Keane - Everybody's Changing
Keane's Everybody's Changing follows in the heavy footsteps of previous Island single Somewhere Only We Know, but isn't as good. It's too similar in tone, most proabably due to the band's desperation to try and sound other-worldy and haunting. That angle kind of worked on their previous single but doesn't hone the same appeal this time around; here was their chance to show listeners what else they could pull out of their sleeve before the impending debut album release, and the revelation proves to be underwhelming. Not to say that Everybody's Changing isn't a good song, just that it seems to be aiming for a younger market than the indies usually target.
Like it or not Keane fans...your favourite band will never be cutting edge. The production values are sparkly without being innovative, and the sore lack of guitars on display thoughout the three-piece band give more of a fabricated pop feel as opposed to anything alternative. Keane are no match for Coldplay or Snow Patrol but they can write a decent chart-hit that doesn't sound as tired as the rest of the filler. They've already shot their load in terms of musical offerings, but for now the sound is still pleasant. Anyhow, Somewhere Only We Know was a fine cut, therefore judgement on the band is reserved until Hopes & Fears, the debut album, is finally released.