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Eyes Open

Snow PatrolAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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listen  5. It's Beginning To Get To Me 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. You Could Be Happy 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Make This Go On Forever 5:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Set The Fire To The Third Bar [feat. Martha Wainwright] 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (May 9, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000F3UADO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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.

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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.... May 16, 2006
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I bought this album on a whim because I liked Final Straw and thought I'd see what their new stuff sounded like. Initially I was a bit skeptical, but after a couple of repeated listens, I think that this actually exceeds Final Straw musically and in lyrics. This is not guitar pop or indie music...this is lush, beautiful, modern music. It's adult...complex and interesting.

There are some truly amazing tracks on this record. Some are reminiscent of (similar in style to) "Fix You" by Coldplay. My favorites include: Make This Go On Forever, Chasing Cars, You're All I Have, and Open Your Eyes.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CD REVIEW: With hands, eyes, & ears open: Snow Patrol November 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Indie kids added Snow Patrol to their mixes with the band's 1998 debut "Songs for Polar Bears," whose title references a previous incarnation of the group. How could you not love a Scottish indie band with chops big enough to cover "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce Knowles as a B-side?(Yes, the bootylicious singer from Destiny's Child and "Austin Powers.")

Snow Patrol relies on atmospheric, pop-tinged melodies, shimmering keyboards, and distorted guitars characteristic of the Glasgow alternative scene of the 1990s, overlaid with lead singer Gary Lightbody's floating tenor. The band's fourth disc, "Eyes Open", builds on the band's signature style.

Songs like "Make This Go On Forever", "Headlights on Dark Roads", and duet with Martha Wainwright "Set the Fire To The Third Bar" hypnotize with dark imagery and minored vocal chords. "You Could be Happy" and "Shut Your Eyes" lend a sense of acoustic purity to the album.(Both were recorded live in one session; you can hear chairs creaking, breathing, and feet tapping in both, but it just adds to the mood.)

The self-described "emotional knife-twisting" of Lightbody's lyrics is absent from the album's biggest single to date, "Chasing Cars." Like "Run", "Chasing Cars" is a deceptively simple love song filled with "garden[s] bursting into life" and "wasting time" with the one you love. "Cars" gets a lot of radio play across the FM band in Boston, from Emerson College's eclectic WERS 88.9 to Top 40-Music-In-A-Can Kiss 108.Whatever station it's played on, it's almost always followed by a moment of silence and the DJ saying "Wow, what a beautiful song."

True to form, "Eyes Open" starts with aggressive guitar riffs and builds to a rousing, uplifting finish.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely have been waiting for this album December 8, 2007
By Garland
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit I am not all that familiar with this band. I heard one of their tracks on a movie I was watching recently and dediced to buy one of their cds. Without even knowing it....this is the cd I have been waiting for. I am just tired of listening to the same type of music and this band really does offer something different. The words, music and use of some instruments you wouldn't necessarily hear on a pop/rock album make it all the more worth listening to. I do love this album and will be looking forward to discovering more music from Snow Patrol. Thanks Snow Patrol for giving us such a great cd to enjoy.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars emotionally lacking... May 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
i love gary lightbody. i do. i've been a snow patrol and reindeer section fan for the last 5 years. up until 'eyes open,' one could never accuse gary lightbody of not wearing his heart on his record sleeve. those familiar with his work in the reindeer section know gary lightbody is more than capable of an emotional punch quite unlike anyone else. snow patrol's third album, 'final straw,' was again evidence that gary lightbody could deliver the emotional goods while delivering a great song and melody.

unfortunately, 'eyes open' is a step backwards in the band's evolution. musically, the album is just plain boring. it's essentially 'guitar-by-the-numbers.' there's no real imagination anywhere(a.k.a. 'the coldplay curse'). every song is basically similar in tone, style and tempo. that's not particularly a bad thing, but when that style isn't very interesting to begin with, it leaves you wishing 'eyes open' were a whole lot more than it actually is. the album opener, 'you're all i have' is decent enough. it's reminiscent of 'spitting games.' 'hands open' however, is an exercise is MOR rock tailor made for VH1. it made me cringe. it's instantly forgettable. 'shut your eyes' is a so-so track and at least offers a slightly varied guitar riff. 'it's beginning to get me' is the album standout, if there is one. unfortunately, it took 1/2 an album to hear the first memorable melody despite its truly vapid lyric, 'i want something purer than the water, like we were.' is this the same guy who wrote 'where i fall' off 'son of evil reindeer?' and 'an olive grove facing the sea' off 'when it's all over we still have to clear things up?' what's happened to the lyrics? they are, by and large, cliched, tired, and well-worn. they lack any real cleverness, playfulness or insight.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I love Snow Patrol, I really do. Final Straw is a great album and it made me go out and buy their older stuff (that I could find). I even saw them last year at Coachella and was really impressed by their live show.

But this album is really disappointing.

It's really produced, to the point where it seems like the question when recording it was "how do we make this song appeal to the most people?" There's an edginess that's lost on this album. To that end, it doesn't feel as sincere, either.

The vocals are probably the easiest to point to, as what once sounded like heartfelt indie rock now seems like light rock crooning.

I had high hopes for Snow Patrol -- and for this album -- but those hopes weren't realized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love all the songs in this CD
I love all the songs in this CD. I lost my first copy and love getting a second copy to download on my MP3 mplayer so I can hear it everywhere and anywhere
Published 1 month ago by Annar
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD! I enjoy listening to Snow Patrol songs
Excellent DVD! I enjoy listening to Snow Patrol songs!
Published 1 month ago by Smiley
5.0 out of 5 stars Better each time
Certain albums become decidedly less engaging / interesting / enjoyable over time. The listener realizes that they were merely following tropes and trends and feels dumb for ever... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chloe
4.0 out of 5 stars 1 Very Deep Song, That's all.
I have to call this a one hit wonder. I was very hopeful when purchasing the album of finding a treasure of talent and music. Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Just late to the prom I guess.
I just discovered Gary Lightbody in Tired Pony. I have since bought his whole catalog. This is one of the best Snow Patrol albums, but I like 'em all.
Published 4 months ago by Sidney J. Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album and another must for Snow Patrol fans.
Another excellent album by Snow Patrol. I just figured out who these guys were about a year ago when I tracked down the group singing Called Out in the Dark. Read more
Published 5 months ago by GeoEngineer
3.0 out of 5 stars Over all I liked it
My biggest complaint is the poor recording quality. Sound like something one recorded in a garage. I might have been happier just getting the songs I liked.
Published 6 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record. Underrated band.
These guys are underrated if you ask me. The songs mean something and are not overproduced. Got this after my wife died and so many songs bring up emotions. Read more
Published 8 months ago by 1son&2dogs
5.0 out of 5 stars This item was purchased many years ago and want off my screen. Product...
This item was purchased many years ago and want off my screen. Product must have been ok, otherwise I would have given it 1 star. Great product, I think??
Published 8 months ago by Joni
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Great Album, great music, not my favorite, a bit cliche, but I still love listening to their songs. recommend add to any collection.
Published 12 months ago by BD
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