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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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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.
they have a unique sound like some of my favorite bands "THE CURE" and "JAMES". bands that do something there own way which is great.
anyway i was watching, quite resently. "DOCTOR WHO-CONFIDENTIAL #13 for SERIES ONE. during the last 5 minutes of the program they played a song with clips from the series leading up to the regeneration of "the Doctor".
in the back ground a song was playing, "SNOW PATROL- RUN" it's a great song. i got online ordered the cd (used)and if your even a little bit of an alternative rock fan you might check this one out.
it's a little different but different in a good way. the whole cd rocks. apparently they have been around for awhile because they have at least a half dozen cd's out.
i'd have to say i've been missing out. they are good... i don't normally write a review unless it's something i really like. mostly also i write a review when something hasn't been written about it before.
i see this one has several, but i thought i'd share how i came across hearing this band. probally an unusual way to hear about a band. i've been an alternative rock fan for years and not just british bands... from anywhere.
this one definitely deserves a listen... "FINAL STRAW" is my favorite cd i have bought recently. enjoy
I bought Eyes Wide Open first and loved it so much that a month later I bought Final Straw. While this CD is not as good as Eyes Open, it's still a pretty damn good CD! I think in this CD they may have sort of been honing their skills and finding their nitch, style. But with a talented lead singer and musicians, and great songs...you can't go wrong. I think in part what makes Snow Patrol songs so likeable, are the lyrics and that many of the songs are relatable. Some of my favorites are: How to be Dead, Chocolate, Wow, Spitting Games and Grazed Knees.
If you like alternative rock, alternative or indie, I'd highly recommend Snow Patrol. You might want to start with Eyes Open though if you don't already have it. Thank god for new, youthful, unique bands, this is like a breath of fresh air!!
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