10 Fakten zum Soloalbum von Tom Chaplin:
“High hopes and young dreams, time will sweep these things away,” warns Tom Chaplin on the title track of this first solo album, a dreary account of the Keane singer’s struggle with cocaine addiction. With sombre strings indicating the general mood on early songs such as “Still Waiting” and “Hardened Heart”, The Wave exemplifies the old joke about how Chaplin’s suffered for his art, and now it’s our turn. The latter song does at least consider others – “How I wish that I was not hurting everyone I know” – although the album arguably gets worse as he gets better, particularly in “Quicksand”, with its Coldplay-esque promise to “patch you up, we’ll work it out”. The time-shifting reminiscence “I Remember You”, with Chaplin recalling his younger self, is the best track here, boasting musical echoes of The Cure, albeit hobbled by a surfeit of earnest uplift.