Perfect Symmetry (Keane album)

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Perfect Symmetry
Keane Perfect Symmetry.jpg
Studio album by
Released13 October 2008
Recorded2008
Studio
Genre
Length50:43
LabelIsland
Producer
Keane chronology
Live 06
(2006)
Perfect Symmetry
(2008)
Night Train
(2010)
Singles from Perfect Symmetry
  1. "Spiralling"
    Released: 4 August 2008
  2. "The Lovers Are Losing"
    Released: 20 October 2008
  3. "Perfect Symmetry"
    Released: 29 December 2008[1]
  4. "Better Than This"
    Released: 16 March 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(64/100) [2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars [3]
Entertainment Weekly(B+) [4]
Uncut3/5 stars [5]
musicOMH3/5 stars [6]
The Guardian3/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars [7]
Q Magazine4/5 stars [7]
Digital Spy4/5 stars [8]
PopMatters6/10 stars [9]
Spin7/10 stars [10]
NME2/10 stars [11]
BBC(unfavourable) [12]

Perfect Symmetry is the third studio album by English rock band Keane, released on 13 October 2008 in the United Kingdom.[13] According to international Island Records manager, Jon Turner, "the general international feel is of excitement and 'Spiralling' is a favourite track of the US company."[14]

Background[edit]

Perfect Symmetry is a departure from Keane's established piano-rock sound, with the band employing guitars for the first time since their early musical beginnings and a larger reliance on synthesizers than their previous effort Under the Iron Sea, as well as experimenting with other instruments such as the musical saw, saxophone and string arrangements. Also most notable is the emergence of a 1980s' synthpop-influenced style on most songs such as "Spiralling" and "Again and Again". The album is the result of a more relaxed and creative recording process in comparison to the tense sessions for Under the Iron Sea. One of the only piano-driven songs on the album is the track of the same name. Jesse Quin joined Keane from this album as a studio and live support member. He became an official member three years later.

Cover[edit]

The cover for the album was revealed on 5 September. Tim Rice-Oxley explained that the imagery of the band are photographs of bigger than life-size sculptures of the band members, made by Korean artist Osang Gwon. It was implied that these sculptures will form the basis of the album's image and promotion up to the date of release.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Keane.

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Spiralling"Keane4:19
2."The Lovers Are Losing"Keane5:04
3."Better Than This"Keane4:03
4."You Haven't Told Me Anything"Keane, Jon Brion^3:47
5."Perfect Symmetry"Keane5:12
6."You Don't See Me"Keane4:03
7."Again and Again"Keane, Stuart Price*3:50
8."Playing Along"Keane5:35
9."Pretend That You're Alone"Keane3:47
10."Black Burning Heart"Keane, Stuart Price*5:23
11."Love Is the End"Keane5:37
Total length:50:43
Notes

(^) denotes additional production
(*) denotes co-producer

Bonus DVD[edit]

  1. Making of Perfect Symmetry documentary
  2. Track by track commentary
  3. "Spiralling" (Live Rehearsal)
  4. "Spiralling" (Demo)
  5. "The Lovers Are Losing" (Demo)
  6. "Better Than This" (Demo)
  7. "You Haven't Told Me Anything" (Demo)
  8. "Perfect Symmetry" (Demo)
  9. "You Don't See Me" (Demo)
  10. "Again and Again" (Demo)
  11. "Playing Along" (Demo)
  12. "Pretend That You're Alone" (Demo)
  13. "Black Burning Heart" (Demo)
  14. "Love Is the End" (Demo)

Singles[edit]

The first full single from the album was "The Lovers Are Losing", released on 20 October 2008.[citation needed] The next single was "Perfect Symmetry", released on 29 December 2008.[citation needed] In March 2009, "Better Than This" was released as the fourth single.[citation needed]

In culture[edit]

The album's eleventh song "Love Is The End" was featured on the 18th episode from the sixth season of the series One Tree Hill.[16]

Perfect Symmetry World Tour[edit]

The Perfect Symmetry World Tour started 29 September 2008 and finished 29 October 2009, with 121 shows.[citation needed] During the Perfect Symmetry album release week, the band did some free shows in the UK.[citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Published Thursday, 9 October 2008, 18:06 BST (9 October 2008). "Keane: 'Perfect Symmetry' - Music Album Review". DigitalSpy.com. Retrieved 7 January 2012.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
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  10. ^ Wood, Mikael. "Keane, 'Perfect Symmetry' (Interscope)". SPIN.com. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
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  12. ^ "Music - Review of Keane - Perfect Symmetry". BBC.com. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
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