Keane
Hopes & Fears


4.5
superb

Review

by Lord Pork USER (16 Reviews)
February 1st, 2018 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm getting lost within myself.

Something we have in common as a species is the feelings we experience. No matter how our affluence or the framework to our lives differ, the likelihood is we will all violently fluctuate in our emotions. Sorrow finds it's way to each of us through varying circumstances, but intermittently it overstays it's welcome. Whether this is for months, or even years, the grasp it can have is inconceivably exigent to be rid of, bleeding the life you so cherish every second you breathe. Whilst it may seem that nothing good can come of this disease, Keane show that this is not the case. Tom Chaplin sets his outlook of sadness with 'Hopes and Fears', showing us that we are not alone in the barren wastelands of woe.

As the piano ignites the album on opener 'Somewhere Only We Know', it is explicit that this album inhibits a bittersweet tone with the endearing soundscape, and the following lyrical content. The theme tackled with this track is the winsome nature of youth, how euphoria can be found in ignorance, and how nothing is the same when it is abandoned. This theme, as well as the others dealt with on this record, are what gives it a relatable nature, and ultimately gives it it's true quality. Self loathing, dissociation and regression as well as an additional array of topics are discussed, giving an insight to these conditions, whilst also being fairly generalised for comprehension.

The instrumental qualities of this record lie within it's simplicity. Musical complexity is spared for more linear piano laden passages and catchy hooks. The drumming and beats also follows this trend, as there are no technical flourishes present. They simply serve as a stable backbone to the structure of songs, taking the backseat as the vocals and piano soar. Due to this, an unambiguous sound is materialised, making some rather easy listening, whilst the profound themes carried by Chaplin's tender voice give some necessary layering to the record.

The only considerable criticism with this record is the existence of forgettable songs. Namely 'Untitled 1', 'Sunshine' and 'Your Eyes Open'. Whilst these tracks are not necessarily rife with deplorable aspects, they do not harbour any memorable material and merely just blend in with the rest of the album, engendering them into becoming incompetent at carrying the impactful nature of the other tracks. The synth driven climax of 'Bedshaped' and the piano breaks of 'Bend and Break' are examples of these emotive facets those tracks do not possess, causing them to render the album devoid of a greater quality.

Keane have displayed how there are always flickers of light with 'Hopes and Fears'. The problems we face, whether it be drug addiction or mental illness in this case, do not linger forever. No matter how drained, hopeless or empty one may be, there are always rays of happiness in which we have to encounter. It can be overwhelming, like being stranded at sea. Yet, there is always a shore to lift yourself back up, no matter how far away it may be. Keep swimming and don't stop, or else it becomes so easy to be submerged in the endless abyss.



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BlackwaterPork
February 1st 2018


4383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

4 years ago I finally felt like a found myself again



This album helped me every day, and as I remember those times, I felt like I should give something back to it

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SowingSeason
Moderator
February 1st 2018


28782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album and miss these guys

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Dewinged
February 1st 2018


13102 Comments


Lovely heartfelt review. Glad you walked out of the abyss, I've been there myself too and it's not easy to make it to the other side. Hard pos man.

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BlackwaterPork
February 2nd 2018


4383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad you got out too, one of the worst places you can be



And thanks for the kind words

zakalwe
February 2nd 2018


26044 Comments


Bedshaped is a great tune but in keeping with the tone of the review I’ll just say this band makes me want to cut myself.

BlackwaterPork
February 2nd 2018


4383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They can have a pretty depressing tone but I wouldn’t say they have anything on some Radiohead songs

zakalwe
February 2nd 2018


26044 Comments


Nah it’s more because they’re bilge dude

BlackwaterPork
February 2nd 2018


4383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Isn’t the bilge the bottom part of a ship?

zakalwe
February 2nd 2018


26044 Comments


The very bottom

BigPleb
February 2nd 2018


56112 Comments


Hahaha zak on form yet again.

Never jammed a full length by these guys but they had some good singles.

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BigPleb
February 2nd 2018


56112 Comments


Also, great rev Pork!

Glad you're on the mend brother.

BlackwaterPork
February 2nd 2018


4383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers dude, means a lot



Yeah the singles from this were great, and crystal ball from the iron sea. But I don’t want to talk about perfect symmetry

BigPleb
February 2nd 2018


56112 Comments


Somewhere Only We Know is a cracking little tune, used to be my jam.

BlackwaterPork
February 2nd 2018


4383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The first song I ever remember listening to actually

BigPleb
February 2nd 2018


56112 Comments


Yeah these guys were huge back when this and Iron Sea were out.

BlackwaterPork
February 2nd 2018


4383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah they just died after Iron sea, even tho strangelands was decent

zakalwe
February 2nd 2018


26044 Comments


It has to be said they were fucking great live as well.

Ello plebster.

BlackwaterPork
February 2nd 2018


4383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still have my in the iron sea tour book from 2006

bloc
February 2nd 2018


53490 Comments


Somewhere Only We Know and Everyone's Changing fuckin slaaaaap

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zakalwe
February 2nd 2018


26044 Comments


lol



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