This week, Keane released another live set on iTunes appropriately titled "Live In London." After the digital release of their AOL studio performance and the University of London Union show, this live gig was recorded at the Apple store on Regent Street in London. The set features some old tunes and some new ones including "Everything Changes," "Somewhere Only We Know," "Crystal Ball," "Is It Any Wonder," the new single "A Bad Dream" and the sublime and much-overlooked "Nothing In My Way." The download package also includes a video of the performance, which makes for a pretty good value for all you video iPod junkies out there.
After lukewarm response to their sophomore album, Tom's stint in rehab and a cancelled U.S. tour, 2006 turned out to be a bit of a lost year for Keane. This live EP shows, however, that the trio is an excellent live band with a knack for melody. Tom's voice is not always reaching those subtle high notes, but the "Live in London" EP captures the distinct intimacy of an instore performance very well. Especially, the toned down version of "Is It Any Wonder" is worth a listen.
In related Keane news, you can now download "A Bad Dream" b-sides on 7Digital including the gabber house Luna-C remix of the song and the the group's cover of The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary." Also, look out for Keane at the Grammys next month. The group is nominated for Best Pop Vocals Performance By A Duo Or A Group for "Is It Any Wonder."