>Around your bros, it's impossible not to sneer at the mawkish sentimentality of Hopes and Fears
, the debut from Brit trio Keane. But get those same guys around their girlfriends and wives, and the record takes on this weird power -- it becomes . . . beautiful . . . gorgeous . . . wonderful
. Diabolically perfect prom music, Tom Chaplin's brand of piano-based balladry dazzles with big sing-along hooks while quietly tunneling directly to the heart. So many dudes will be slow-dancing to Keane at their wedding, and you can bet their buds will laugh at them for being such wusses. But don't sweat it, men -- it happens. If you've somehow been unaffected, go to the band's upcoming concert at Scene Pavilion -- it'll be nothing but happily whipped men and their mooning dates. What happened to all the tough guys? As Chaplin explains, "We might as well be strangers in another town/We might as well be living in a different world."