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Snow Patrol release their eagerly awaited 4th studio album `Eyes Open' on May 1st. Following the 4 x platinum success of their breakthrough record `Final Straw', the band have made a phenomenal leap forward in every sense with their new album. With a lifetime of experiences accumulated over the last 2 years, including touring with U2, playing at Live8 and becoming one of the biggest bands in the country "Eyes Open" is a song writing tour de force, and takes the band to a whole new level. Highlights include first single `You're All I Have" (released on April 24th), the huge and anthemic `Chasing Cars", first debuted on the U2 tour and the staggering heartbreak of "Set The Fire To The Third Bar", a duet with Martha Wainwright.
Snow Patrol are frequently compared to Coldplay in the press, which seems strange as they write far better songs and do not appear to be quite so self-hating, nor as rich. Their delightfully dour little pop songs do touch on the melancholic side of things, but the lyrics are wonderfully slice-of-life descriptions. Singer/lyricist Gary Lightbody gives a shout-out to Sufjan Stevens when on the punchy "Open Your Eyes" he sings, "The anger swells in my guts." Perhaps a better comparison would be American indie-rock act Sebadoh? Regardless, this band continues to surprise. If you went to see this mixed Scottish/Irish group on tour after hearing their wistful, breakout third album Final Straw, you might have been a bit confused by the rock juggernaut confronting you. Eyes Open is their most straightforwardly rock record yet, and thanks in large part to producer Garret Lee, it's their best. If there was ever perfect music to get lost to while driving around confused about a relationship, this is it. --Mike McGonigal
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And the Scotpop band doesn't rock the boat on their fourth album, "Eyes Open." These guys go further into mope-rock land that is usually associated with Coldplay, and tinker around with music-box pop and spook-folk. The result is haunting, expansive and very enjoyable.
It starts off on a strong note -- driving guitars, "woo-hooo-hooo!" backing vocals, and a tough rock rhythm. "You're All I Have" probably slated to be a radio single, with a catchier and more upbeat sound. The first few songs are followed with other solid, clean-edged rockers like "In My Arms" and the taut intensity of "Headlights on Dark Roads."
Snow Patrol is good at that music, but some of the songs aren't as complex as they could be. They're bouncy and have a raw appeal, and they even homage indiefolk god Sufjan Stevens in one of their catchy numbers. The only problem is that the bouncy numbers tend to be a bit repetitive musically, although they are still great listening.
But they really shine in the quiet songs. "Shut Your Eyes" is a sparkling, magical little song, followed by quiet, chilly songs that range from acoustic rock to bittersweet music-box pop. The creative peak is probably "Set Fire To The Third Bar," a delicate duet with Martha Wainwright.
Yeah, everyone says that Snow Patrol sounds like Coldplay. Well, ignore them. For one thing, Snow Patrol has been putting out music for substantially longer. For another, their blend of crunchy rock and bittersweet balladry is a more satisfying, solid mix of music.
Frontman Gary Lightbody sounds even better here than he was in "Final Straw," where there was a bit of hesitation in his voice.Read more ›
Eyes Open is one of the best albums of 2006. A masterpiece.