These guys take U2, Radiohead, Coldplay and a bit of the Cure and make it their own thing. And they do it really well!
It's a small group (a drummer, a keyboard player and the singer) who manage to sound really big.
ALL the song melodies are absolutely brilliant, the compositions and other arrangements are exceptional.
The best thing about this album (and the thing that usually really sells a band for me) is that at first it caught my attention but wasn't impressing the hell out of me. "Hopes and Fears" really grew on me and it wasn't that hard, it's an easy album to put on and listen too all the way through.
Go out and buy this album NOW! (and then get ready for Velvet Revolver)
What terrible news to wake up to. I've been a fan of the band forever and it's just never going to be the same again. I was hoping that he was getting better, after he showed up for an accordion solo at the Indianapolis show just four weeks ago.