, 2007
    10
    One of the best albums in history.
  2. Jun 13, 2015
    10
    Second album haves a unplugged taste of sadness and depression .. in all sides reveals the power of the keys...the drums are also aSecond album haves a unplugged taste of sadness and depression .. in all sides reveals the power of the keys...the drums are also a masterpiece ...bravo! Full Review »
  3. Jan 30, 2015
    10
    One of the most underrated albums of the last century. From the second the album opens with 'Atlantic', you can hear the power and passionOne of the most underrated albums of the last century. From the second the album opens with 'Atlantic', you can hear the power and passion that was put into this album. An album of visual wonder. Totally electrifying. Full Review »