RUTH DENNEHY has spent the last few months listening to Snow Patrol. Find out why:
Snow Patrol, Celtic legends, whatever you want to call them, they’re amazing. So amazing in fact, I’ve been listening to them on repeat for the last 2 months and still not sick of them. Which is hard for me because I listen to music practically 24/7.
The lead singer Gary Lightbody is a super smart Northern Irish/Scottish dude who considers himself “rubbish with women”. His honesty and humility is a pleasant change from the typical egotistic twats who think they’re the bee’s knees. It’s also rather funny considering the fact that he’s written several romantic songs.
I would give tidbits on the other members but there are five current members, three former members, and five touring members so this would just turn into a biography about their lives, and nothing about their music. If you’re about that life, Wikipedia is your friend.
Their albums go through various genres. Provided you like the more indie or alt side of rock, you’re gonna love them too.
Songs for Polarbears: Indie Rock 1998.
Favourites: ‘Days Without Paracetamol’, ‘Holy Cow’, ‘Make Up’, and ‘Raze the City’
Best titled: ‘Get Balsamic Vinegar…. Quick You Fool’
It’s not my favourite album, a lot slower and more indie than I like, but it’s still pretty good. The track names are rather quirky and I love them.
When It’s All Over We Still Have to Clear Up: Indie Rock 2000
Favourites: ‘Making Enemies’ and ‘Last Ever Lone Gunman’
Best titled: ‘Chased by… I Don’t Know What’ or ‘An Olive Grove Facing the Sea’. The start of ‘Making Enemies’ is reversed audio and it sounds super weird. Cool. But weird. ‘If I’d Found The Right Words To Say’ is way too slow and indie for my likings 🙁
Final Straw: Alt-rock, Indie-rock, Power Pop, Post-Britpop 2004
Favourites: ‘Run’, ‘How to be Dead’
Best titled: ‘How to be dead’, ‘We Can Run Away Now They’re All Dead and Gone’, ‘Chocolate’
This is where the Snow Patrol I love started to emerge. As much as I love indie, the alt side of them is a definite favourite. Sadly, ‘Chocolate’ is not a song about Lightbody’s love for the sweet, but rather about someone leaving a relationship after being sick off all the other person’s ‘sweet talk’ so to speak (and the lyrics are also the source of the album’s name).
Eyes Open: Alt-Rock, Power Pop 2006
Favourites: ‘Open Your Eyes’, ‘Chasing Cars’, ‘You Could Be Happy’
Best titled: ‘Set the Fire to the Third Bar’
Even if you haven’t actively listened to Snow Patrol before, chances are you know ‘Chasing Cars’. Also, I love how they tell listeners to ‘Shut Your Eyes’ and then ‘Open Your Eyes’. It like thanks guys, now I know how to blink. ‘You Could Be Happy’ is a fairly solemn song in comparison to the others on the album but, it’s awesome to listen to while you be over dramatic, pretend to be in a music video and watch the rain fall on your window.
A Hundred Million Suns: Alt-Rock, Power Pop 2008
Favourites: ‘Crack the Shutters’, ‘If There’s a Rocket Tie Me to It’, ‘Engines’, ‘Disaster Button’, ‘Take Back The City’
Best titled: ‘If There’s a Rocket Tie Me to It’I haven’t really listened to this one as much as ‘Eyes Open’ and ‘Fallen Empires’ but it still pretty dope. I’m loving that the best titled is also the best of the album. Also, sidenote, if you’re not about that swearing life there’s like a single f*** in ‘Disaster Button’. ‘Daybreak’ deserves an honourable mention as a runner up for favourite, it’s pretty good just not as good as the others is all.
Fallen Empires: Alt-rock, Indietronica 2011
Favourites: ‘The Weight of Love’, ‘Fallen Empires’ ‘Called Out in The Dark’, and ‘This Isn’t Everything You Are’
Best titled: ‘Broken Bottles Form a Star (Prelude)’
This is my all time favourite album of theirs. Something about the stronger bass and drum lines as a whole, mixed with the genre shift from their past work is just incredible. The intro for ‘Fallen Empires’ is super cool along with Lightbody’s vocals. The vibe of ‘The Weight of Love’ is dope as heck, and a great song to walk about the city to. ‘Called Out in The Dark’ is a little slower than those two, and ‘This Isn’t Everything You Are’ is a great song to listen to on the train.
I think it’s pretty clear that personally, I don’t really listen to their first two albums. It’s not that they’re not good, it’s just I prefer the more alternative side of rock rather than indie.
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