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Gary Lightbody, not to be confused with Gordon Lightfoot, writes with a modern, but pleasant charm with each track as showcased in "If There's A Rocket, Tie Me To It," "Crack The Shutters," and "The Planets Bend Between Us." And while the band does have one of its more sleepier moments in "Set Down Your Glass," they still know how to rock. The first single, "Take Back The City" never fails to satisfy, delivering on the verses, and bringing their A-Game on the chorus. It's catchy and fun, only overshadowed by the album's highlight "Please Take These Photos."
In fact, the only major misstep is the aptly titled "Disaster Button." Maybe it's the out-of-place lyrics, or the tiring music, but the song just seemed to rub me the wrong way. The very definition of an epic song, "The Lightning Strike," which clocks in at 16 minutes, also misses its mark, at least until the `Daybreak' segment. Another critique you could give the album is that it is highly unoriginal. So much in fact, it's been done before by the band, take it or leave it at that. I was also completely perplexed at the strange "The Golden Floor," which sounded rather like a poor excuse for Radiohead-lite.
"A Hundred Million Suns" doesn't set out to drastically reinvent the band, as their contemporaries Keane and Coldplay have done.Read more ›
1. If There's a Rocket Tie Me To It
Good opener. Has a Coldplay feel in certain spots.
2. Crack the Shutters
Excellent. This song is everything I love about Snow Patrol. May be my favorite song on this album.
3. Take Back the City
Really catchy. The first single released, has been available for a while. Try to listen to it without singing "OoohAoohAoooh".
Folksy guitar pulls you in.
5. The Golden Floor
Catchy rhythm. Builds nicely but never really goes anywhere.
6. Please Just Take These Photos From My Hands
Typical Snow Patrol song name. Great song. Most upbeat one on the album.
7. Set Down Your Glass
Acoustic. Lovely song.
8. The Planets Bend Between Us
I may have spoken too soon. This might be my favorite now. Most likely to be used in a tv show.
The ooos are back. They get old pretty quick this time.
10. Disaster Button
The "explicit" one, look out. 1 F-bomb. Sounds a lot like track 3.
11. The Lightning Strike
Features more instrumentation than any other SP song I've ever heard. Brass, strings, piano, numerous drums, choir voices. If I didn't know better I'd say this was for a movie score. Finishes the album strong after two so-so songs. Instruments sound like rain. Seems to be a medley of sorts as the song changes significantly several times.
*song reviews are initial thoughts as I listened through the album the first time.
But it's the music (and vocals) that take center stage here. "Suns" takes you to a beautiful, exciting, sonic wonderland. The recording and production quality is superb. The overall atmosphere created is peaceful and relaxing...yet brilliant and vivacious at the same time.
Disregard any comparisons to Coldplay...this is more in line with Copeland's "You Are My Sunshine", another great album. It's tough to single out individual songs as 'the best'...every one one flows together to form a harmonious relationship...in other words, they all 'fit' perfectly on the record.
I don't quite understand some of the less-than-stellar reviews I had read before this was released...to me, this is about as good as it gets for Snow Patrol. Enjoy.
I've been listening to SP since the beginning - from the Polar Bear days - and have thoroughly enjoyed listening to them "grow up" - musically, vocally and lyrically over that time. I absolutely loved Eyes Open and Final Straw - but A Hundred Million Suns has me begging for more and being impatient for what SP can produce next time around. The lyrics, music and Gary's fantastically growing vocal capabilities, leaves me aching to hear more. Personally think Crack the Shutters is THE song on this album, followed pretty closely by Please Just Take These Photos From My Hands and The Lightning Strike. Heard/watched them perform most of this album live in Sydney, and it's as good live as on the album ... played with same perfection as their Eyes Open concerts last year. The ultimate professionals, full of so much enthusiasm for what they're doing. If this is the first SP album you ever buy / listen too, and like, make sure you get the two preceding albums. They round out the SP sound.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great CD. The song The Lightning Strike alone is worth the purchase pricePublished on July 10, 2014 by Sam
Not quite the pure pop masterpieces that Final Straw and Eyes Open were, there are still wonderful songs here. Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Daniel W. Bleier
The snow patrol songs on the radio are good. This whole CD is a little too mellow for my taste though. I was hoping it
would rock a little more. Read more