Keane are known for using piano as their lead instrument instead of guitars, significantly differentiating them from most rock bands. The inclusion of a distorted piano effect and various synthesizers are a common feature in their music that gracefully combines pure piano rock with their distinctive take on alternative rock. Acoustic and power ballads are a highlight in the group’s music, including fan favorites such as “"Somewhere Only We Know", "Is It Any Wonder", "Stop For A Minute"and "Silenced By the Night".
“…What Keane perfect in these stadium-swelling anthems is the meticulous yet ineffable melodic progression that goes straight for the emotional reflex, defying you to listen to these songs without shivering at their loveliness.” – The Guardian (UK)
“Uniformly excellent from stem to stern.” – Boston Globe