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Fallen Empires

Snow Patrol Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fiction
  • ASIN: B005NGYQTM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'll Never Let Go
2. Called Out In The Dark
3. The Weight Of Love
4. This Isn't Everything You Are
5. The Garden Rules
6. Fallen Empires
7. Berlin
8. Lifening
9. New York
10. In The End
11. Those Distant Bells
12. The Symphony
13. The President
14. Broken Bottles Form A Star

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Fallen Empires is the sixth studio album from Snow Patrol, a band who have sold over 11 million albums and been responsible for some of the most instantly recognisable songs in the past decade, including "Run", "Chocolate" and "Chasing Cars". Former albums have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, Grammys and MTV Europe Music Awards, with Final Straw landing the band an Ivor Novello Award in 2005.

The album was recorded in the iconic The Joshua Tree National Park in south-eastern California. In October 2010, the band drove out into the desert with their guitars and one or two rough song ideas. A week later, their writing session at Rancho De La Luna Studios had laid the foundations of the tracks that would comprise Fallen Empires. Over several months, the five piece--singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, drummer Jonny Quinn and keyboardist, Tom Simpson--began a musical road trip around California. They recorded tracks at Eagles Watch, a topsy turvy house in Santa Monica with widescreen windows and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Backing vocals were drawn from the LA Inner City Mass Gospel Choir in Compton, south central LA. Later, tracks were mixed at the studio owned by longterm collaborator, Garret "Jacknife" Lee--a hacienda tucked away in Topanga Canyon, the one time hippy commune and former home to Neil Young and Woody Guthrie.

Along the way, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, US singer Lissie and Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist, Troy Van Leeuwen all popped by to lend a guitar part here, a lyric idea there. Meanwhile, Snow Patrol's new adventures seeped into every note on Fallen Empires. The result is an album that promises to redefine the band as an altogether more ambitious, more expansive, creative force.

BBC Review

Snow Patrol’s sixth studio album is billed as a change in direction – but don’t get flustered. While Fallen Empires contains a few new musical tricks, it would be an exaggeration to label this a revolution in sound.

Snow Patrol are often mentioned in the same breath as Coldplay, and it’s not surprising: both bands grew up with U2 dominating their horizons, and both have been inspired by their gutsy, catchy pop. Fallen Empires betrays this love of U2, and in particular their 1991 LP Achtung Baby: in come synths, thrusting bass lines and a hint of electronica. The opening pair of songs here – I’ll Never Let Go and Called Out in the Dark – wear this influence on their sleeves readily.

The trouble is that these two songs are flimsy at best. Called Out in the Dark is the lead single, yet is a pure mistake of style over substance: a song that has the traditional Snow Patrol shape, dominated by Gary Lightbody’s vocal, but where the guitars have been binned just for the sake of it, just to try something ‘new’. It sounds too try-hard and trite.

Get these cuts out of the way, though, and Fallen Empires settles down and improves. Yes, the title-track is pure Bono and company, but now there is passion and conviction in the delivery, Snow Patrol allowing a propulsive rhythm to burgeon and turn threatening. The piano-led ballads arrive, and the band relaxes: this is their forte. This Isn’t Everything You Are, The Garden Rules and Those Distant Bells are indisputably great pop songs, full of sparkle and warmth.

Best of all, however, are the moments when Snow Patrol blend the two approaches together, combining their own aesthetic with an Achtung Baby adoration. New York and In the End are the massive, sweeping songs that form the heart of Fallen Empires. These are the songs you can envision in the stadiums; the songs that show Snow Patrol could just as easily be as big as Coldplay and, yes, U2. It’s here where Fallen Empires nails it, and where their fans will start drooling. --Mike Haydock

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Wow. If you have a choice get this CD+DVD combination! ... and for 2---3 more than the vanilla CD it's a bargain. In fact on it's own it would be worth the purchase... if it was available on it's own!
Unlike most combinations the DVD is unrelated to the present album. Instead it is about 65minute highlight (the best songs) from the ReWorked tour. It was filmed at arguably the best acoustically and visually concert venue in London - the Royal Albert Hall in late 2009. For those who weren't there / haven't heard or seen it it features songs from the previous 6 albums reworked acoustically and featuring classic instruments - including (and the reason for the RAH venue recording) the enormous (and I mean enormous) organ (about 5x10metres at the back of the RAH)... the audio of which is used on Dark Roman Wine and the sound (I was there) shakes you to your core! Impressive stuff! A few songs (Run) don't work in that maybe you miss the version you know and love - but 7 out of the 11 or so tracks are amazing with Chasing Cars getting an amazing reworking that'll leave you singing along (in your head at least) and toe-tapping away!
Audio is uncompressed stereo or a nice 5.1 mix!
Possibly the only unfortunate thing is that this was never released on it's own as I'm sure the whole gig would have been filmed! The full set runs nearly 2h30mins and contains 26 tracks!).
It's also a peeve of mine that they again only included a few tracks on the previous concert (Take Back the City) on the Up To Now DVD! Why not a full live concert DVD. Surely a band that have sold nearly 10 million albums have enough fans to have a concert DVD that's more recent than 2005 (before the big hits of Run, Chasing Cars and others!
Anyway, the CD, othere'll review it better than me so all I'll say is Mr Lightbody is an amazing song writer so it'd get several stars if he was reading the lyrics :)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This album is getting some surprisingly mixed reviews here which is a shame. I am not the biggest SP fan, BUT this album does feel like they were on a roll when writing and recording it. I even think this could be their 'Sargeant Pepper' moment - it's that consistently strong if a little dark and gloomy at times. Tracks like 'This isn't everything you are', 'Fallen Empires', 'New York' and 'Called out in the dark' are both anthemic and somewhat menacing. Snow Patrol are almost becoming the thinking man's Colplay, but still seem to play second fiddle to them.

