Hopes and Fears

Hopes and Fears
Studio album by Keane
Released 10 May 2004 (2004-05-10)
Recorded July 2001–January 2004[1]
Length 50:37
Label Island
  • Andy Green
  • Keane
  • James Sanger
Keane chronology
Hopes and Fears
Under the Iron Sea
Alternative cover
Singles from Hopes and Fears
  1. "Somewhere Only We Know"
    Released: 16 February 2004
  2. "Everybody's Changing"
    Released: 3 May 2004
  3. "Bedshaped"
    Released: 16 August 2004
  4. "This Is the Last Time"
    Released: 22 November 2004
  5. "Bend and Break"
    Released: 25 July 2005

Hopes and Fears is the debut studio album by English alternative rock band Keane. It was released on 10 May 2004 in the United Kingdom and topped the UK Albums Chart upon release. It was the second best-selling British album of 2004, behind Scissor Sisters' self-titled album, and has since been certified 9× Platinum by BPI. The album returned to the top of the charts after winning a Brit Award for Best Album in February 2005.

With more than 2.7 million copies sold in the UK, Hopes and Fears ranked the 11th-best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK.[2] In July 2011, it was ranked the 9th biggest-selling album of the 21st century in the UK.[3] Worldwide, the album had sold over 5.8 million copies as of November 2009.[4]

Album information

Unlike with their follow up album, most songs were already composed by the album's conception date; the track "She Has No Time" was composed circa 1999, making it the earliest composed song appearing on the album, and the remaining were composed just after former member Dominic Scott's departure in July 2001. The tracks "On a Day Like Today" and "We Might As Well Be Strangers" became the last to be composed, circa 2003.

The album was recorded at Helioscentric Studios in Peasmarsh, Rye by Andy Green and the band between September and Christmas 2003. James Sanger did not attend any recording sessions post his involvement with the band in 2001.

The album takes its name from the song "Snowed Under", released as a B-side on the single for "Somewhere Only We Know".

Hal Leonard music published two versions of the official score book for Hopes and Fears, designed for differing skill levels. The Music Sales Group also published a book, including two demo CDs with accompanying bass and drum tracks, along with scores for the B-side songs "Snowed Under", "Walnut Tree" and "Fly to Me".

The objects on the cover of Hopes and Fears are piano hammers in allusion to the band's characteristic piano sound. The many different versions of the album can be distinguished by the colour of the artwork. The original UK version has a dark green cover, the European version a black one, the US version white; the international version has a red-brown scheme, and the Japanese version is blue. The original British one includes the track "On a Day Like Today" and the track list order differs from the European version. The Japanese version includes "Allemande".

The typeface selected for this, and for all Keane releases off the album was the font Cochin, designed originally in 1912. The modern italic design of the letters was also followed with similar fonts by some fansites, such as former British site Keaneshaped. The cover single "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" was, however, released with a different font, as it was released by the War Child website, not by Island.


For accurate chart positions for each single, see Keane discography.
Single Peak position (UK) Release date
"Somewhere Only We Know" 3 16 February 2004
"Everybody's Changing" 4 4 May 2004
"Bedshaped" 10 16 August 2004
"This Is the Last Time" 18 22 November 2004
"Bend and Break" 25 July 2005

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Rolling Stone[7]
The Guardian[9]
Q Magazine[8]
Entertainment Weekly(B)[8]
Pitchfork Media(2.8/10)[11]

Hopes and Fears received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregating website Metacritic, which reports a normalized score of 61/100, based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally favourable" reviews.[5] Playlouder was very positive, calling it "one of the best albums you'll hear this year",[5] as was Q magazine, which gave it four out of five stars and said that "as a debut album, its confidence is right up there with [Oasis's] Definitely Maybe."[5] AllMusic, giving the album three and a half out of five stars, praised its "beautiful, emotive dalliance of instrumentation", singer Tom Chaplin's "rich vocals" and the band's "open-hearted ambition...audible on every song",[6] while Rolling Stone noted that the album "contains more hooks than most pop groups manage in their careers."[5]

In a mixed 3-star review, The Guardian criticised the first half the album for "rely[ing] too heavily on Chaplin's show-stopping vocals" and for the "radio-friendly simplicity of the lyrics", while praising 'Can't Stop Now' as a "swooning, epic pop song" and 'Untitled 1's "booming drum and bass" on the second half.[14] Drowned in Sound gave it 5 out of 10, accusing Keane of excessively imitating Coldplay (specifically comparing 'Your Eyes Open' and 'On a Day Like Today' with, respectively, 'Daylight' and 'Politik' on the band's album A Rush of Blood to the Head), criticising the album as being "stylistically all over the place" and its lyrics as being "immature" and "cringe-worthy". However, it gave credit to the album's "fine moments", praising lead single 'Somewhere Only We Know', for example, as "breathtaking".[15]


In 2006, British Hit Singles & Albums and NME organised a poll in which 40,000 people worldwide voted for the 100 best albums ever and Hopes and Fears was placed at #51 on the list.[16] The album was ranked #5 in Amazon.co.uk's Best Selling Album of the Decade.[17] In 2005 the album won the BRIT Awards of best album[18] In 2010 the album was nominated for Brit awards in the category Album of 30 Years; however, it lost to Oasis's (What's the Story) Morning Glory? In 2011, Q magazine made a list called 250 Best Albums of Q's Lifetime 1986-2010 and the album appeared at number 34.[19]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Tim Rice-Oxley; all music composed by Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin and Richard Hughes except where noted.

