Under The Iron Sea

Album Review of Under The Iron Sea by Keane.

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Under The Iron Sea

Keane

Under The Iron Sea by Keane

Release Date: Jun 20, 2006
Record label: Interscope
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative

65 Music Critic Score
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Under The Iron Sea - Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

In the two years that followed the release of their debut album, Keane established themselves as a promising part of the mainstream rock canon. Hit singles like "Somewhere Only We Know," "Bedshaped," and "Everything's Changing" made Hopes and Fears a transatlantic hit, earning the trio two Brit Awards, a Grammy nomination, and a host of sold-out world tours. Critics deemed them as likeable and as accessible as Coldplay, but Keane's return isn't as buoyant as their initial introduction, even if it keeps melody at the forefront.

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The Guardian - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

Ask Keane to comment on the human condition, and they'll write a well-upholstered ballad about it. Their weakness for orchestral drama (which they achieve as a guitarless three-piece) and ability to condense it into four quivering minutes has brought them both critical derision and a debut, Hopes and Fears, that has just marked its 85th week in the chart. For their second album, they haven't fixed what wasn't broken - so here's another emotive collection that is prepared to huff and puff until it's embedded in the Radio 2 playlist.

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