by Sylvia Patterson
"This band was from the outset an absolutely exceptional phenomenon: She was never part of a scene, there were no links to any particular part of the music world - and I think that has precisely this fact all outsiders, including, ultimately so magically attracted me . "- Adam Tudhope, 15 years manager of the band
Peter Kay said recently:
"Keane have always had the rare ability to write songs that feel as if they had been with us the whole lifetime (so you can imagine how stunning this best-of album will sound!) - Each their songs has this unique quality that you know him somehow or think they know, at least. Primarily, I was always a fan of them, and I was lucky, they in the course of the past decade - precisely: ten years! Time flies! - Very often experience live to be allowed: I am always overwhelmed by how much to give this band on stage is ready. They really play each concert as if her whole life depended would depend. Who has never seen them live, I can only guess the catch as soon as possible: It is an experience that will never be forgotten parole.
Basically are Keane just four humorous and bountiful guys with extremely much traction. You can make your own luck still hardly believe and still trying to grow as a band, but we have after ten years reached a point at which you sometimes may look back and simply should only celebrate how much their music our lives during this time has shaped and enriched. Ladies Gentlemen, boys and girls, the curtain for the wondrously-wonderful band Keane! "
Hardly a British band succeeds in these days to land more than one hit album, not to mention five of them, and even less Brit bands do it, even outside the UK to celebrate such success - and with each album publish. The number of those bands that do that, but there also are still developed their sound continuously is vanishingly small, but have Keane accomplished in the last decade exactly and not only that, after they have sold over 11 million copies of her five albums - exactly had taken one of those albums no record, but an 8-track EP called "Night Train" - and them each of these publications has given an initial public offer in the UK charts and getting new awards and awards, one may say, without exaggeration, that Keane now among the largest, most successful and most popular bands in the world.
As Keane came together long ago, there were three bands for them, three great models, could agree on which all the band members: the Beatles, Radiohead and Blur. Three bands that had one thing in common: They indeed could never say what would they do next - but nevertheless was confident that it would be great. An extremely exclusive club of musicians so, but have Keane proved their FüNF publications that they meet long been all listing requirements for club also own ...
Here is the complete tracklisting of "The Best of Keane", the song by song the development of one of the biggest bands of the last decade traces ...
Track 1. "Everybody's Changing"
The year is 1997, the place: Battle, Hastings, Town Idyllic seaside in England. The band Keane, a trio from the place Battle, whose name speaks naturally volumes, "fights" Once FIVE years, only to be "quasi Overnight" discovered in 2002 in East London Betsey Trotwood Pub of Simon Williams, in his capacity founder of the ultra tiny but also ultra influential label Fierce Panda. They signed in 2003 their contract, a year that is musically dominated entirely by the Americans: "Glitz" and hooting from the Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Avril Lavigne, Justin, Eminem or Christina Aguilera leave little room for other sound , The thoroughly British Keane, however, by Steve Lamacq (of BBC Radio 1) Yet pushed into the program and celebrated, wearing their hearts on their sleeves, the frayed roll up our sleeves and present, although against the trend, with preference also its vulnerable side. In April 2003 they publish "Everybody's Changing" their debut single at the said indie label before they change into Major stock to Iceland Records and leave with "Somewhere Only We Know" the beginning of the following year one of the most epic piano-rock songs of the decade from the stack. Their debut album "Hopes And Fears" appears a little later, at first a sensational hit album, an oscillating between euphoria and melancholy Brit phenomenon that soon the rest of the planet Overrun. With ranked # 1 in UK Keane put a brilliant start to a completely new musical landscape out of a post-Britpop era, in the sensitivity and emotionality are everything - and will remain for the rest of the decade also.
