REVIEW: Keane Hopes and Fears 20

REVIEW: Keane Hopes and Fears 20

20 years ago Sussex trio Keane released a brittle yet startling debut album in Hopes And Fears. The album echoed the Pet Shop Boys mixed with Carol King and a splash of The Human League with the sort of anthemic choruses only reserved for a sparsely chosen number of acts.

Fast forward 2 decades Keane have reissued the album in various formats, probably the crowning glory being a deluxe 3 CD set that comes housed in an impressive heavy boxset with a raft of mouth-watering extras including notebook, special Keane commemorative numbered concert ticket, signed postcard, wall poster plus the 3 CD package. The original album has been remastered to the highest standards, Tom Chaplin has a voice to rival any of his pop performing successors, elevated choral depths with the sort of passion, expertise and heart stopping moments only the likes of Freddie Mercury could muster.

Somewhere Only We Know, Bend and Break, This Is The Last Time and Everybody’s Changing are the familiar anthems that probably propelled a million teenagers in bedrooms and rehearsal rooms to reenact these glorious songs with Chaplin leading the throngs, Tim Rice-Oxley and Richard Hughes following their leader with aplomb. Vastly underrated tracks on the album include the stunning Open Your Eyes, the euphoric Bedshaped and the morning dawn of Sunshine. Of the other 2 discs it’s the home demos that are most intriguing. A mixture of Tom demos with full band efforts, its refreshing, eye opening and addictive hearing the songs in their innocent state before being unleashed on an unsuspecting public.

2004 produced many popular albums that still resonate, Aha Shake Heartbreak by Kings Of Leon, The Tipping Point by The Roots and Sonic Nurse by Sonic Youth, yet Hopes and Fears is still the go to album for many from this period simply for the timeless melodies, out of the ordinary musicianship and preeminent performance.

Hopes and Fears 20 can be orders via the following link