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Keane Dish Out Sonic Therapy at LA's Greek Theatre

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More often than we'd like to admit, we've found ourselves at a gig that runs way too long... our eyes will invariably shift to the nearest clock... hoping that we just heard the last song. Keane's performance at The Greek yesterday was about as far removed from that scenario as you can possibly get. We credit this to good pacing, solid vocals and contagious optimism from the band. The pianist, Tim Rice-Oxley, was the most energetic. Oxley reminded us a bit of Chris Martin of Coldplay, only more animated.

Comparisons to Coldplay and Death Cab for Cutie are inevitable, but the band is carefully perfecting a soaring, dramatic sound that will likely break that trend. Unlike Chris Martin, Tom Chaplin's vocal range is so high that he rarely uses falsetto. On songs like She Has No Time, Chaplin reaches epic peaks with ease. We'd compare Chaplin to Radiohead's Thom Yorke rather than Martin. Both have the ability to slide up and down the scale with ease. Somehow Chaplin wraps all the sorrow in syrupy sweetness. You're not sure if you want to cry or jump for joy.... or perhaps engage in a little of both.