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Keane | CD review | 2003

KEANE - This Is The Last Time (Fierce Panda)

Review by Dawn


Once in a blue moon you'll hear a song so exquisite that it simply stops you in your tracks and takes your breath away. Now and again a piece of music will hit you in precisely the right place and induce goosebumps, tears or a combination of the two. Every once in a while you discover a song which makes you realise that, having already awarded the October honour to the wonderful Easyworld, having only one 'Single of the Month' accolade to hand out just isn't enough...

This is the Last Time fits comfortably into all of the above categories and many more besides; it's that special and, thus, it would be foolish to believe it possible to do its beauty any sort of justice using words alone.

Those suggesting Keane's lack of guitars is nothing more than a gimmick couldn't be further from the truth; the piano and drums perfectly connote the song's raw emotion and, together with its impassioned, soaring vocals, make for a track which is nothing less than spellbinding and able to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

Probably the most gorgeous single of 2003, and hopefully far from the last time we'll hear from Keane. Treasure it.

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