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Album: Under the Iron Sea
# Song Title   Time
1)    Atlantic
2)    Is It Any Wonder?
3)    Nothing in My Way
4)    Leaving So Soon?
5)    Bad Dream, A
6)    Hamburg Song
7)    Put It Behind You
8)    Crystal Ball
9)    Try Again
10)    Broken Toy
11)    Frog Prince, The
 

Album: Under the Iron Sea
# Song Title   Time
1)    Atlantic
2)    Is It Any Wonder?
3)    Nothing in My Way
4)    Leaving So Soon?
5)    Bad Dream, A
6)    Hamburg Song
7)    Put It Behind You
8)    Crystal Ball
9)    Try Again
10)    Broken Toy
11)    Frog Prince, The
 
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Performer Notes
  • Keane: Richard Hughes , Tom Chaplin, Tim Rice-Oxley.
  • Personnel: Tom Chaplin (vocals); Andy Green (programming).
  • Audio Mixer: Mark "Spike" Stent.
  • Recording information: 04/2005-02/2006.
  • Having won both critical and commercial acclaim for their debut album, HOPES AND FEARS, British band Keane pushes the hook-infested keyboard-rock on their sophomore effort in a darker, moodier direction. But UNDER THE IRON SEA features an intense, romantic brand of melancholy, with the trio of Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, and Tim Rice-Oxley vamping their way through vaulting rock melodies and power ballads, all without the aid of a single guitar.
  • There are plenty of deliciously chewy guitar-like sounds, though, that Keane achieves by feeding electric pianos and synthesizers through various effects pedals and studio gear. The album begins with the gloomy pop gem "Atlantic," in which Chaplin broods over layers of swelling synths and insistent drum work before the song resolves into a clearing of pure melody. The song showcases Chaplin's soaring vocals, which are at points as tortured as Thom Yorke's and at others smoothly reminiscent of Freddie Mercury. On "Is It Any Wonder?" the verses strut along anxiously until a barely-in-control keyboard riff winds the song up into its gleeful chorus. Filled with moving, melodic rock, Keane's solid second effort points to further sonic expansions to come.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] bigger doses of atmospheric keyboard...it offers some of the same tuneful pleasures of the debut, with big-voiced Tom Chaplin digging into his big bag of swooping choruses."

Spin (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] lovely, piano-driven sounds....UNDER THE IRON SEA boasts an embarrassment of melodic riches..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "UNDER THE IRON SEA coats the group's typically hand-wringing lyrics with layers of symphonic embellishment." -- Grade: A-

Q (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The lyrics may be downbeat, but musically there's all sorts of festival-friendly, stomach-clenching brightness..."

Q (p.126) - Ranked #6 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Opening track 'Atlantic' has dark, dreamy quality they haven't displayed hitherto, 'Broken Toy' is jazzy and swoonsome...[and] 'Hamburg Song' is a gorgeously wistful ballad..."
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