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It’s 15 years since Hopes And Fears, a teenage breakup album, turned Keane from schoolboy friends to global stars. Now, after a seven-year hiatus, they’re back with another breakup record, though its more mature nature is clear from the way Stupid Things’ confessional outpourings slip from “I’m working late / You know I hate/ To miss the kids’ bedtime again” to “I drank too much/ A working lunch” without missing a beat. Otherwise, though older and wiser – and despite You’re Not Home’s sensitive opening notes initially tripping over themselves like mischievous children, and Tom Chaplin’s weary voice sounding appealingly like Neil Hannon – Keane have changed little, meaning they speak familiar truths in extremely familiar fashions. Consequently, that opener can’t resist a redemptive climax, and Love Too Much boasts a ‘poptimistic’, Coldplay sheen, underlined by its frivolous keyboard riff, while Strange Room harks back to when Radiohead’s The Bends was ubiquitous. Phases is also almost interchangeable with Coldplay’s Yellow, while I Need Your Love sounds like Gary Barlow rewrote Rod Stewart’s Sailing as a love song for Travis. All of this is fine if you like a heart on a sleeve, but the era they inhabit is underlined by a tune called Put The Radio On.

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In the latest issue of Classic Pop we have a world exclusive interview with Duran Duran who reveal all about their forthcoming new studio album and the iconic show they played for NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. A candid Gary Numan talks to us about his 40 years as a ground-breaking icon of electronic music and Kim Wilde explains why it’s taken her 38 years to release her first live album, plus we also chat to Metronomy’s Joe Mount about his band’s ambitious new studio LP.

For our latest album-by-album feature we examine the amazing back catalogue of Blur and we also look back at the technology that drove the electro revolution with the help of members of the Human League and Landscape. 

Our classic album is Prince’s Sign O’ The Times and we also meet his collaborator Cat Glover to hear about her recollections of the project.

Our packed new album reviews section includes Charli XCX, Kim Wilde, Bon Iver, Keane, Chrissie Hynde, The Brand New Heavies and more. On the reissues front, we serve up a selection including Prefab Sprout, Goldfrapp, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Somerville, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes. In our live reviews section, we check out shows by New Order, kd lang, Stevie Wonder, Jenny Lewis and more.

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