It seems that there are very few discs in the Alternative/Progressive/Rock arena that have been released in high resolution. I can think of a few like Keane, Oasis, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and John Mayer, but the list is few and far between.
How refreshing it is then to get a disc like this one from Snow Patrol on Super Audio CD. The mix is spacious without being invasive. Listening to Chocolate the surrounds are using sparingly for vocals, but in just the right spots, lifting the soundstage of the song well beyond the confines of my room. The album is almost in two parts with Side A presenting a more straightforward rock while the "B Side" eases into a more ethereal sound while never losing track of where the album starts. Hence I definitely prefer the second side of the album.
I have yet to listen to the stereo or CD layer of this release, but the multi-channel mix is very palatable and I'd recommend this to anyone with a set-up that allows for Super Audio CD playback. If you don't have it, you don't know what you're missing.
For fans of acts like The Verve, Chapterhouse, Pulp, Dandy Warhols, King Cobb Steelie, Dig, Keane and perhaps even Coldplay, this disc is unique enough to surprise you and familiar enough to take to within your first few listens.