"We are part of the post-'OK Computer' generation," says Tim Rice-Oxley, the gifted songwriter, lyricist and pianist of the band and is therefore naturally on the Radiohead classic from 1997. "If you ask me, is it the album my generation. We liked this album shown very early how overwhelming songs be able to tear down an all blinkers. And we are probably all men who have never learned without this experience, how to let go. This album is our foundation. It feels now sometimes good when you know that you are not alone. "
Track 2. "Somewhere Only We Know"
The years 2006-2012, more precisely, four more albums with four grandiose different musical approaches. After "Hopes And Fears" Keane blast ado all can What the followers serve as musical blueprint would. In other words, you dare, just like Blur or even Radiohead to pursue entirely new way every time. In "Under The Iron Sea" (2006, on the shimmers ominously, as the band structure to break almost threatening) follow "Perfect Symmetry" (2008, in Berlin recorded, ambitious experiment in Conscience-rock and shimmering electro-pop) then the "Night Train" EP (more sound experiments, coupled with content boredom, go incurred and recorded) and finally "Strangeland" (2012, piano rock with focus on interpersonal relations and the question of what it means to be man's 30 having passed). If you take this short characterizations together, has "The Best Of Keane" inevitably much more than just a greatest hits album (although there are plenty of big hits!): It is rather a compilation of classic Keane anthems, extended to their personal favorites, the favorite songs of the fans and the live highlights of her shows, also complemented by two new songs ( "Higher Than the Sun", "Will not Be Broken") and other milestones such as the "Hamburg song" and the rapturous "My Shadow ". We said it already: Keane have sold worldwide over 11 million albums, and each of their albums FüNF took first place in the UK charts.
"I'm incredibly proud of this diversity, reflecting the best-of album which" agrees Tim. "There would be one hand the classic anthems of us, but also a track like 'Hamburg Song' which is just extremely emotional and passionate. 'Atlantic', however, is really inclined, a real sound experiment, what example also fOr 'Spiralling' applies (a piece from Q Magazine was chosen as the "Song of the Year 2008"). 'Silenced By The Night' shows how much I am looking epic rock songs that sound like the openness and breadth of American highways. One recognizes it immediately, that we have just not sixteen different versions written by 'Somewhere Only We Know'. And the lyrics also reflect the stages of our life very well resist, because they also have changed again - and bring all some truth as a snapshot of the term ".
Track 3 "Bend and Break"
2012 Brazil. Tom Chaplin, a man with clenched desire that resonates in his powerful voice, many, many people from the soul speaks, wakes up in a hotel bed. Once again, he can not believe what disease has spread to the global phenomenon Tour Keane: A permanent jetlag of stratospheric proportions. "Every self-perception had lost me," he says shocked. "I do not even could have said my name, what day it was just - let alone what year."
Track 4. "Bedshaped"
700 concerts in over 40 countries of the world. True, Keane have already appeared in over forty countries: from the United States over Russia, South America, Indonesia, Asia and the Middle East to Australia, Japan and of course, throughout Europe - all repeatedly every year. In South Korea, it is also called The Autumn Band (The Autumn Band), matching that of melancholy that resonates in their songs, the melody richness and the emotional state of transition, the one associated with this time of year. Flag with "Welcome" -GrÜßen can be found in the trees outside the hotel and tattoos of album artwork or text passages, however in Brazil (and even if they are not in the land), also are birthday parties thrown in its honor and long letters written , is where to read that their music "has saved the lives of" one or the other. What is certain: Keane are a universal remedy for the soul.
Track 5. "This Is The Last Time"
2004 Glastonbury. Keane had just returned from their first US tour, and by then their biggest gig of before 2,000 people at The Forum (Kentish Town) had been. "And then we came to Glastonbury, and suddenly sang 20,000 fans every single song of us, that was amazing," beams Tim. "Until the appearance we had no idea what it feels like when your own music really reaches everyone."
Track 6 "Atlantic"
2005 in the Madison Square Garden
s in New York City. Keane occur FIVE consecutive evenings as the opening act for U2, and Larry Mullen Jr. shows Richard Hughes, the drummer of Keane as he builds up his drum kit (to minimize risk of injury): "He is one of my heroes," says Rich , "and suddenly I therefore sit behind his Drums - in the Madison Square Garden. The madness."
Track 7. "Is It Any Wonder?"
What Keane apart is quite clear this incomparable creative chemistry, in a vocal wonder passionate compositions of another always knows perfectly interpret: "That's very seldom," said Tom, "that a singer and a songwriter together in this form . have "Tom is convinced that he moved people with his voice, because he brings like all great singers two things under one roof: he fights with" uncertainty, vulnerability, with fears, "could be" but still in front of thousands of people stand up and let out all this: These two extremes are of most singers "No wonder then, that many of these other singer (and other artists) stand on Keane. Paul McCartney, Pharrell Williams, Bono, Lily Allen, John Mayer, Nicole Scherzinger, Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani, the actor Zach Braff, the author Brett Easton Ellis, Kanye West or Snoop Dogg for example.
