Album: Keane, Strangeland (Island)


Though doubtless a popular move with fans, Strangeland marks a sad reversion to Coldplay territory after Keane's tentative experimentation on recent releases.

The vaunting piano and empty clichés of "You Are Young" set the tone of bogus anthemic uplift, full of hollow promises. Were they commissioned by the coalition, or something? The best tracks celebrate their seaside heritage, such as "Sea Fog" and "Sovereign Light Café", a reverie sketched with an almost Springsteenian romance.

Download: Sovereign Light Café; Sea Fog