15 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Snow Patrol’s seventh album had a lengthy gestation, for understandable reasons. In the seven years following 2011’s Fallen Empires, frontman Gary Lightbody struggled with alcoholism, depression, and writer’s block. He’s arrived at a better place via psychotherapy, acupuncture, and the unflinching soul-searching that runs through this record. There’s desperation in “What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get?” (“I’m in the ruins too/I know the wreckage so well”) and a heart-stopping vulnerability to “Soon,” an address to his dementia-stricken father. But Wildness marks a path out of, not into, darkness: The new-day optimism of “Heal Me” and “Life and Death” is complemented throughout by a band revitalizing their stadium-ready alt-rock with electronic flourishes and strains of folk and R&B.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Snow Patrol’s seventh album had a lengthy gestation, for understandable reasons. In the seven years following 2011’s Fallen Empires, frontman Gary Lightbody struggled with alcoholism, depression, and writer’s block. He’s arrived at a better place via psychotherapy, acupuncture, and the unflinching soul-searching that runs through this record. There’s desperation in “What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get?” (“I’m in the ruins too/I know the wreckage so well”) and a heart-stopping vulnerability to “Soon,” an address to his dementia-stricken father. But Wildness marks a path out of, not into, darkness: The new-day optimism of “Heal Me” and “Life and Death” is complemented throughout by a band revitalizing their stadium-ready alt-rock with electronic flourishes and strains of folk and R&B.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
129 Ratings
129 Ratings
drockofmusic ,

About time...but?

I hate the F bomb more than anything in music. NOT impressed by taking a beautifully orchestrated song, and putting a word that now strips you from millions of people to hear. How has U2, coldplay, The Killers, and even now Imagine Dragons been able to be so successful? I loved you from the very first Snow Patrol album to The Reindeer Section, but come on? I want to share your music with every age because it deserves to be shared with everyone.

Pharoah2011 ,

Long wait for this?

Terrible first song. I hope the new album is better.
No need to cuss.

Deb Bakes ,

Empress - Just wow

Imagine if the poet Seamus Heaney, Ireland's most innovative poet, had a baby with Beethoven's Ode to Joy. Empress is just that. It is modern and majestic all at once. Jonny Quinn pounding against a wall of sound bigger than any ancient Cathedral can hold. The bridge is unlike anything that I have ever heard, and as if that is not enough, Gary takes this music of the gods and matches it with lyrics that are powerful and infinitely joyful. It will be a hit. "It will. It will."

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