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Final Straw

Snow Patrol Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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1. How To Be Dead
2. Wow
3. Glaming Auction
4. Whatever's Left
5. Spitting Games
6. Chocolate
7. Run
8. Grazed Knees
9. Ways & Means
10. Tiny Little Fractures
11. Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking
12. Same
13. Bonus Track 1
14. Bonus Track 2

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The warm melancholy of Gary Lightbody's voice makes for a versatile instrument on Snow Patrol's Final Straw, artfully balancing bright anthemic rock with disparate reference points like Belle and Sebastian and My Bloody Valentine. Aching with loves both lost and leaving, it's a voice that producer Garrett Lee uses as a jumping off point, dropping fat guitars, electronic noise, and eclectic instrumentation in with Lightbody's breathy, moody depth. The band plays around with wild shifts of texture; "Gleaming Auction" veers in seconds from a relaxed shuffle to a shoegazing crunch, while a blanket of fuzzbox swagger calls forth the ghost of T. Rex on "Tiny Little Fractures." But just when you're ready to throw the record on random shuffle with Electric Warrior or maybe Heaven Tonight, the band lays down a pastoral ballad like "Same." Somehow it holds together beautifully, stuffed with songs that reward repeat listens and ear candy that keeps you full for days. --Matthew Cooke

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Snow Patrol ~ Final Straw

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By Bricktop TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The final straw March 7 2007
Format:Audio CD
After several solid albums in the UK, Snow Patrol gets some US attention with their breakout album, "Final Straw." Their melancholy rock'n'roll has a sort of chilly, late-autumn sound and a lot of songs about falling-out with lovers, but avoids being the cliched, whiny album about The End of the Band Leader's Relationship.

"Run" serves as the most polished, radio-oriented song -- smooth and vaguely Coldplayish -- but songs like "Run" and "Spitting Games" take a different tack: More rough indie-rock with some wicked basslines and a solid rhythm. The most musically rich song is "Ways and Means," a magnificent, slow-grinding song that includes violins, synths and cymbals.

Snow Patrol don't really forge any new paths into the world of rock music. Most of their songs are rooted in gritty indie-rock bands, as well as some classics like Pink Floyd. But they do have a solid, engaging style, in the form of a "message": Gary Lightbody seems to be asking his lovers to please, please, PLEASE understand him.

The songs almost border on dance music sometimes -- some strings, barely-restrained chugging guitars, solid basslines and the occasional lovely roll of electronic sound serve to contrast the melancholy tone. Not to mention delicate touches like strings, which also polish up the edges.

It seems a little weird to have such musically upbeat instrumentation while singing about being drenched in the rain. But it saves "Final Straw" from being yet another mopey pop album about The End of the Relationship, but not so perky that it becomes annoying.

Gary Lightbody's vocals sometimes get buried under the drums; they are best highlighted in songs like "Run," where the sound is lower-key.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good album worth the price.. July 11 2006
Format:Audio CD
this is a typical indie rock album these bands tend to have the same sound but the difference with these guys is that there lyrics actually mean something and that is one of the key factors to this albums success in my opinion as .. but is still really good to listen to and has alot of good songs i hope these guys can come up with some new stuff and make it as good as this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit worth having Nov. 2 2005
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Format:Audio CD
Usually I don't like buying albums because they tend to only have 2 or 3 good songs that I'll listen to, but skip over the other ones. This CD is not like that. Every song on here is worth listening to over and over again, which in my books makes it worth having. If you like music for its lyrics, then this album is definitely a good one to have.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Snow Blow. Jan. 2 2005
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Format:Audio CD
Please sample this album before you buy it. Once you do, you will save yourself $13.99. I bought this album on the strength of that one good song, "Run". Nothing else on this album sounds remotely like this one brilliant track. In fact, "Run" is so different from the rest of the album, that you start to wonder if Snow Patrol actually wrote that song. Other noteworthy tracks include "Chocolate" and "How To Be Dead". The rest of the album is a collection of songs where the lead singer sings unenthusiastically off-key to weak, uninteresting, monotonous melodies. "Final Straw" is the final Snow Patrol album I'll ever purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Northern Irish Greatness Dec 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
if you like anything, you will like this album!
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2.0 out of 5 stars umm, no. Sept. 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
Gary, Gary Gary...where did you go wrong? What happened to the days when you used to write good songs? I bought this CD before hearing it, having been a fan of past Snow Patrol and the Reindeer Section (Gary's other band). The song titles snapped me up right away - though these really great song titles give no indication of poignant or thoughful lyrics in the songs. This CD might contain worse lyrics than a Hillary Duff CD. I kid you not, and I quote "Maybe I can do it if I put my back into it"...why would anyone want to rip off Ice Cube of all people? I admit the songs on this CD are well crafted catchy pop tunes, but it severely lacks substance. The song structure is the same of every song, and it took me about five seconds to lift "Run". It's uninteresting, unexciting. They were horrendous live - backup vocals incredibly off key, and for the most part it was as if someone had just cranked the CD over the Opera House's PA...
Now go buy some Wilco.
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