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Eyes Open (Deluxe Edition)

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Album Review

The anthemic indie rock sound of Snow Patrol provides a bit of hope and promise among the many acts attempting to fit into a certain genre or scene. Snow Patrol belongs to their own scene, and their third album, 2004's Final Straw, proved that with several global hit singles such as "Run," "Chocolate," "How to Be Dead," and the reissue of "Spitting Games." British fans once more proclaimed their beloved Snow Patrol as a true rock & roll band while American audiences finally took notice of the Scottish collective. The band's fourth album, Eyes Open, doesn't fall short from where they left off; in fact, Snow Patrol's hungry rock sound only gets bigger and better this time around. All guitar hooks and singalong choruses are firmly in place, and Gary Lightbody is an underrated frontman. On Eyes Open, he once again writes songs that are from the heart and true to self-reflection without getting too sappy and too overjoyed. From the playful name-dropping of Sufjan Stevens on "Hands Open" to their passionate delivery on "It's Beginning to Get to Me" and "Shut Your Eyes," Snow Patrol's approach is epic. They are the kind of band that embraces simplicity as beautiful and human flaws as art. The lullaby-like "You Could Be Happy" and the passionate buildup of "Make This Go on Forever" are evident of that. This 11-song set is a masterpiece, so keep your ears and eyes open for Snow Patrol. They're onto something big.

Customer Reviews

Missing Deluxe

I really like this CD and the extra track that it came with from Gary Lightbody, but I think that it doesn't make sense that the bonus track on the regular album (Warmer Climate) is not included in the deluxe edition. So it actually makes more sense to buy the regular version, and then get the Lightbody song separately. Then you get all of the songs (bonus and Lightbody) and still pay the same as the Deluxe version.

Not Much Different, but that's ok!

This CD is nothing to go ga-ga about for extra content, but the new songs are nice. Everyone loves Snow Patrol, and this is there best CD yet. If you haven't gotten "Eyes Open" yet, you might as well get the Deluxe edition, as they cost the same. Good songs are "Hands Open", "Chasing Cars", "Headlights On Dark Roads", and "Open Your Eyes".

Snow Patrol - again proved to be one of the best...

Very deep, sweet and amazing songs... Totally worth the money!


Formed: 1994 in Dundee, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After failing to secure an international audience for nearly ten years, Snow Patrol broke into the mainstream with 2003's Final Straw, a mega-selling album that showcased the band's fondness for epic, melancholic rock. The group had originally stuck closer to the pop realm, releasing quirky albums that took more cues from Belle & Sebastian than Coldplay (to whom the band would later draw many comparisons). Final Straw proved to be a turning point, however, paving the way for the success of 2006's...
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