Album: Keane, Strangeland (Island)

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The Independent Culture

Keane's debut album had its charms, if you convinced yourself it was closer in spirit to A-ha than Coldplay.

Its follow-up was gloomy, but the Battle quartet hit unexpected heights with the sugar-rush synthpop of Perfect Symmetry. Now it's back to square one, only it doesn't feel as charming. Strangeland is drenched in reverb-heavy piano, Chicken Soup for the Soul maxims and moderately maudlin musings about not being young any more. David Cameron Rock. SP