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Posted by: Dave on October 26, 2008 at 10:30 pm

KeanePerfectSymmetrySound: The wussy, sentimental piano pop from their debut evolved into something edgier on Under the Iron Sea. Now, the piano has taken even more of a backseat as bouncy, ‘80s new wavy synths and grand guitar riffs play their most prominent role yet. Perfect Symmetry presents a peppier, more fun version of Keane featuring anthemic choruses and Tom Chaplin’s powerful, gorgeous vocals.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Spiralling” (Top 20 Songs of 2008 Candidate); “Pretend That You’re Alone”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Better Than This”; “Playing Along”; “Again and Again”; “You Don’t See Me”
Recommended: Fans of James, The Killers and U2 should find lots to like on here. Originally Tom Chaplin took his beautiful voice and squandered it on music that was a little too sappy. But now he’s realizing its potential – in the way the frontmen of the aforementioned bands do – and using it to command your attention with gripping melodies. And if you pay attention to his bandmate Tim Rice Oxley’s lyrics, you’ll hear that he’s stepped up his game, too. This is Keane’s best effort to date. Hopefully they keep evolving in such a positive way.
Grade: A-

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