TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Keane, Strangeland

Given the twenty-year cycle of music trends, Britpop is due for a major revival, as we’ve seen the last great Brit behemoths disintegrate (and reunite for a few commemorative gigs) and Coldplay assume the of English rock superstardom.

Somewhere beneath the hubbub lies Keane, who have been faithfully been plugging away at their swooning brand of piano rock for almost a decade. You still may know the British threesome best for their mega-hit “Somewhere Only We Know,” but Keane has kept busy since their 2004 moment in the sun, putting a twist on the ‘90s Britpop tradition with their signature guitar-less piano ballads.

Keane play the Strathmore on June 14th in support of their fourth full-length release, Strangeland, their first since 2008’s Perfect Symmetry.

Strangeland hearkens back to Keane’s piano-pop origins circa Hopes and Fears, bringing in Vaccines producer Dan Grech-Marguerat to make a record that he described as “rich and simpler” than their previous few albums. The video for standout track “Silenced by the Night,” a swooning anthem with Bono-esque vocals, was released last month.

To snag a copy of Keane’s Strangeland: in the spirit of the flurry of Britpop reunion gigs happening this summer, post below whether you’d like to see Blur, Pulp, or the Stone Roses record another album and why. Cleverest argument takes home the vinyl!

We’ll choose one winner with a North American mailing address next Thursday, 5/17.

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  • gboutilier

    Blur! cuz life is a blur!!
     

  • Bamaclint12

    Stone Roses, because they only gave us two albums before disbanding. With the original band back together, fireworks should ensue a “Third Coming” album!

  • Steve

    Pulp because Jarvis Cocker is the original hipster and we need great pop tunes.

  • Steve

    Pulp because Jarvis Cocker is the original hipster and we need great pop tunes.

  • http://twitter.com/MattBroady MattBroady

    Pulp, because I’d like to see a holographic Michael Jackson moonwalk across the stage & flip Jarvis Cocker off. #britawards

  • MrjSdq

    Blur because they’re the band I’ve heard the most about but have never had a chance to really see or experience a new album from. I didn’t start listening to Blur till around 2006, a few years after their “hiatus.” Of course, I thought they’d release a new album but that hiatus has gone on for almost a decade now with a few gigs in between and no new material.
     
    Blur are probably the most influential band of the three. Without Travis making light rock big with their 1999 album The Man Who, record companies might never have picked up on bands like Keane or Coldplay. And without Blur, I don’t think the type of Britpop Blur helped establish would become big allowing Travis to come into the spot light. Pulp I don’t think became big until after Blur was successful and Stone Roses didn’t make it as successful for as long as Blur.

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