here’s what I have been listening to a lot lately…
Their last album (Final Straw) pretty much covered a relationship going through some rocky times. This one deals with one falling apart in a very messy way. Even with the more depressing themes, the songs are more straight-forward rock style than Final Straw. It took me a bit longer to get into this album than Final Straw, but the albums that take me longer to love stick with me longer.
Keane’s first album (Hopes and Fears) sounded pretty, but the lyrics covered troubled relationships of all kinds, especially friendships. This album seems an extension of the same themes, but it is even darker. The band is still just a singer, drummer and pianist. No guitar or bass player in this band. They don’t need it though. They do have one song, Is It Any Wonder?, that sounds like there are guitars, but they are just samples. My only complaint is Crystal Ball sounds like a cookie-cutter catchy song, but not in a good way. Beyond that song though, the rest of the album has more substance than the first album.
When the first single off this album was released, Knights of Cydonia, the prog rock titles were thrown around. While that song does fit in with the prog rock since it is epic and grand, it is the only song fitting the title. The album goes all over the place in terms of style of each song. Starlight is a super catchy pop song, while Supermassive Black Hole has a thumping beat and falsetto singing. The beginning of Assassin sounds like the Knight Rider theme before it dives into massive sound of guitars and Hoodoo is the piano-based song that appears on each of albums. The band stated that they didn’t want to do a concept album, but they just wanted to make a bunch of the best songs possible with no real theme through all of them. I think they accomplished it well.
A continuation on their third album from their first two, Kinky still has the weird-ass mix of bass, guitar, accordion, synths, percussion, dance, hip hop and more. This album is more similar to the second one with the mix of song sung in Spanish and English. I always prefer the Spanish songs since the lyrics are so simplistic and silly. I like just listening and dancing to the music.