Written By: White Chicks On Rap
Keane’s third album is really a perfect symmetry as it blends the piano drive sounds that Keane is known for and introducing a new element not heard yet on a Keane album- 80’s pop.
I am a huge fan of 80’s music (especially new wave and pop) and you can clearly hear the influence on the tracks Spiralling, Black Burning Heart and Better Than This. Just because the music bright, the lyrics are still very deep. On Spiralling, the line that stood out for me was “When we fall in love/We’re just falling in love with ourselves.” Better Than This has the best cold diss I’ve heard outside of a rap album. “Could have been something, but you’re too late/And you weren’t invited anyway.”
Tracks like The Lovers Are Losing, Again And Again and Love Is The End keep carry on where the album Under The Iron Sea left off…more piano driven and introspective lyrics.
I admire that Keane has taken a chance and tried something new musically. The band has always been unfairly compared to Coldplay because both bands use pianos and write deep lyrics. I love both bands, but I can listen without comparing the two because these comparisons detract from the talent on display.
Personally, I think Under The Iron Sea is more of a classic, but Perfect Symmetry is an example of a band knowing where they came from, but still expanding out beyond the comfort zone. I believe this album stands well on it’s own and is very entertaining.