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Keane
Perfect Symmetry
Interscope Records
www.keanemusic.com


The third Keane album, Perfect Symmetry, is a departure from the melodic piano-led tunes on Hopes And Fears and Under The Iron Sea. In fact, I'm not entirely sure I didn't first hear a song from the new Keane album on a BodyPump™ rotation at my gym - it is that much more electronic than the band's first two. (And if BodyPump™ was not where I heard it and I just broke some sort of copyright law or something, I apologize.) What I was getting at was that the heart-strings-pulling piano tunes from the first two albums are not found here. This album is poppy; something one would listen to while working out, not lamenting a recent break up. Well, unless you are listening carefully to the lyrics, but I will get to that in a minute.

Perfect Symmetry is certainly experimental. Synthesizers steal the limelight from the ivories (but Keane fans fear not, the piano is still there). And who can argue with a band trying new things after two somewhat-similar studio releases? Sure, they could have stuck with what they knew, but that's no fun.

What is fun and happy? The pitch, rhythm and dynamics of the album. The lyrics? Not so much. The first track, "Spiralling," talks about tumbling and spiraling and never seeing the light. Song number two, "The Lovers Are Losing," begins "I dreamed I was drowning." "Better Than This," urges, "You can do so much better than this" and "Get a grip on yourself/Could have been something but you're too late/And you weren't invited anyway." Not exactly the most upbeat in message but the music successfully counters that. Just to be safe, though, maybe you shouldn't listen too warily after a bad day. But if you aren't a person who listens to lyrics then you shouldn't have a problem.

-Alaina Gonzales

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