Track 8 "Nothing In My Way"
April 2013, at BBC Radio 2 in London. "Hopes And Fears" is by the listeners of the radio station BBC Radio 2 on the second place of the "100 Favourite Albums Of All Time" is selected. Apart from Coldplay, were rated 1, they refer all their own heroes to the courts: Simon Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, REM, U2, ABBA ...
"After ten years, I have to say that our vulnerability probably our salvation was," says Tom. "That may be because it is one of the things that are not subject to fashion trends -. Because it is about a truth that simply part of being human"
Track 9 "Hamburg Song"
2008 Germany. Keane love Germany, and Berlin they love the most, because "a city that has repeatedly aufgerappelt that can only inspire a yes", as Tim says. "The history of this city, their creativity, innovative spirit, their reconciliation will -. All of this can the Spirit of our band Compare" Their third album "Perfect Symmetry" took Keane because also in the Teldex Studios in Berlin.
Track 10. "Crystal Ball"
Since 2006, at various locations. Although they are actually songwriters of the old school, Keane have made as pioneers always a name: They were one of the first bands to a single on a USB key publications ( "Nothing In My Way", 2006); have an acoustic gig played on the Great Wall (supported by Burberry) and offered as a first band, a concert as a 3D live stream. "Not evil," agrees Rich, "when you consider that we played our first gigs at The Crypt Hastings."
Track 11. "A Bad Dream"
2005 in the Helioscentric Studios in Rye, Sussex. Keane take on their second album "Under The Iron Sea", an album whose lyrics mostly deal with political and social imbalances of the modern world; Pieces like "A Bad Dream" and "Is It Any Wonder?" Question, for example, the hero thoughts related to wars. Its successor, "Perfect Symmetry" dip these questions again, as in the title track or in the text of "Better Than This". 2007 Keane finally be an ambassador for the organization War Child and curate an evening at the Brixton Academy, whose flow proceeds to the charity organization - with include such things as the Pet Shop Boys, Lily Allen and the band Guillemots.
Track 12. "Try Again"
2012 Japan. Tom knows exactly what it means to start again from scratch - keyword: "Try Again": "This concept of 'the good old days', 'age matters so great' that has me never seem to work properly. I've never seen so that everything in the beginning was so great, "says Tom and lets in his penchant for philosophizing. "Probably I was simply not mature enough," he says, laughing, as he takes his breakfast in Japan to be. "But now I am so happy as never before, as never before in my life."
Track 13 "Spiralling"
From the first day. When asked about the personal highlights of an entire decade, are there for Tim clearly those moments and memories most importantly, he has shared with his bandmates. "At my living room wall hangs this photo, on which we have seen in Brazil - and we just throw away all together completely," he says smiling. "Good for me, there is nothing greater. A very simple moment: together to laugh with friends, until you can no longer ".
Track 14. "Perfect Symmetry"
The art is always the top priority. Keane know what makes a good collaboration, and they have always found the right people to implement their musical vision and visually: the writer Irvine Welsh (Director fOr the foreboding "Atlantic" video from 2006), the graphic designer Sanna Annukka (responsible for the wave crests of the "under the iron sea" -Artworks), or even the artist Osang Gwon, the life-size for the artwork of "Perfect Symmetry" contributed the photomontages of the band members. In fact, she had the good fortune to meet a variety of your personal hero to be allowed; Tom speaks therefore of "Celebrity Thrill Ride, as in Disneyland ". 2011 met, for example, a "schwafelnder" Tim's ultimate hero Paul Simon on two evenings in a row, "and his security man clearly had classified me as crazy and potential source of danger." In the same year they had in the backstage area in Glasgow a photo session with Paul McCartney, the other great heroes of Tim. "We should set up next to each other, and I just thought: I'll times better Tim beside him," says Jesse Quin, the Keane recalls initially only live on bass supported and only in 2011 a full member of the band was. "And then Paul McCartney pushed him but actually to the side, pulled me over to him and said with his Liverpool accent: '! We bassists must stick together, man'" "Tim grabs this story again and again" Already in 2010 joined Tom. along with Queen at the Albert Hall, and Brian May presented him with the following words before: "After Freddie still no other man has sung this song, and this for the simple reason that no one else was able to do."
