Under the Iron Sea is a darker, less romantic set of songs affected by a disenchanted outlook on life and the world's problems. Keane's members feel the frustration of a world torn apart by war, but they also express their own growing pains as a group. Just when you think it might be totally depressing, though, there are some hints of life hidden in the corners of Under the Iron Sea, and these mysterious loops highlight Keane's new sonic experiments. Keane should be applauded for going after a different sound; there's no harm in that, even though some die-hard fans might rush to judge Under the Iron Sea as sounding a bit too much like U2. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
Q - Ranked #6 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006."
Spin - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] lovely, piano-driven sounds....UNDER THE IRON SEA boasts an embarrassment of melodic riches..."
Entertainment Weekly - "UNDER THE IRON SEA coats the group's typically hand-wringing lyrics with layers of symphonic embellishment." -- Grade: A-
Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] bigger doses of atmospheric keyboard...it offers some of the same tuneful pleasures of the debut, with big-voiced Tom Chaplin digging into his big bag of swooping choruses."
Q - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The lyrics may be downbeat, but musically there's all sorts of festival-friendly, stomach-clenching brightness..."
Mojo - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Opening track 'Atlantic' has dark, dreamy quality they haven't displayed hitherto, 'Broken Toy' is jazzy and swoonsome...[and] 'Hamburg Song' is a gorgeously wistful ballad..."
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