Perfect Symmetry

Album Review of Perfect Symmetry by Keane.

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Perfect Symmetry


Perfect Symmetry by Keane

Release Date: Oct 14, 2008
Record label: Interscope
Genre(s): Rock, Pop, Alternative

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Perfect Symmetry - Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics

Entertainment Weekly - 79
Based on rating B+

No disrespect to big daddies Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Joel, and Elton John, but piano rock often fails miserably at, well, rocking. And Keane, the British three-piece behind several successive hit singles Stateside — including ”Somewhere Only We Know” and ”Is It Any Wonder?” — have tended in the past to make even their touchy-feely counterparts in Coldplay sound positively badass by comparison. But on their third release Perfect Symmetry, the band — still without either guitar or bass — have suddenly, gratifyingly, found their mojo.

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The Guardian - 60
Based on rating 3/5

Over the course of their career, much mockery has been aimed at Keane. The Sussex trio have variously stood accused of being too middle-of-the-road, too calculating - this is, after all, the band who employed a branding consultant months before they signed a record deal - and too polite and privileged to rock. Not even frontman Tom Chaplin's spell in the Priory passed without a scurrilous rumour, started by Kasabian, that Chaplin was being treated not for a cocaine problem but an addiction to port.

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AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10

"Fun" seems to be at the top of the band's agenda, though, and Perfect Symmetry succeeds in doing away with most of the pre-conceived notions that accompany Keane records. The "old" sound doesn't even surface until midway through the album, when the album's title track offers up a combination of sparse piano notes (later giving way to dense, double-fisted arpeggios) and a meteoric chorus. But that's the exception, not the rule, and Perfect Symmetry sounds more comfortable during its truly unexpected moments: the spacy blips and bleeps of "You Haven't Told Me Anything," the synthesized anthem "Again and Again," and the energetic "Wooooooh!" that opens the entire album.

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