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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