Hopes and Fears

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Hopes and Fears
Hopes and Fears.jpg
Studio album by
Released10 May 2004 (2004-05-10)
RecordedJuly 2001 – January 2004[1]
  • Andy Green
  • Keane
  • James Sanger
Keane chronology
Hopes and Fears
Under the Iron Sea
Alternative cover
Hopes and Fears white.jpg
Singles from Hopes and Fears
  1. "Somewhere Only We Know"
    Released: 16 February 2004
  2. "Everybody's Changing"
    Released: 3 May 2004
  3. "Bedshaped"
    Released: 16 August 2004
  4. "This Is the Last Time"
    Released: 22 November 2004
  5. "Bend and Break"
    Released: 25 July 2005

Hopes and Fears is the debut studio album by the English alternative rock band Keane. It was released on 10 May 2004 in the United Kingdom and topped the UK Albums Chart upon release. It was the second best-selling British album of 2004, behind the Scissor Sisters' self-titled debut album, and has since been certified 9× Platinum by the BPI. The album returned to the top of the charts after winning a Brit Award for Best Album in February 2005.

With more than 2.7 million copies sold in the UK, Hopes and Fears ranks the 11th-best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK.[2] In July 2011, it was ranked the 9th biggest-selling album of the 21st century in the UK.[3] Worldwide, the album has sold over 5.8 million copies as of November 2009.[4]

Album information[edit]

Unlike their follow up album, most songs were already composed by the album's conception date; the track "She Has No Time" was composed circa 1999, making it the earliest composed song appearing on the album, and the remaining were composed just after former member Dominic Scott's departure in July 2001. The tracks "On a Day Like Today" and "We Might As Well Be Strangers" became the last to be composed, circa 2003.

The album was recorded at Helioscentric Studios in Peasmarsh, Rye by Andy Green and the band between September and Christmas 2003. James Sanger did not attend any recording sessions post his involvement with the band in 2001.

The album was mixed down to six channels to enable a release on Super Audio CD (SACD).

The album takes its name from the song "Snowed Under", released as a B-side on the single for "Somewhere Only We Know".[citation needed]

Hal Leonard music published two versions of the official score book for Hopes and Fears, designed for differing skill levels. The Music Sales Group also published a book, including two demo CDs with accompanying bass and drum tracks, along with scores for the B-side songs "Snowed Under", "Walnut Tree" and "Fly to Me".[citation needed]


Singles Peak position (UK) Release date
"Somewhere Only We Know" 3 16 February 2004
"Everybody's Changing" 4 4 May 2004
"Bedshaped" 10 16 August 2004
"This Is the Last Time" 18 22 November 2004
"Bend and Break" 25 July 2005

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[6]
Blender3/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB[8]
The Guardian3/5 stars[9]
The Independent4/5 stars[10]
Q4/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[14]

Hopes and Fears received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregating website Metacritic, which reports a normalized score of 61/100, based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally favourable" reviews.[5] Playlouder was very positive, calling it "one of the best albums you'll hear this year",[5] as was Q magazine, which gave it four out of five stars and said that "as a debut album, its confidence is right up there with [Oasis's] Definitely Maybe."[13] AllMusic, giving the album three and a half out of five stars, praised its "beautiful, emotive dalliance of instrumentation", singer Tom Chaplin's "rich vocals" and the band's "open-hearted ambition...audible on every song",[6] while Rolling Stone noted that the album "contains more hooks than most pop groups manage in their careers."[14]

In a mixed 3-star review, The Guardian criticised the first half the album for "rely[ing] too heavily on Chaplin's show-stopping vocals" and for the "radio-friendly simplicity of the lyrics", while praising 'Can't Stop Now' as a "swooning, epic pop song" and 'Untitled 1's "booming drum and bass" on the second half.[9] Drowned in Sound gave it 5 out of 10, accusing Keane of excessively imitating Coldplay (specifically comparing 'Your Eyes Open' and 'On a Day Like Today' with, respectively, 'Daylight' and 'Politik' on the band's album A Rush of Blood to the Head), criticising the album as being "stylistically all over the place" and its lyrics as being "immature" and "cringe-worthy". However, it gave credit to the album's "fine moments", praising lead single 'Somewhere Only We Know', for example, as "breathtaking".[16]


In 2006, British Hit Singles & Albums and NME organised a poll in which 40,000 people worldwide voted for the 100 best albums ever and Hopes and Fears was placed at #51 on the list.[17] The album was ranked #5 in Amazon.co.uk's Best Selling Album of the Decade.[18] In 2005 the album won the Brit Award for best album.[19] In 2010 the album was nominated for Brit awards in the category Album of 30 Years; however, it lost to Oasis's (What's the Story) Morning Glory? In 2011, Q magazine made a list called 250 Best Albums of Q's Lifetime 1986–2010 and the album appeared at number 34.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Chaplin, Tim Rice-Oxley and Richard Hughes except where noted.

