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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release from the British alternative rock band is its first in seven years and was produced with David Kosten.
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  • Record Label: Island
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock
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The Way I Feel
Well they said you were a bright child Never anything but joy behind your eyes No sign of all the dark clouds Spreading like volcanic dust over your... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Q Magazine
    Sep 24, 2019
    80
    Cause & Effect plays to their strengths. [Nov 2019, p.112]
  2. Sep 20, 2019
    80
    This is an album of mature, accessible pop-rock. The singing is beautiful, the playing immaculate, the sound warm and rounded, with nothing to scare the horses.
  3. Sep 20, 2019
    70
    Not a game-changing comeback by any means, Cause and Effect is instead a satisfying return to form that manages to gracefully age Keane by invigorating a familiar formula with wisdom and honesty learned over a dramatic, life-changing decade.
  4. Sep 20, 2019
    60
    It may not make for the most comfortable listen, but Cause and Effect at least proves Keane are able to channel emotional states that are knottier and more compelling than that of their insipid early successes.
  5. 60
    Musically, the album hits in all the right spots, solidifying their expertise at penning sunny, earnest Radio 2-core. And when they deviate from the easier path, most notably on the slow, deeply sombre ‘Strange Room’, which sees Chaplin’s voice take on a genuinely affecting, downtrodden lower tone, ‘Cause and Effect’ begins to exist as more than a comeback album for the sake of a comeback album.
  6. 60
    Cause and Effect isn’t Keane breaking any new ground, but in the quieter moments it’s surprisingly good.
  7. Sep 25, 2019
    40
    Unfortunately, it’s little more than a bland exercise in pop that the band needs in order to sell records and tour again.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Oct 12, 2019
    10
    Keane is my favorite band of all time. Incredible and great lyrics, beautiful vocals, amazing music... Fantastic album. So glad they came back.
  2. Sep 24, 2019
    10
    Beautifully written songs and a very candid album that explores the ups and downs of live and life brilliantly.
  3. Sep 22, 2019
    10
    Keane are back! For me the best album of the year. The lyrics of “The Way I Feel”, “Love Too Much” and “Thread” are sad and beautiful. It’sKeane are back! For me the best album of the year. The lyrics of “The Way I Feel”, “Love Too Much” and “Thread” are sad and beautiful. It’s reassuring to know that you’re not alone in experiencing those sorts of emotions. It’s healing to know you’re part of team “broken part, missing link and punctured wheel”. And everybody else is just as confused, angry/sad and trying to work it. Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2019
    9
    Coming back after an uninspired release, i was expecting a cheap chisel at the pop statue. I was wrong. Aside from the 2 lead singles, theComing back after an uninspired release, i was expecting a cheap chisel at the pop statue. I was wrong. Aside from the 2 lead singles, the album creates a wonderful atmosphere. Not a drop spared on each track. Well, done keane. Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2019
    8
    Um ótimo álbum de retorno, e Keane mostrando que ainda sabe fazer aquelas mesmas músicas românticas maravilhosas de 15 anos atrás. Poderia serUm ótimo álbum de retorno, e Keane mostrando que ainda sabe fazer aquelas mesmas músicas românticas maravilhosas de 15 anos atrás. Poderia ser melhor, mas o que temos em mão é muito bom. Expand
  6. Sep 21, 2019
    8
    Despite all the "objective" "critics", this is a great album. Beautiful singin', Tom Chaplin is at his best, specially in "Strange Room".Despite all the "objective" "critics", this is a great album. Beautiful singin', Tom Chaplin is at his best, specially in "Strange Room". Great lyrics in "Love Too Much" and the band sounds in perfect shape. Expand
  7. Sep 26, 2019
    3
    To sum up the album: Mundane. The album is really subdued and almost too relaxing. If you’re looking for some background music to put at 10%To sum up the album: Mundane. The album is really subdued and almost too relaxing. If you’re looking for some background music to put at 10% volume while you study or do schoolwork, this is the perfect album. If you were looking for creative, engaging, and moving music from Keane, you’ll be left going back to earlier albums. The lyrics may be interesting but honestly the tone and beat of the album is really mundane; repetitive, even-keeled, and entrancing in all the wrong ways. This album simply bored me. Expand

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