Keane - Hopes and Fears

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Keane - Hopes and Fears
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Studio album by Keane
Released 10 May 2004
Recorded July 2001 – January 2004
  • Helioscentric Studios (Rye, East Sussex, England)
Length 50:37
Label Island
  • Andy Green
  • Keane
  • James Sanger
Keane chronology
  Hopes and Fears
Under the Iron Sea
Alternative cover (not for sale)
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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. In July 2011, it was ranked the 9th biggest-selling album of the 21st century in the UK. Worldwide, the album has sold over 5.8 million copies as of November 2009.



Album information

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




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

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (61/100)
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars
Mojo 3/5 stars
The Guardian 3/5 stars
PopMatters (6/10)
Q Magazine 4/5 stars
Entertainment Weekly (B)
Pitchfork Media (2.8/10)
NME (7/10)
Sputnik Music (4.5/5)

"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. Playlouder was very positive, calling it "one of the best albums you'll hear this year", 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"." AllMusic, giving the album three and a half out of five stars, praised its "beautiful, emotive dalliance of instrumentation", singer Tome Chaplin's "rich vocals" and the band's "open-hearted on every song", while Rolling Stone noted that the album "contains more hooks than most pop groups manage in their careers."

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. 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".



In 2006, British hit singles and 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. The album was ranked #5 in's Best Selling Album of the Decade. In 2005 the album won the BRIT awards of best album 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.


Track listing

Original UK release/2007 Mexican reissue
No. Title Length
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





Keane - Hopes and Fears

EU 5758899 / BEIM / MCPS / LC00-407 (2017).

Album manufactured in the EU.

This record for sale is the 2017 re-issue of the album first released in 2004.

The vinyl record attains a Mint- grading, suggesting very few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album's hinged cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged hinge and spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

The album's printed inner sleeve is perfectly presented.

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