Keane – Perfect Symmetry – review

Artist: Keane
Title: Perfect Symmetry
Label: Interscope
Rating: 5/10

The good:
“You Don’t See Me” – The rare occasion on “Perfect Symmetry” where Keane connect with some real emotion.

“Black Burning Heart” – You have to wonder why Keane made this the tenth track when its one of the better songs on the album.

The rest:
“Spiralling” – In this case Keane sounds like the Manic Street Preachers gone ’80s retro spiraling to the bottom of the well.

“The Lovers are Losing” – This is like staring at a wall–it’s without any emotion or excitement.

“You Haven’t Told Me Anything” – If this was close to average I’d be the first to applaud.

“Perfect Symmetry” – The album’s title track doesn’t provide any hope that this album is going to be good–and it proved that guess right.

When Keane push their ’80s sensibilities they fail to be good. When they settle down and offer a sound that is strictly Keane they are far better. The beginning of “Perfect Symmetry” is little more than ’80s triteness while the tail-end of the album offers something different and full of emotion. It’s a shame that Keane didn’t pay more attention to their song choices and were a lot more critical.

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