Paste MagazineKeane knows its niche and plays it well. [Aug 2006, p.97]
BlenderBeautiful but strangely unhinged. [Jul 2006, p.100]
MojoTheir new direction sounds suspiciously like the old one. [Jul 2006, p.100]
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.
JimHJun 25, 2006The 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
ChristopherGMay 15, 2007One of the most moving and talented albums of the decade
JorgePApr 22, 2007One of the best albums in history.
KalinaTJul 11, 2006I liked their first CD better because the songs appealed to me more, but this one's good too. I just love their sound, what can I say?
CraigDJan 21, 2007A 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
PatrickF.Jun 23, 2006This is a really enjoyable album. Although I do have to issue with any of the critics who compare Keane to U2. I mean despite the fact they This is a really enjoyable album. Although I do have to issue with any of the critics who compare Keane to U2. I mean despite the fact they probably all enjoy a good pint, there is virtually nothing in common. Now, if you want to start comparing Keane to Travis...you got yourself a conversation.… Expand
JohnLAug 29, 2006the worst pop record I've ever listened to.
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