A train ride worth avoiding

James Whittle
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Keane's new EP, Night Train, is a few tracks short of a full train line, and like British Rail it will leave you dissatisfied and disappointed.

The opening track, Back in Time, is a throwback to the 1980s, featuring a Duran Duran style digital synth ballad that could easily be mistaken for one of the vintage pop group's less popular songs.

While another of the eight tunes can be dismissed as the digital equivalent of an orchestra tuning its instruments before getting down to work.

Probably the only track of note is Ishin Denshin (You've Got to Help Yourself), featuring the Japanese vocalisations of Tigarah.

The song alternates between two choruses, each with its own distinct melody. The song starts with Keane singing the Christmas-y main tune, before switching back and forth between this and a monotone J-pop melody.

Sadly, Night Train borders on the mediocre. The music as a whole is instantly forgettable; there are no tunes, riffs or melodies that will ever get stuck in your head.

Listeners are sure to be left unfilled and unsatisfied. If you want eighties digital pop, you're better off getting a classic Pet Shop Boys album.

YP rating: 2/5

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