Original UK release/2007 Mexican reissue
1."Somewhere Only We Know"3:57
2."Bend and Break"3:40
3."We Might as Well Be Strangers"3:12
4."Everybody's Changing"3:35
5."Your Eyes Open"3:23
6."She Has No Time" (Rice-Oxley, Chaplin, Hughes, James Sanger)5:45
7."Can't Stop Now"3:38
8."Sunshine" (Rice-Oxley, Chaplin, Hughes, Sanger)4:12
9."This Is the Last Time" (Rice-Oxley, Chaplin, Hughes, Sanger)3:29
10."On a Day Like Today"5:27
11."Untitled 1"5:36
12."Bedshaped" (Rice-Oxley, Chaplin, Hughes, Sanger)4:38

Deluxe edition[edit]

Issued in 2009. The first CD includes the original track list, as seen above, plus tracks 13–19. The second CD presents B-sides, early singles and other rare tracks.

CD 1: Bonus tracks
13."Somewhere Only We Know" (Lamacq live)3:51
14."Bedshaped" (Lamacq live)4:07
15."Bend and Break" (Lamacq live)3:48
16."We Might as Well Be Strangers" (Lamacq live)3:19
17."This Is the Last Time" (Jo Whiley's Live Lounge)3:37
18."With or Without You" (U2 cover) (Jo Whiley's Live Lounge)3:32
19."A Heart to Hold You" (Jo Whiley's Live Lounge)3:58
CD 2: Rare material
1."Snowed Under" (B-side) 
2."We Might as Well Be Strangers" (DJ Shadow remix) 
3."Into the Light" (unreleased demo) 
4."Call Me What You Like" (demo; Zoomorphic single 1) 
5."Closer Now" (Zoomorphic single 1) 
6."Rubbernecking" (Zoomorphic single 1) 
7."Wolf at the Door" (Zoomorphic single 2) 
8."She Has No Time" (demo; Zoomorphic single 2) 
9."Call Me What You Like" (Zoomorphic single 2) 
10."Everybody's Changing" (Fierce Panda single 1) 
11."The Way You Want It" (Fierce Panda single 1) 
12."This Is the Last Time" (demo; Fierce Panda single 2) 
13."Bedshaped" (demo; Fierce Panda single 2) 
14."Allemande" (Fierce Panda single 2) 
15."Somewhere Only We Know" (live E.P. released 3/5/05) 
16."We Might as Well Be Strangers" (live E.P. released 3/5/05) 
17."This Is the Last Time" (live E.P. released 3/5/05) 
18."Everybody's Changing" (live E.P. released 3/5/05) 


Charts and certifications[edit]

Bonus DVD[edit]

Hopes and Fears
Video by
RecordedHelioscentric Studios, various film sets.
LabelIsland, Universal
Keane chronology
Hopes and Fears

A CD+DVD version was released internationally over the course of 2005. This version included two bonus tracks, "Snowed Under" and a remix dance version of "We Might as Well Be Strangers" by DJ Shadow. The DVD contained the four international videos for "Somewhere Only We Know", "Everybody's Changing", "Bedshaped" and "This is the Last Time", and the US video for "Somewhere Only We Know". This version of Hopes and Fears featured also a different box cover design; white and with Keane's "Everybody's Changing" promotional image. The inner 2-CD box had the same cover as the international version.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Somewhere Only We Know" (international version video)
  2. "Somewhere Only We Know" (US version video)
  3. "Everybody's Changing" (version 1 video)
  4. "Bedshaped" (video)
  5. "This Is the Last Time" (version 4 video)

Japanese version[edit]

  1. Keane 30-second TV advertisement
  2. "Somewhere Only We Know" (live)
  3. "She Has No Time" (live)
  4. "This Is the Last Time" (live)
  5. "We Might As Well Be Strangers" (live)
  6. "Everybody's Changing" (live)
  7. "Bedshaped" (live)
  8. "Somewhere Only We Know" (international version video)


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