Under the Iron Sea

Keane - Under the Iron Sea
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2006 Ratings: #563 / 713
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2006 Ratings: #193
Liked by 7 people
June 12, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Piano Rock, Pop Rock / Genres
Andy Green, Keane / Producer
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It starts as a dark opera symphony but with a hope and a fear Keane brings from day zero « I hope all my days will be lit by your face ». Atlantic is heavy, futuristic and emblematic at the same time and Tom’s heavenly voice plays with different tones without losing any note. Fantastic start. The moment you are getting in this dense mood, Is It Any Wonder? comes with its drum beats and guitars to speed up everything in a kinda great U2 upbeat « But ... read more


On this album, Keane differentiates themselves from other pop-rock/post-Britpop bands such as Coldplay and The Killers. There is a darker sound that certainly has influences and is not afraid to show them, but on songs such as ' A Bad Dream' they are sounding fresh and new. A truly great album all the way through.


Anything but a sophomore slump.

Keane take their accomplished songwriting skills and apply it to a darker sound palette. The result: an instant standout of a pop rock release. Unfortunately, Keane tend to fall under the umbrella of being 'not quite as good as Coldplay', who are in turn 'not quite as good as Radiohead', so they are often overlooked in the realm of 00s artists, but this release should more than satisfy anyone looking for an exciting yet emotional pop rock release.

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Track List

  1. Atlantic 
  2. Is It Any Wonder? 
  3. Nothing In My Way 
  4. Leaving So Soon? 
  5. A Bad Dream 
  6. Hamburg Song 
  7. Put It Behind You 
  8. Crystal Ball 
  9. Try Again 
  10. Broken Toy 
  11. The Frog Prince
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Added on: May 4, 2012