Track 15. "My Shadow"
Of 2004. Between the author William Boyd (of these days the next James Bond novel writes) and Keane's an amazing, symbiotic relationship: It all started when Keane at the beginning of her career wrote the song "Any Human Heart", the Boyds novel of the same was inspired. Although the song was never released, learned of the author, and that after he had just the "Hopes And Fears" expire album because Toms "heavenly-echoing voice" and Tim's "generous use of melodies, how it barely else in contemporary UK rock place "were simply too irresistible. 2012 were William and Tim finally friends by both crawled on their own East Sussex and West Kent for inspiration, Tim for the album "Strangeland" and William for the novel "Waiting For Sunrise". Finally, as was the short story "Sovereign Light CafÉ", named after the single from the "Strangeland" album, which was also published in the liner notes of the deluxe CD edition. "Keane," Boyd wrote in a hymn, the 2012 Guardian was to read, "are a great British band."
Track 16 "Silenced By The Night"
2006-2007, during the Under The Iron Sea tour, around the globe. Rich sits behind his drums, paralyzed while Tom just "Try Again" is the best, those incredibly moody piano number that does not require a lot of drums. "And every evening I would then almost my work missed because I was so far from mere listening," he recalls. "Tom creates easy repeatedly, every night, and every time the song sounds so incredibly beautiful. He is a real exceptional singer. "
Track 17 "Disconnected"
"While it may sound a little pretentious, but what we cultivate with Keane fOr many people is something really important and positive," says Tim. "There is definitely some truth and tangible. We are brave and honest in our songs, and people jump on to. Whether there are now teenagers who are struggling with growing up, or people who are going through a divorce or stuck in a war zone -. Somehow seem to find it in our music the inspiration and even the necessary pages consolation "
Track 18 "Sovereign Light CafÉ"
In the eighties. As adolescents in the eighties drank the kids who banded together later to Keane, their hot drinks like at the Sovereign Light CafÉ in Bexhill-on-Sea. Later, as adults, they drank a lot of other drinks, for example, 2008 in black CafÉ in Berlin, where they were during their time often must be found in the German capital, sometimes even at six o'clock in the morning. Here overcame Tim for the first time in his life felt that he had managed to "live his dream."
Track 19. "Higher Than The Sun"
November 2013, all over the world. The first best-of album by Keane appear this November, and it provides two things: On the one hand it celebrates the multifaceted sound of one of the biggest British bands of our time, and at the same time it is a twenty-fold proof of the power of haunting melodies. What this album also shows your repeated acclaimed and always magical combination of beauty and melancholy emphasizes that Keane have contributed a massive contribution to human happiness on this earth in recent years.
"This is the classic, is not it?" Asks Tim. "All musicians, on which I am these melancholy aftertaste have in their music, some even sound really dark - and still can their songs make you happy. Some people are very serious, when listening to music. But when you come to a concert of us, then somehow all smiles in the audience. Even if we sing of separations, confusion or even despair. We are ultimately only one thing important: That we manage to move people and connect to people. "
Track 20 "Will not Be Broken"
The future. That Keane have never come to falter, already prove their FIVE # 1 albums in UK. Here Tim Rice-Oxley is still focused equally and hungry as ever: "I do believe that you can not be dismissed out of hand the quality of what we have achieved to date. But I'm just so constituted that I rather look on it, what we could achieve everything. take one of these absolute milestone albums you can appreciate only when one is already aging, because it a previously simple lack of experience. I've been through many ups and downs, and I believe that I only slowly come now to the point where I could write such an album. This wealth of experience that comes only now slowly to the surface. "
"I believe that we all ultimately seek this feeling of attachment, is not it?" Tom concludes about the strength of their songs. "Connectedness to the rest of the world, to the others. If we have achieved anything, I hope we have rudimentary given people the feeling that the world is not so big and threatening as it sometimes makes it seem. We're sitting here but in the end all in the same boat. And until the end. And if we all been here together, why not make an attempt to understand what this means humanity really. "
Album: The Best Of Keane
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