Keane Honor 10th Anniversary Of Their 3rd #1 Album With 2 Vinyl Reissues Via Interscope/UMe

Is It Any Wonder Keane Delivers A Perfect Symmetry Of Great Sound Again & Again On 180-Gram Vinyl

Is It Any Wonder Keane Delivers A Perfect Symmetry Of Great Sound Again & Again On 180-Gram Vinyl

British Alt-Pop Rockers Honor 10th Anniversary Of Their Third #1 Album With Two Stellar Vinyl Reissues Via Interscope/UMe on March 16

On March 16, Interscope/UMe hails a pair of magical, key catalog releases from post-Britpop alt-rockers Keane ("Somewhere Only We Know," "Everybody's Changing") with the 180-gram vinyl debuts of Perfect Symmetry and Under The Iron Sea.

Keane's third studio album, October 2008's Perfect Symmetry, was produced by Keane with contributions from Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, of Montreal) and Stuart Price (Madonna, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys), and it immediately yielded the band's third consecutive No.1 showing on the British album charts. Perfect Symmetry's first single, "Spiralling" — a modern-day motivational synthfest that meets at the intersection of Human League Avenue and Simple Minds Street — has been described by songwriter/vocalist/keyboardist Tom Chaplin as having been inspired by American wrestling legend Ric Flair, whose infamous "woo!" battle-cry was incorporated into the song's chorus. Initially available only digitally, "Spiralling" garnered over 500,000 downloads in its first week of release, which was the largest-ever seven-day song-download tally at the time for the Universal label family.

The album's second single, "The Lovers Are Losing," laments the inevitable fading of a relationship cycle, as the title track yearns for better days ahead with a massive wall of blended vocals during its hopeful chorus. Meanwhile, the quite poignant kernel of advice "Better Than This" contains a shimmering synth nod to David Bowie circa "Ashes to Ashes." 

In addition to Perfect Symmetry, Keane's second studio album, June 2006's chart-topping Under The Iron Sea, is also marking its 180-gram black vinyl debut. Produced by Keane and Andy Green (who also co-produced the band's internationally triumphant May 2004 debut, Hopes And Fears), the album has since been certified as having sold over three million copies worldwide. 

Under The Iron Sea features the driving #3 single "Is It Any Wonder?," which showcases an iconic guitar riff that actually emanated from multi-instrumentalist Tim Rice-Oxley's distorted Yamaha CP70 piano. "Wonder?" is also the band's commentary on the then-strained British-American relations in the wake of the Iraq War. Album opener "Atlantic" highlights the interplay between Rice-Oxley's moody keyboards and the deft stickwork by drummer Richard Hughes, while "Crystal Ball" charts the path of a wished-for brighter future, and "Nothing In My Way" serves as a knowing warning about the perils of living in denial. 

Though the band is currently on hiatus, is it any wonder Keane's perfect symmetry blend of piano-driven melodies and instantly catchy singalong hooks are best represented by these two 180g vinyl releases? In fact, it's something everyoneshould know.

Keane PERFECT SYMMETRY [180-gram vinyl]

1.  Spiralling
2.  The Lovers Are Losing
3.  Better Than This
4.  You Haven't Told Me Anything
5.  Perfect Symmetry
6.  You Don't See Me

1.  Again & Again
2.  Playing Along
3.  Pretend That You're Alone
4.  Black Burning Heart
5.  Love Is The End

Keane UNDER THE IRON SEA [180-gram vinyl]

1.  Atlantic
2.  Is It Any Wonder?
3.  Nothing In My Way
4.  Leaving So Soon?
5.  A Bad Dream
6.  Hamburg Song

1.  Put It Behind You
2.  The Iron Sea
3.  Crystal Ball
4.  Try Again
5.  Broken Toy
6.  The Frog Prince

February 16, 2018 5:59am ET by UMe  


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