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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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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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  4. Shut Your Eyes 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  6. You Could Be Happy 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Make This Go On Forever 5:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Set The Fire To The Third Bar [feat. Martha Wainwright] 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 9, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000F3UADO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Charles B. Miller on 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 By S. Donovan Mullaney on November 30, 2006
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Garland on December 8, 2007
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By North Star on June 18, 2007
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This is my first CD from the Indie Group. Special thanks to Gary Lightbody (born June 15, 1976 in Bangor, Northern Ireland) is an Irish musician, best known as the frontman of the rock band Snow Patrol. ...

Gary and His Band Snow Patrol have been compared to "ColdPlay" but I believe Snow Patrol has better written lyrics!!

The music/lyrics are very Insightful and Refreshing. The Cd "Eyes Open" the Band 4th CD Album has a Nice Beat with Slow Ballads and Punchy songs. This CD "Eyes Open" has a very Balanced set of Tempo sounding songs to listen to from Start to Finish!!

Great Music to Work around the House or Lay back and listen to the Great Lyrics.

The Best Appeal of this Band is that they are not over played on the Radio yet here in the USA. Sometimes when bands get too much exposure it can be bad for the listner.

Everytime I listen to this CD "Eyes Open" I enjoy it more and more. So much, I bought their 3rd CD Album "Final Straw."

Some of my Favorite songs on the CD Chasing Cars, It's Beginning to get to Me, You Could Be Happy, Make this go on Forever, and Open your Eyes to mention a few of the Songs on this CD.

Buy it and you will not be Sorry!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Frederickson on September 30, 2006
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Earlier this year, Ireland's Snow Patrol released their album "Eyes Open" to little American fanfare, but a couple of well written singles off the CD is slowly changing the lack of excitement on this side of the ocean.

British lead single "You're All That I Have" opens the album with an upbeat slice of straight-ahead rock in which lead singer Gary Lightbody affirms the song's titular confession. American first single "Hands Open" is the album highlight, with a driving verse and a truly hypnotic middle eight in which Lightbody engagingly wishes the song's subject to "collapse into me, tired with joy". "Chasing Cars" is another winner, with its remarkably simple arrangement and yearning lyrics, (recently featured in an episode of Grey's Anatomy). "Open Your Eyes" starts off calmly enough, but builds to a highly charged and powerful 6 minute end.

In reality, there are few snoozers on the CD, and those are a couple of ballads in the middle of the disc. The entire album exudes a surprising optimism that loiters in the undercurrent, helping to make this disc a very worthwhile listen.
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