As the singer of Keane, Tom Chaplin will be a familiar voice to many, especially as the band's debut album reportedly sold over 5.5 million units. His first solo release sees him step out of the song writing shadow of Tim Rice-Oxley, while the shows announced in support of this record are already sold out.
When the singer of a band goes solo, the results can broadly be summarised in two categories: appease fans with similar output (and inevitable questions of why go it alone) or something artistically different that risks alienating followers. 'The Wave' sits firmly in the former, with the opening couplet of 'Still Waiting' and 'Hardened Heart' featuring the same radio-friendly, adult rock which worked so well for Keane. 'The River' is overly synth-reliant, while 'Worthless Words' is the sort of quaint, piano-led piece that detractors of the band slammed for lack of excitement.
Speaking of haters, knowing that 'Quicksand' is written for Chaplin's daughter will probably give them that sinking feeling (pun fully intended). It is however, an affecting piece for any parent, warning of bad times ahead and not just a generic mushy dedication. The upbeat 'Bring The Rain' has an infectious spring in its step, but the goodwill ends abruptly with the gospel choir of 'See It So Clear'. There's nothing as ubiquitous as 'Bedshaped' or 'Somewhere Only We Know', but for fans of Keane who are struggling with their hiatus, this is the perfect stop-gap.
The huge lion tattoo has divided fans, but Sheeran reacted when Keane singer Tom Chaplin took to Twitter to deride it.
Ed Sheeran has addressed the division in his fanbase over his newly inked lion tattoo, saying that he doesn’t care what anybody thinks and that his is the “only opinion that matters”. Well that’s cleared that up then.
Over the weekend, the 24 year old megastar took to Twitter and Instagram to show off his latest tattoo, that of a giant lion across his chest and between his nipples, with the caption ‘Halfway and ouch’ underneath it. His millions of fans quickly responded to the striking artwork, many of them not loving it at all.
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Grammy nominated indie group Keane performed their greatest hits including 'Bend & Break', 'Bedshaped', 'Everybody's Changing', 'Somewhere Only We Know' and 'Crystal Ball' live in Berlin, in a concert film that will be shown at Glastonbury Festival this year, more specifically the Pilton Palais Cinema Marquee on Wednesday, June 24th 2015.
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Tom Chaplin and Keane - Tom Chaplin of rock band Keane Friday 4th May 2012 outside the Today FM studio. Tom and other band members performed tracks from the new album 'Strangeland' on the Ray Foley Show