Top reviews from other countries. I remember buying this album back in when it was released without listening to a single track as Keane are probably the only band for me where I know that I will love every song on every album and Under The Iron Sea is no different for me. I have been a huge fan of Keane since they first started and played a number of support gigs to Travis. It astounds me that people do not like this band because there seen as "UNCOOL" as they don't have the rocky coolness I mean what a load of crap not to like a band regardless of music just because there seen as "UNCOOL" even though they produce amazing albums where every song could be a single.
Yes this album does have a darker edge to it but it's up there for me with all the rest of there great album's there music is also great driving music too! Again shame on you if you rated the album 3 stars or lower! Your wrong in a big way!
Dark but radiant! The first time I heard Keane was on the radio when I was I was into a lot of pop rock and rock music and I really couldn't like the sound of the slow and mellow piano driven songs from Hopes and fears. When I was 16 the band released the single Is it any wonder. I wasn't a huge fan of the song but I did really like the more rock sound with a pounding chorus and gripping lyrics. It was the 1st thing which initially attracted me to the band. By that time my musical tastes had progressed but I definitely wasn't ready for the piano tunes.
Then later when Crystal Ball was released, which is still my favourite Keane song, I bought the single and this was a song which really grabbed my attention. I loved the sound of the whole song and especially the chorus which seems to run and keep going. I could and I'm sure always will, be able to relate to it. At the time I certainly wasn't going to purchase the album though.
So a couple of years later I started listening to Crystal ball again after it had been left within the stack of my CD collection and I really enjoyed it again.
It was hard not to notice it because it sticks out so much with that weird white biodegradable case. So by that point I had discovered Amazon and I thought that one day in the future I might buy the album.
So it was early September by the time I was possessed to purchase it. I bought the deluxe version because it was the best deal and I am very happy I did. I wasn't a Keane fan before buying but now I'm definitely a Keane fan! On my first listen of the album I was captivated. It turned out sounding much better than I expected and I think the album is a complete masterpiece. It's easily Keane's best work, and a welcome change to the more simple piano sound of the previous album.
The distortion sounds and effects are amazing and that's why this album is so beautiful. Every song is so great. The album kicks of with Atlantic which is a sounds cape unlike any other and lasts for over 4 minutes, like most of the songs on the album. It is so hauntingly beautiful and really captures the themes of loneliness and being lost.
The second half of the song has a different sound to the 1st half but it's altogether amazing. Is it any wonder was the 1st single and it's a catchy hit that really sums up what this album represents. Easily likeable. Nothing in my way has a more simple piano sound and the chorus is upbeat rather than the verse. The drum part on Leaving so soon is pretty rad and it's one of those parts that Richard was probably talking about that Tim invents.
Bad dream is one of my favourites and has an amazing sound. It's all fairly the same tempo and its melancholy is thrilling. The middle8 has a real taste of the distorted piano scope. Hamburg song is slow and sounds like it uses organ.
It's truly beautiful sounding though. Put it behind you is one of my favourites and has such a catchy rhythm. The iron sea is scintillatingly haunting but beautiful. Incredible sound. Try again is similar to Hamburg song and one that Tom loves. Broken toy is so different and has this great intro and outro with spooky vocal sounds.
Hauntingly mesmerising. The frog prince is our bonus on the deluxe edition and it's worth it. It's a more simple sound but so likeable. A song about a downfall of a king which really implants itself in your memory. It's a nice ending and the outro uses intelligent guitar and what sounds like distorted and non distorted piano. It's great to have an insight into the bands thoughts about the album and what they were setting out to do this time around. There are also some great bits of the band in the recording studio.
It's really interesting. Seeing the band over the world in New York and back in Britain recording the songs and enjoying themselves is fantastic. It gives you a look into how the songs are written and the whole ideas on the album, with the development from Hopes and fears.
The band talks about how they're feeling at that time in this world and they chat about different songs and their meanings. There's a part where the cameraman is recording Tim on piano creating what went on to become Under the iron sea. There is a short film for Atlantic which is set on a beach and features a bunch of weirdo's and freaks. Really creepy. This was the 1st time I had seen the video for Is it any wonder? I couldn't listen to the music because you are concentrating on the camera looping around so much that it makes you feel sick!
There's also a 'making of' for the video and shows the guy who came up with the insane idea. There are a lot of demos featured and some fantastic live videos from Chicago. They are amazing live and sound so good here. Ships from and sold by TheWorldShop. Ships from and sold by Chalkys CA. Customers who bought this item also bought.
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Mais si vous aimez Keane, Vous aurez beaucoup de plaisir! Just discovered this band recently, love this compilation. Yes i like it a lot. Put it in the machine, poor a drink, lie back , close eyes not to be repeated in the car but it works in that machine too.
Excellent music. The Best by Keane 2 Disc Deluxe Edition is a double disc set featuring 20 songs on the first disc and 18 songs on the second disc. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. I made mistake when I bought this cd! Not realising there are two different versions of "The Best Of" I originally purchased the one disc version. The album was a delight and the diverse song writing blew me away.
When I discovered I could have bought the deluxe version with 15 more tracks to immerse myself in I was really annoyed. Later I bought "Strangelands" another enjoyable , though lighter mix of their songs. I still kept stewing over the fact that I had missed out this extra disc. In the end I paid for the deluxe version so now I have two disc ones!
I can tell you it was worth it. The songs were more laid back on the second disc but no less enjoyable. Loved Keane ever since I first heard 'Somewhere only we know'. Lots of brilliant songs that you can just relax and listen to no matter your mood. For such a brilliant band I do think they are underrated. So if you are looking for something a bit different then I recommend buying this.
Bought at full cost, My reviews are based on honest truth meaning the good, the bad and the ugly where appropriate. Music of any sort is a matter for the listener. Discovered through TV soundtrack. Most of the CD, to my taste is well wort listening to. Played in the background whilst video editing, reading or similar is quite relaxing. Worth buying but do the rounds to get the best value. The DVD that accompanies the deluxe set is excellent ,with the tracks selected being popular b sides rather than the safe Keane songs we all love - worth getting for this alone.
All in all a 5 star package and hope one day Keane will return after the solo outings! One very minor quibble - it's a pity the best of Keane wasn't realised on vinyl ; I'm sure there would have been a demand for it - the Killers bought out an admittedly expensive 10" set of their greatest hits and they were soon snapped up!
With the current resurgence of vinyl maybe one day From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Alternative rock pop rock indie rock. Retrieved 19 September Retrieved 26 September The Arts Desk. Retrieved 9 July The Daily Telegraph. Evening Standard. Financial Times. The Guardian.Shop The Best of Keane [CD] at Best Buy. Find low everyday prices and buy online for delivery or in-store pick-up. Price Match Guarantee.5/5(3).