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4.3 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 30 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0001MZ7ZK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 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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Format: Audio CD
The year 2004 has seen a rapid increase of great bands in Britain. At the start of the year Franz Ferdinand released their self-titled debut album which has brought a distinct freshness back to the UK charts. Along with male-fronted bands such as Keane, Maroon 5 and the Scissor Sisters, who have both enjoyed great success with their debut albums, I have to say that so far this year I am impressed with the majority of music. And then there's Snow Patrol...
For me Snow Patrol are the greatest 'new' talents of 2004 and also proudly boast the greatest album of the year so far. With their third and latest album "Final Straw," this great band have exploded big time onto the scene. With two virtually unheard albums behind them, these boys zoomed in on their talents and emerged with one of the most promising albums in recent years. I initially ignored this band, thinking them of nothing more than another Coldplay rip-off (their music more than resembles that of Chris Martin's band) but since I bought this album I've seen them in a completely new light.
The UK's best radio station, Radio 1, have hyped this album more than anyone else and their mass appeal has paid off, resulting in a multi-platinum smash hit. Lead singer Gary Lightbody's voice on "How To Be Dead," the album's opener, sets the tone for the rest of the album. The morbid title is metaphorically speaking of a relationship that's dead in the water. The lyrical composition is catchy and the beat gradually builds towards the second minute. This is swiftly followed by the masterful "Wow." There's not a greater title for this song, because it simply makes you go Wow! The intro is ambiguous and rather distant before the drums kick in and the Placebo-like vocals take over.
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Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on everyone's recommendation through Amazon. After having bought the album and listened to it multiple times I noticed one thing. I hope I'm not the only one who notices this. The three best songs, the only songs worth mentioning are "Spitting Games", "Chocolate", and "Run" (songs 5, 6, 7). Why only these three? Because they were all produced by Chris Lord-Alge. The rest of this album is terrible. The rest of this album was not produced by Chris Lord-Alge. I sincerely hope Snow Patrol realize this because they have promising talent. Listen to the album, it's like a whole new band when songs 5 - 7 begin, then it's back to the same mediocre crap you were listening to when the album began. However, I'm going to recommend this album because of those three songs. They are melodic, emotionally charged and beautifully textured. Three diamonds in the rough. They play better, he sings better, the album gets better when these three songs begin. If they make an entire album that uses the formula they used on those three songs, watch out because Dashboard will have to make room for another band to sit upon the emo throne. But let's get real folks, they ain't there yet.
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