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Perfect Symmetry
Keane
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Reviewed: 10/13/2008 by Ryan


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Keane’s latest album “Perfect Symmetry” is far and away the bands most unique album. Not their best, but their most unique. With “Perfect Symmetry” the band obviously did a llot of diving into 80’s music and got a lot of influences from that stuff. Even the artwork on the albums shows those 80’s influences. And it’s had from track to track on the album not to think of those 80’s influences with most of the album. “Spiraling” throws out Phil Collins and Genesis to the listeners as influences. “The Lovers are Losing” (the bands second single by the way) doesn’t necessarily give you a direct influence that comes to mind- but the baseline mixed with a lot of Keane trademarked piano- it’s one of the better tracks on the album. Some other references: “You Haven’t Told Me Anything” brings a lot of those heavy-synth bands like Aha and the Eurythmics to mind, and the title-track “Perfect Symmetry” and “Pretend That You’re Alone” shows a lot of stuff from The Talking Heads. Most of these songs all have signature moments of Keane piano and most of these songs are decent at worst. Songs you’ll have to check out- of course the single “Spiraling”, the second single “The Lovers are Losing”, and a song that has a lot of potential in “Pretend that You’re Alone.” Keane’s “Perfect Symmetry” isn’t their best album, but they’ve got two very hard discs to follow. It’s some of their most upbeat material and it draws a lot from 80’s influences. That makes it Keane's most unique album.

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