Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

KEANE Perfect Symmetry (Universal Island)

Ah, the upbeat album – upbeat that is for arch Les Miserables, Keane.



After the doom and gloom, the sorrow and rejection of previous records, the band have lightened the load somewhat with an album offering some hope and promise.

Perfect Symmetry still has some angst-ridden moments — The Lovers Are Losing, for example — but in the main it is uplifting with a spirit one would not associate with such a group.

And in the opening tune, Spiralling, and the terrific Black Burning Heat, which gradually builds in atmosphere, they have produced two of their best every album songs.

The David Bowie-like Better Than This should have been better than this but Tom Chaplin’s falsetto vocals sound like he’s taking the Mick out of The Darkness’s Justin Hawkins.

Still, there is enough good material here to suggest Keane can mix it if they’re in the mood.

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