"It was so beautiful and addictive": Stefani pops Keane pianist's cherry
Gwen Stefani has poured praise on Keane's key-tickling pianist Tim Rice-Oxley, after he penned one of the songs featured on her latest album.
'In Early Winter' from The Sweet Escape, which was released this week, was the first time Rice-Oxley had collaborated with anyone outside of Keane, and Stefani appeared wholly satisfied.
"He had never written outside of Keane before, but he's like Clark Kent-subtle, but Superman-talented. I'm lucky I was his first, because I'm sure he's going to go write with lots of girls after me."
She said of the processes involved: "I wanted a ballad. I wanted to write 'Eyes Without A Face' or 'Killing Me Softly' or 'Time After Time', and he was like, 'Okay, Cyndi Lauper, got it', like he was taking my order."
When Rice-Oxley returned with 'Early Winter', Stefani loved it: "It was so beautiful and addictive. I didn't really attack it because it was kind of done, lyrics and everything. It's just like one of the most beautiful songs ever. I love it."
- This Week's Singles 8.10.12: AlunaGeorge, Standard Fare, Keane, Melt Yourself Down
- In Photos: V Festival 2012 @ Weston Park, Stafford
- This Week's (Olympic!) Singles! 23.07.12: Muse, Delphic & Keane
- Keane - Strangeland
- This Week's Singles: 30/04/12 Keane, Patrick Watson, The Proclaimers, Lower Dens, Dan Mangan
- In Photos: Record Store Day 2012 @ Rough Trade East, London
- DiS Report: Keane reveal new album Strangeland @ Bexhill-on-Sea's De La Warr Pavilion
- Keane beat Foals and The National to number one album slot