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Two Keane Albums, Under The Iron Sea, Perfect Symmetry, To Be Reissued On Vinyl LP

Keane has been in the public eye for some time beginning in 2004 with the release of their debut set, Hopes and Fears. The debut broke with “Everybody’s Changing” in the UK. For the US market, it was “Somewhere Only We Know” that gave them their US exposure.  And as with every sophomore release, the fear is immediate with potential detachment after a promising first album.

For Keane, the proof was in the pudding, as they say.  Under The Iron Sea  gave the band a few more singles with “Is It Any Wonder?”, “Crystal Ball”, and “Nothing In My Way”. They again followed that album up with Perfect Symmetry (2008). Both albums, like the debut, and like their final studio set, Strangeland (2012), reached number one in the UK and other parts of the world, and performed well in the US marketplace.

On March 16, Island Records, assisted by PledgeMusic, will reissue Under The Iron Sea, as well as Perfect Symmetry as remastered vinyl LP packages. The two LPs will be cut on 180g-weight black vinyl.

Both titles on vinyl LP follow the Hopes And Fears LP reissue back on August 4, 2017. We’ll await Strangeland!


New Tom Chaplin (Keane) Album, Twelve Tale of Christmas

With Christmas in the air (it seems), the Holiday-themed music rapidly materializes faster than store displays do. One of the things I miss from my 30 years in California are the walks in malls, tree lighting ceremonies, and the overall, somewhat unnatural, atmosphere. Nevertheless, despite being less than a traditional Christmas with snow, etc, it managed to effectively fill the air with its own brand of magic. With music, the same can be said. Often, what seems like a strange pairing, the magic simply shows up.

On December 8 (November 17 in the UK), Universal will release a holiday-themed album by Tom Chaplin. Tom Chaplin is well known for his time with Keane. It’s been five years since a Keane album, however, Tom released a successful solo effort in 2016 with The Wave. That album produced four singles, and achieved a high position on the UK charts. But even worldwide, the album was well-received. The new album is called Twelve Tales of Christmas. The album will contain a whopping twelve tracks (coincidental?).

Chaplin, like the many of us, still finds a magic in Christmas that isn’t seen or felt by everyone. And not that there are those who hold a special insight; but there are those that never really let it go from their lives.Tom says it like this: “Christmas is my favourite time of year. The passing years have conspired to erode that magic but I still feel it’s presence when I gather together with my family.”

Twelve Tales of Christmas will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. The album’s twelve tracks is a collection of eight originals, and four covers (“Walking In The Air”, “The River”, “2000 Miles”, “Stay Another Day”).

Fortunately for us, there is a single that we can hear and enjoy. With that unmistakable and familiar Keane voice, this should be fun for you to listen to!