Keane - Night Train
Please forgive me. I tried. I mean I really tried to live up to any indie cred I may have earned over the years. I tried hard to hate Night Train the new EP from Keane (out May 11th).
Despite my best efforts the band has won me over. They've strayed far from the nonthreatening melancholic pop rock that had them labelled as "the next Coldplay".
Night Train is a diverse record and one on which Keane are not afraid to take chances. Sure, "Back In Time" may verge on over-indulgent U2 territory, and singer Tom Chaplin occasionally sounds like he's trying to be Bono, but those negatives are the exceptions rather than the rule.
A slight world rhythm will have you bopping along to "Clear Skies". Horns permeate the smooth '70s-styled "Looking Back", one of two tracks to feature Canada's own K'Naan. The Polaris Prize-nominated rapper also pops up on the uplifting "Stop for Minutes". The band's flirtation with hip hop doesn't stop there. Japanese MC Tigarah joins for vocals on "Ishin Denshin (You've Got To Help Yourself)", an infectious and absolutely joyful pop ditty.
The question remains though: wouldn't this album have been even more awesome with a cover of G n' R's "Night Train"?
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