Mad for sadness? Then Northern Irish four-piece Snow Patrol could be the band for you. Ignore lead singer Gary Lightbody when he hisses that he's "never gonna fall in love again" on the opening track of the same name; When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up
is an album about giving your heart away, feeling it break, and desperately trying to reassemble it before the next emotional crackup. Some of this record's greatest moments find amps turned down and emotions laid desperately bare, such as the acoustic "Make Love to Me Forever" and the love-laid-to-rest lament of "If I'd Ever Found the Right Words to Say." But that's not to say that the ballsy pop songs--see "Ask Me How I Am," the sound of a harmony-laden Sebadoh playing hip-hop through a detuned radio--don't make the grade. And when it's all over? They may have been casualties in the wars of love, but as Lightbody whispers "we won't get much sleep" on the closing "Firelight," you know that--like you--Snow Patrol are ready to flip the record and live it all again. --Louis Pattison
2009 reissue of the enhanced and expanded edition of the Scottish band's sophomore album including four bonus tracks plus the enhanced video for 'Ask Me How I Am'. When It's All Over... was originally released in 2001 and was the follow-up to their 1998 debut full length, Songs For Polarbears. Led by guitarist/vocalist and songwriter Gary Lightbody, Snow Patrol had all the right pieces in place by the time they released their debut album but it took a few years for the rest of the world to catch on. The band continues to go from strength to strength with every release. Includes the singles 'Ask Me How I Am' and 'One Night Is Not Enough'. Jeepster.