Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Update...Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed Keane's Hopes And Fears album for CD Times, which you can read by clicking here.
Not even the most enthusiastic of fans could possibly have seen the awesome success that is currently enjoyed by Coldplay during those moments when Chris Martin strolled along a rain-soaked beach in an anorak for the video to Yellow. Yet, despite the success of Parachutes, A Rush Of Blood To The Head sold as though it had a tenner tucked inside each copy. It is no surprise, therefore, what with Martin assuming the role of Mr Paltrow and of an ambassador for Free Trade, that a rash of bands should be taking Coldplay's template of taut, melodic rock and turning it to their own advantage.
Keane are one of the latest bands to adhere to the Coldplay sound and the first two songs on this single - Somewhere Only We Know and Snowed Under - sound like off cuts from Parachutes. By mixing a tumble of lyrics, most evident on how Snowed Under trips headlong into a chorus, tenderly expressed rock and daring flourishes about the edges, Keane have produced a good single, if not a classic - more We Never Change than Yellow.
The last song on the single, however, Under The Walnut Tree, features the single's most memorable moments. Offering a rhythm that upsets the melody and a laconic, acoustic feel from the best of Talk Talk's later years, this song indicates the potential for Keane to be great, possible if they ever feel like offering a little more of themselves.