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Strangeland

Keane

Strangeland

A return to piano-driven melodic pop rock for the English band, now a quartet, on their 4th album

ADM rating[?]

5.1

Label
Island
UK Release date
07/05/2012
US Release date
08/05/2012
  1. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Resistance is futile, because what Keane perfect in these stadium-swelling anthems is the meticulous yet ineffable melodic progression that goes straight for the emotional reflex
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  2. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    They have succeeded in putting together a robust collection of piano-pop songs that, while not exactly being inflammatory in their appeal, will steady their ship somewhat
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  3. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Keane are, in this writer's opinion at least, underrated; but Strangeland feels just a bit by the numbers
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  4. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    A pleasant, passable album that’s sure to delight the mums
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  5. 6.0 |   Q

    Strangeland isn't much of a diversion from their fame-bringing formula. Print edition only

  6. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Generally Strangeland is all too familiar fare. Print edition only

  7. 6.0 |   NME

    Keane are rather brilliant at being Keane, and we all know what Keane are about, don't we?
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  8. 6.0 |   BBC

    Those glimpses on Perfect Symmetry of something flashier and sexier make this retreat to familiarity a somewhat saddening step backwards
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  9. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Another smoothly accomplished set
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  10. 6.0 |   Pop Matters

    Another accomplished, warm, and welcoming record
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  11. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    When they are at their best on Strangeland they harness some sort of Manic Street Preachers vibe – while at their worst you could confuse the songs for a new Train album
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  12. 6.0 |   FasterLouder

    Though Strangeland gradually loses its allure and indeed eventually runs out of steam, the urge to dive straight back into the album upon its conclusion ultimately prevails
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  13. 5.0 |   Rolling Stone

    At times it's catchy, but its maudlin ballads and monochrome synth-pop production are also kind of dull
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  14. 4.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Drenched in reverb-heavy piano, Chicken Soup for the Soul maxims and moderately maudlin musings about not being young any more
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  15. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Marks a sad reversion to Coldplay territory after Keane's tentative experimentation on recent releases
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  16. 4.0 |   The Scotsman

    Another album of solid, unchallenging MOR indie lighter-wavers with which they hope to win over/anaesthetise the summer festival crowd
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  17. 4.0 |   music OMH

    Stands as proof positive that playing it safe is not always the best option
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  18. 3.0 |   Spin

    British keyboard band repudiates '80s pop that made them fleetingly fun, returns to faux-epic mountaintop ballads
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  19. 3.0 |   God Is In The TV

    They remain one step away from Chris deBurgh and three away from Starsailor
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  20. 2.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The kind of failure that will take more than some positive motivation to shake off
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