Album Review: Keane - 'Night Train' (Island)

The trio fall short of full-on liberation

Like a modern empowered woman, Keane are obsessed with ‘having it all’. Juggling a career, great hair and kids equates for them to making safe, dowdy AOR while giving the finger to those who call them safe, dowdy AOR. The fan-alienating ‘Perfect Symmetry’ should have proved kerrazy synths don’t make you creative but they keep asserting that they’re mental. Barmy, mate. What will they do next? A Yellow Magic Orchestra cover with a Japanese baile-funk artist? Italo disco? Bulbous ’80s pop with a rap bridge from K’Naan? Uh, yes, yes and yes. Oh dear. Unburn your bras.

Gavin Haynes
3 / 10

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