U.K. pop/rock trio Keane will release its sophomore album, "Under the Iron Sea," this week in North America via Interscope.U.K. pop/rock trio Keane will release its sophomore album, "Under the Iron Sea," this week in North America via Interscope. The 12-track set, which already debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., is led by the single "Is It Any Wonder?," which finds keyboardist Tim Rice-Oxley summoning an uncanny guitar-like sound from his piano by running it through effects pedals.
"Under the Iron Sea" is the follow-up to Keane's left-field 2004 smash debut, "Hopes and Fears," which has sold more than 855,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single "Somewhere Only We Know" reached No. 11 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.
The new release is full of the soaring melodies and impassioned, high-register singing introduced on the debut. Highlights include the slow-building, string-tinged opener "Atlantic" and ultra-poppy single contenders like "Nothing in My Way" and "Crystal Ball."
"In making this record we tried to confront all our worst fears, to ruthlessly scrutinize ourselves, our relationship with each other, with other people, and with the world at large, and to make a journey into the darkest places we could find," the band says of the album.