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By A.D. Amorosi on May 18, 2012



How strange can Britain’s buoyantly dramatic Keane be if the Tom Chaplin–led quartet is still pounding away on its grand pianos and howling woefully about busted romance and ruinous celebrity? Actually, in a relief from the Alan Parsons Project–like bombast of their Perfect Symmetry album (oy), the Keane ones have returned to the rich luster of their first album’s compositional craft and found youthful zeal, as opposed to weariness (“You Are Young”), hopeful emotionalism (“Silenced By the Night”) and cool confident melodies with effortlessly and theatrically arching bridges as their guide. If you’re looking for the quartet’s usual twist in its sobriety, there’s a Sondheim-ian feel to Keane’s particularly ardent brand of complex pop melancholy this time out to go with its new sense of directness. Tell the kids. 

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