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.
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