Following months of anticipation, this month marked the release of Keane‘s latest studio album Strangeland. After experimenting a bit on their last album, Keane have gone back to what they do best. Strangeland sees the Sussex trio return to the trademark piano-driven sound of Hopes And Fears, and the result is quite possibly their best work yet.
The album encapsulates Keane‘s journey as a band, taking from previous albums what worked, and crucially, leaving out what did not. The stadium sound of singles “Silenced By The Night” and “Disconnected” are balanced well by the more intimate sound of tracks like “Sea Fog.” What’s more, by leaving behind the dance club sound of the last album, Strangeland also provides a more apt platform for the golden larynx of Tom Chaplin.
As a Keane fan, I was admittedly disappointed by the band’s previous release and was thus hesitant to build any expectations leading up to the release of Strangeland. Fortunately, any fears of dissapointment were gone by the first listen. The album has shot to number one in the UK in its first week, and the spot is well and truly deserved.