Music Notes: Keane, The Cribs, Silversun Pickups, Richard Hawley, I Like Trains, Sigur Ros, Off!

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THE return of soft rock titans Keane has been the biggest draw of the past musical week, with new LP Strangeland set to be their fourth consecutive No 1.

Clearly sales volumes and quality don’t always go hand in hand (as explicitly displayed by 2008’s Perfect Symmetry), but this record does nonetheless represent a revival of sorts in that they’ve essentially admitted to past mistakes and settled back into a comfort zone.

That means a return to the inoffensive but terrifically accomplished piano-rock of their first two records, making the most of Tom Chaplin’s undoubted vocal abilities whilst sticking to a fairly rigid songwriting formula.


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