Night Train (EP)

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Night Train
EP by Keane
Released 10 May 2010[1]
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Alternative rock
Length 31:24
Label Island, Cherrytree, Interscope
Producer Tim Rice-Oxley
Keane chronology
Perfect Symmetry
(2008)
Night Train
(2010)
Strangeland (2012)
Singles from Night Train
  1. "Stop for a Minute"
    Released: 5 April 2010[2]

Night Train is an EP[3][4][5][6][7][8] by English rock band Keane.[9] The EP's title and material was born out of the group's Perfect Symmetry World Tour of 2008–2009.

Night Train debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.[10]

Recording[edit]

The EP was recorded in various studios during the Perfect Symmetry World tour, and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. Tracks "Stop for a Minute" and "Looking Back" mark Keane's collaboration with Somali/Canadian rapper K'Naan.[11] "I think those tracks show us in a completely different light," says Keane frontman Tom Chaplin. "Your Love" features Tim Rice-Oxley on lead vocals.[11] On 3 February, it was confirmed that the lead single for the EP will be "Stop for a Minute".[12] On 8 March 2010 the song "Clear Skies" was played by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music radio station, making it the first song of the EP to be played on radio.[13] On 11 March 2010 the first single from the EP, "Stop for a Minute", made its debut on Fearne Cotton's BBC Radio 1 show.[14] The song reached the UK Top 40.

Keane's London-based manager Adam Tudhope says the EP "may be a mix of styles and genres of music, but it's full of the hallmarks that make Keane..."[11]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (59/100)[15]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[16]
BBC Music (favourable)[17]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[18]
NME (3/10)[19]
Pitchfork Media (3.0/10)[20]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars[21]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[22]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[23]
Q Magazine 4/5 stars[24]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[25]
Spin 7/10 stars[26]

Night Train has been met with mixed reviews from critics. Ryan Brockington of the New York Post '​s PopWrap called the work, "game changing" while writing that the first single, "Stop for a Minute", is "just as brilliant" as the album.[27]

John Aizlewood of Q magazine called Night Train's "8 tracks and 31 minutes... surprisingly effective between-albums stop-gap".[24]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "House Lights"   1:23
2. "Back in Time"   3:52
3. "Stop for a Minute" (featuring K'naan) 4:06
4. "Clear Skies"   4:53
5. "Ishin Denshin (You've Got to Help Yourself)" (featuring Tigarah) 3:56
6. "Your Love" (featuring Tim Rice-Oxley on vocals) 4:36
7. "Looking Back" (featuring K'naan) 3:46
8. "My Shadow"   4:49
Total length:
31:24

Chart performance[edit]

The Night Train EP debuted on the UK Albums Chart on 16 May 2010 at number one with sales of 28,000 copies.[28] The Album is certified Silver in UK selling over 60,000 copies and has sold worldwide over 160,000 copies to date.

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree by Diana Vickers
UK Albums Chart number-one album
16–23 May 2010
Succeeded by
Exile on Main St. by The Rolling Stones

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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