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Final Straw

Snow Patrol

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Reseña de álbum

With Final Straw, Snow Patrol mainman Gary Lightbody seems to take all the inspiration he's gathered from the superstar collaborators in his Reindeer Section project and bundle it into a series of earnest bombastic rock ballads. Producer Garrett Lee deserves credit up-front for expanding the band's sound even further from the lush symphonic grandeur of When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up. Here, Lightbody and his cohorts traverse the same anthemic territory as Idlewild, with guitars cranked to the max. But where his friend Roddy Woomble of Idlewild soars all over the map vocally, Lightbody prefers the immediate and somewhat indifferent vocal style of another friend, Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap. Indeed, much of Final Straw feels like a middle ground between these two bands, if not for the violins, xylophones, and percussion Lee layers into the mix. Thanks to extra ornamentation, "Gleaming Auction" steps into the swirling realm of Rollerskate Skinny, as wobbly dynamics add interest to punishing guitars. If one gets the sense that Lightbody is shuffling through influences, ranging from all of the above-mentioned bands to Radiohead, Coldplay ("Somewhere a Clock Is Ticking" seems to be a more rocking cousin to Coldplay's "Clocks"), and even Pink Floyd (on the unmistakably Dark Side of the Moon-influenced "Same"), his mastery of mood and adherence to harmonies make for a consistently coherent and compelling 40 minutes. Highlights include the throbbing cacophony that is "Wow" and "Spitting Games," which seems like a cascading Wall of Sound feedback-free descendant of My Bloody Valentine. Final Straw is another strong slab of emotion and invigorating energy from a solid band that mixes its influences into an always heady sonic libation.

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Excellent Album

A friend purchased this album for me, burned it to CD and said "You have to listen to this." Having an hour-long commute home, I listened to it and was a fan by the time I got home. The powerful middle-four tracks from Spitting Games through Grazed Knees have more hooks and thoughtful lyrics than some artists can have over a career. I only wish I had been as moved by their previous albums (I bought copies after hearing this), and I applaud them for being as experimental in those first albums as they were. But like with any set of experiments, some of them succeeded, some failed. But you can tell that they learned from those albums, and put it all into this piece of work. Here's hoping the trend continues.

Light up, Light up

Sorry hardcore Indie rockers, but I'm about to make you cringe. I first heard Snow Patrol in 2004 when Spitting Games was featured in a video game. I'd purposefully stall from playing the game so that the song would come up again for me to hear it. I bought the album that weekend, loved it, and then just put it away for a while. Last week, I heard Run featured at the end of the new TV show Jericho. I had forgotten that it was a Snow Patrol song until I researched it, and was delighted to rush downstairs and listen to the CD again. Now it's stuck in my CD player again after two years of hiatus. The point of this rambling is simple: it's literally THAT good. Where two years after an initial purchase, you can rediscover it as if you're hearing it for the first time all over again. When was the last time you had a CD do that to you? Plain and simple, if you've been afraid of Snow Patrol because of their quick mainstream acceptance, you're only hurting yourself because you're missing out on something truly epic here.

can you say 'beautiful'?

this cd is great - snow patrol is very good, and their songs are all great. some of the key tracks are "Run" "Chocolate" "Spitting Games" "Same" and "Grazed knees". a couple songs on this cd are short, but that doesn't mean they aren't great. Check out the cd "songs for polar bears" too.

Biografía

Fecha de formación: Dundee, Scotland, 1994

Género: Alternativa

Años de actividad: '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...
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