Keane take the Brixton Academy somewhere only they knowCultureMusicLive music
Selling over 5 millions albums with their debut record Hopes & Fears, Keane followed a path that not every fan appreciated. They first tried to get bigger with Under the Iron Sea and then louder and electro with the help of Stuart Price who produced Perfect Symmetry.
It took them four years to write and record their new album Strangeland, and things seemed to have worked just fine.
The Brixton Academy was totally sold out during their two consecutive nights, and this comes as no surprise having Keane decided to do what their audience was waiting for: going back to basics, with mellow compositions, a tender and melodic piano sound, and a very relaxing and feel-good atmosphere.
The trio-become-quartet from East Sussex played a comprehensive set touching base with all their releases: the performance began with album opener You Are Young and the upbeat Day Will Come.
A mix of hits and fans’ favourites, Keane delighted the crowd with classic Everybody’s Changing, the bitter-sweet Neon River, the empathic Perfect Symmetry, new singles Disconnected and Sovereign Light Café, and the fantastic Somewhere Only We Know.
The encore peaked with Silenced by the Night and closed with their American-market-oriented Crystal Ball.
Keane proved to be still on the ball and having re-discovered how to please their own crowd, their next concerts at the O2 Arena will be shows not to be missed.
Filippo L’Astorina, the Editor