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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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  2.   Somewhere Only We Know
  3.   The Lovers Are Losing
  4.   Is It Any Wonder?
  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.   Sunshine
  15.   Crystal Ball
  16.   We Might as Well Be Strangers
  17.   Your Eyes Open
  18.   My Shadow
  19.   Higher Than the Sun
  20.   Can't Stop Now
  21.   Nothing in My Way
  22.   Try Again
  23.   Walnut Tree
  24.   Sovereign Light Café
  25.   Perfect Symmetry
  26.   A Bad Dream
  27.   On the Road
  28.   Broken Toy
  29.   Leaving So Soon?
  30.   Neon River
  31.   Untitled 1
  32.   Day Will Come
  33.   He Used to Be a Lovely Boy
  34.   Looking Back by K'naan
  35.   Thin Air
  36.   Fly to Me
  37.   Tear Up This Town
  38.   Difficult Child
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  40.   Sea Fog
  41.   The Starting Line
  42.   Ishin Denshin (You've Got to Help Yourself)
  43.   Black Burning Heart
  44.   You Haven't Told Me Anything
  45.   The Iron Sea
  46.   The Frog Prince
  47.   Atlantic
  48.   Hamburg Song
  49.   Wolf at the Door
  50.   Closer
  51.   Rubbernecking
  52.   Call Me What You Like
  53.   Better Than This
  54.   Let It Slide
  55.   She Has No Time
  56.   Staring at the Ceiling
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  60.   Run with Me
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  62.   Your Love
  63.   House Lights
  64.   Back in Time
  65.   Love Is the End
  66.   Pretend That You're Alone
  67.   Playing Along
  68.   Again and Again
  69.   You Don't See Me
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  71.   Put It Behind You
  72.   Something in Me Was Dying
  73.   The Way You Want
  74.   Allemande
  75.   Time to Go
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  78.   To the End of the Earth
  79.   Bend & Break by Basto
  80.   In Your Own Time
  81.   You Are Young
  82.   Into The Light
  83.   A Heart To Hold You
  84.   With Or Without You
  85.   Snowed Under
  86.   Alasdruims March
  87.   Dirrtylicious
  88.   Strangeland
  89.   On a Day Like Today
  90.   Black Rain