However, compared with Coldplay's somewhat overproduced Mylo album, this album is rich in texture and style. 'Fallen Empires' for example is like being hit between the eyeballs with something heavy - it's just very powerful stuff. Is there a 'Chasing Cars' on here? Well no, but there are plenty of close to moments when you feel Gary Lightbody is a fine songwriter and lyricist. 'New York', for example, contains a load of great lyrics about loneliness ... 'if you were here instead of...'.

So, it's definitely not an album to get out at a party but then we have plenty of stuff like that around. This is more deep and meaningful and very welcome for that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 22 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although it has a sadder tone to previous albums, it still manages to pack a punch. The choruses are very catchy and his lyrics are as always, very good. "This Isn't Everything You Are" is a standout track, but the others are very close by, "Garden Rules" and "In the End" are personal favorites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dvd is worth buying! 2 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
When i was buying this album i wasn't sure wther to go for the cd/dvd combo or just the cd, i'm so glad i went for the combo. While the cd is perhaps not their best, the dvd is amazing! Some of their songs are even better reworked. It's a shame they haven't released the whole concert on cd or dvd as i'm sure there are other songs which are also brilliant reworked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Empires 21 Dec 2011
Format:MP3 Download
I was a bit unsure of it after the first listen. After settling into it, love it.
Another great effort from Snow Patrol
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snow Patrol! They never disapoint. 16 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
A sublime example of music at its best. The music is heart wrenchingly beautiful. The lyrics are so heartfelt as if they are coming from my own mind. Listening to this album was like having a soulmate who understans. Every song is a new treasure. Surely, they can not get any better than this! If they do, then what else one can ask? Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album 16 Dec 2011
By Triona
Format:Audio CD
Def buy for 2011 - cant wait for 2012 tour. Some awesome tracks and a really good vibe for in the car!! Another awesome album by Snow Patrol
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but wonderful 13 Dec 2011
By Isobel
Format:Audio CD
This is different and some tracks need a few plays but
then its in your head and very difficult to get out.Wonderful
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5.0 out of 5 stars crest fallen
great album from a great band or so my kids tell me and thats who it was bought for and if there happy then so am i
Published 1 month ago by tiddleypips
5.0 out of 5 stars .
This is a great product, arrived promptly as stated, it is of good quality and would definitely recommend this item!
Published 3 months ago by Audrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant tracks
Kept me sane on second leg of trip back from Oz when travelling alone and with an annoying individual next to me . Not a bad track on it and just had to buy it on return
Published 3 months ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Snowpatrol
Cant wait for the next album - they are brilliant at writing and performing songs and the album can be played over and over again.
Published 5 months ago by Jacqueline Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars nice :)
another great album from irish/Scottish band great anthem song's delivery and price spot on bought as xmas gift quality :)
Published 6 months ago by thomas english
5.0 out of 5 stars fab!
Fantastic album - their best yet, better than eyes open. It has some funky upbeat tunes as well as their more well known ballad types. If you like snow patro, you'll love this
Published 9 months ago by S. L. Mccormick
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
I just love the songs on the Fallen Empires album, I think it is one of my favourite Snow Patrol albums
Published 9 months ago by C J Laing
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked
Excellant album well worth the money so wicked tunes didnt really here much of them until now and wanted the albulm straight away speedy service and well worth listerning to
Published 9 months ago by Kerry westham
4.0 out of 5 stars A sound that captivates
I first heard Snow Patrol at the G8 live concert on TV. For whatever reason the lyrics and music fits my taste and I just enjoy the band. Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Earl Of Kimberley
3.0 out of 5 stars Value for money
Good but not there best! Certain tracks we like but would not recomend to my friends, not a disaster though especially for the cost.
Published 12 months ago by Terry Hopkinson
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