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Keane's piano-driven pop/rock is created by vocalist Tom Chaplin, drummer Richard Hughes, and pianist Tim Rice-Oxley, three childhood friends from the small town of Battle in East Sussex, England. Formed in 1997, the group started out as a college-aged cover band. Guitarist Dominic Scott was also part of this early incarnation, having previously played cover songs with Hughes and Rice-Oxley in a band named the Lotus Eaters. Keane toured the East Sussex circuit for several years while internalizing the epic sounds of their set list, which included songs by Oasis, U2, and the Beatles. The quartet began performing original material in 1998, although Chaplin left for Edinburgh University shortly thereafter to study art history. The move proved to be brief, as he returned to London in 1999 and doubled his efforts with Keane. Buoyed by Chaplin's tenor vocals and Rice-Oxley's inventive keyboard effects, the group made its studio debut in 2000 with a self-released single, "Call Me What You Like." Wolf at the Door followed one year later, but the band still struggled to find its momentum as Scott left the lineup in July, leaving the band without a guitarist. Keane continued performing as a trio and happened upon their big break in December 2002, when Fierce Panda Records representative Simon Williams (who had helped discover Coldplay several years prior) was summoned by a friend to attend a Keane gig in London. Williams was impressed with the band's performance and offered to issue Keane's next single, Everybody's Changing, on the spot. The limited-edition release became a success on U.K. radio and attracted attention from major record labels, several of whom began to swarm around the group. Keane signed with Island Records in 2003 and released This Is the Last Time, the band's final single for the Fierce Panda label, before the year was up. They made their major-label debut one year later with Hopes and Fears, which hit the top of the U.K. album charts during its first week of release and beat out Morrissey's You Are the Quarry. The ballad "Somewhere Only We Know" became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and Keane received two Brit Awards (for Best Breakthrough Act and Best Album 2005) while earning a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. The album went on to become the second highest-selling record of the year in the U.K., barely losing out to the Scissor Sisters' debut. Keane opened several shows during U2's 2005 tour in support of their debut, which was followed several months later by the Live Recordings 2004 EP. When it came time to return to the recording studio, the band once again enlisted producer Andy Green and fashioned a darker album titled Under the Iron Sea. Arriving in 2006, it debuted at number four on the Billboard Top 200, topped the U.K. charts, and spun off the band's most successful single to date with Is It Any Wonder? Keane chose to pursue a different agenda for their next project, however, returning in 2008 with a slightly retooled sound -- including the presence of electric guitar -- and a new album, Perfect Symmetry. Two years later, they changed directions yet again with the release of Night Train, an eight-song EP featuring collaborations with the Somali rapper K'NAAN. Released in 2012, Strangeland, the full-length follow-up to Perfect Symmetry, married that album’s use of guitars and über-pop sensibility with the anthemic, piano-led sound prevalent on the band’s first two albums, particularly Under the Iron Sea. ~ Andrew Leahey
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  1.   Song
  2.   Somewhere Only We Know
  3.   Is It Any Wonder?
  4.   The Lovers Are Losing
  5.   Everybody's Changing
  6.   This Is the Last Time
  7.   Spiralling
  8.   Bend and Break
  9.   Silenced by the Night
  10.   Under Pressure
  11.   Stop for a Minute
  12.   Bedshaped
  13.   Clear Skies
  14.   Crystal Ball
  15.   Sunshine
  16.   Your Eyes Open
  17.   My Shadow
  18.   We Might as Well Be Strangers
  19.   Can't Stop Now
  20.   Higher Than the Sun
  21.   Nothing in My Way
  22.   Sovereign Light Café
  23.   Try Again
  24.   Walnut Tree
  25.   Perfect Symmetry
  26.   A Bad Dream
  27.   Black Burning Heart
  28.   Thin Air
  29.   Watch How You Go
  30.   She Has No Time
  31.   The Starting Line
  32.   Again and Again
  33.   Call Me What You Like
  34.   Tear Up This Town
  35.   Won't Be Broken
  36.   Bend & Break by Basto
  37.   It's Not True
  38.   The Boys
  39.   Sea Fog
  40.   In Your Own Time
  41.   Looking Back by K'naan
  42.   Back in Time
  43.   A Heart To Hold You
  44.   The Frog Prince
  45.   Broken Toy
  46.   Hamburg Song
  47.   Something in Me Was Dying
  48.   Closer
  49.   Wolf at the Door
  50.   Untitled 1
  51.   Run with Me
  52.   Day Will Come
  53.   Black Rain
  54.   On the Road
  55.   Disconnected
  56.   Your Love
  57.   Ishin Denshin (You've Got to Help Yourself)
  58.   Into The Light
  59.   Time to Go
  60.   Love Is the End
  61.   Pretend That You're Alone
  62.   Playing Along
  63.   You Don't See Me
  64.   You Haven't Told Me Anything
  65.   Better Than This
  66.   With Or Without You
  67.   Maybe I Can Change
  68.   The Iron Sea
  69.   Leaving So Soon?
  70.   Put It Behind You
  71.   On a Day Like Today
  72.   Neon River
  73.   You Are Young
  74.   To the End of the Earth
  75.   Alasdruims March
  76.   Myth
  77.   Staring at the Ceiling
  78.   Russian Farmer's Song
  79.   Strangeland
  80.   He Used to Be a Lovely Boy
  81.   House Lights
  82.   Let It Slide
  83.   Dirrtylicious
  84.   Atlantic
  85.   Snowed Under
  86.   Fly to Me
  87.   Rubbernecking
  88.   The Way You Want
  89.   Allemande
  90.   Difficult Child