Original UK release/2007 Mexican reissue
No. Title Length
1. "Somewhere Only We Know"   3:57
2. "Bend and Break"   3:40
3. "We Might as Well Be Strangers"   3:12
4. "Everybody's Changing"   3:35
5. "Your Eyes Open"   3:23
6. "She Has No Time" (Rice-Oxley, Chaplin, Hughes, James Sanger) 5:45
7. "Can't Stop Now"   3:38
8. "Sunshine" (Rice-Oxley, Chaplin, Hughes, Sanger) 4:12
9. "This Is the Last Time" (Rice-Oxley, Chaplin, Hughes, Sanger) 3:29
10. "On a Day Like Today"   5:27
11. "Untitled 1"   5:36
12. "Bedshaped" (Rice-Oxley, Chaplin, Hughes, Sanger) 4:38

Deluxe edition

Issued in 2009. The first CD includes the original track list, as seen above, plus tracks 13–19. The second CD presents B-sides, early singles and other rare tracks.
CD 1 : Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Somewhere Only We Know" (Lamacq live) 3:51
14. "Bedshaped" (Lamacq live) 4:07
15. "Bend and Break" (Lamacq live) 3:48
16. "We Might as Well Be Strangers" (Lamacq live) 3:19
17. "This is the Last Time" (Jo Whiley's Live Lounge) 3:37
18. "With or Without You" (U2 cover) (Jo Whiley's Live Lounge) 3:32
19. "A Heart to Hold You" (Jo Whiley's Live Lounge) 3:58
CD 2: Rare material
No. Title Length
1. "Snowed Under" (B-side)  
2. "We Might as Well Be Strangers" (DJ Shadow remix)  
3. "Into the Light" (unreleased demo)  
4. "Call Me What You Like" (demo; Zoomorphic single 1)  
5. "Closer Now" (Zoomorphic single 1)  
6. "Rubbernecking" (Zoomorphic single 1)  
7. "Wolf at the Door" (Zoomorphic single 2)  
8. "She Has No Time" (demo; Zoomorphic single 2)  
9. "Call Me What You Like" (Zoomorphic single 2)  
10. "Everybody's Changing" (Fierce Panda single 1)  
11. "The Way You Want it" (Fierce Panda single 1)  
12. "This is the Last Time" (demo; Fierce Panda single 2)  
13. "Bedshaped" (demo; Fierce Panda single 2)  
14. "Allemande" (Fierce Panda single 2)  
15. "Somewhere Only We Know" (live E.P. released 3/5/05)  
16. "We Might as Well Be Strangers" (live E.P. released 3/5/05)  
17. "This is the Last Time" (live E.P. released 3/5/05)  
18. "Everybody's Changing" (live E.P. released 3/5/05)  



Additional personnel

  • Andy Green – programming and production
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing

Charts and certifications


Chart (2004) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 42
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 5
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[24] 20
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[25] 3
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[26] 23
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 30
French Albums (SNEP)[28] 5
Irish Albums (IRMA)[29] 3
Italian Albums (FIMI)[30] 14
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[31] 10
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[32] 11
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[33] 2
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[34] 1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[35] 8
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[36] 10
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[37] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[38] 1
US Billboard 200[39] 5


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[40] Platinum 40,000*
Austria (IFPI Austria)[41] Gold  
Belgium (BEA)[42] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[43] Platinum 100,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[44] Gold 20,000^
France (SNEP)[45] Platinum 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[46] Gold 100,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[47] 5× Platinum 75,000^
Italy (FIMI)[48] Gold 50,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[49] Gold 50,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[50] Platinum 80,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[51] 2× Platinum 80,000*
Portugal (AFP)[52] Platinum 40,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[53] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[54] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[55] 9× Platinum 2,761,649[56]
United States (RIAA)[57] Gold 500,000[58]
Europe (IFPI)[59] 4× Platinum 4,000,000*

Bonus DVD

Hopes and Fears
Video by Keane
Released 2004
Recorded Helioscentric Studios, various film sets.
Genre Rock
Length 19:40
Label Island, Universal
Keane chronology
Hopes and Fears DVD

A CD+DVD version was released internationally over the course of 2005. This version included two bonus tracks, "Snowed Under" and a remix dance version of "We Might as Well Be Strangers" by DJ Shadow. The DVD contained the four international videos for "Somewhere Only We Know", "Everybody's Changing", "Bedshaped" and "This is the Last Time", and the US video for "Somewhere Only We Know". This version of Hopes and Fears featured also a different box cover design; white and with Keane's "Everybody's Changing" promotional image. The inner 2-CD box had the same cover as the international version.

Track listing

  1. "Somewhere Only We Know" (international version video)
  2. "Somewhere Only We Know" (US version video)
  3. "Everybody's Changing" (version 1 video)
  4. "Bedshaped" (video)
  5. "This Is the Last Time" (version 4 video)

Japanese version

  1. Keane 30-second TV advertisement
  2. "Somewhere Only We Know" (live)
  3. "She Has No Time" (live)
  4. "This Is the Last Time" (live)
  5. "We Might As Well Be Strangers" (live)
  6. "Everybody's Changing" (live)
  7. "Bedshaped" (live)
  8. "Somewhere Only We Know" (international version video)


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External links

Preceded by
Greatest Hits by Guns N' Roses
Under My Skin by Avril Lavigne
No Roots by Faithless
Tourist by Athlete
UK number one album
22 May 2004 – 4 June 2004
12 June 2004 – 18 June 2004
26 June 2004 – 2 July 2004
20 February 2005 – 26 February 2005
Succeeded by
Under My Skin by Avril Lavigne
No Roots by Faithless
A Grand Don't Come for Free by The Streets
Scissor Sisters by Scissor Sisters
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