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Final Straw [Extra tracks]

Snow Patrol Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (2 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B0001BH15K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Wow 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gleaming Auction 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Whatever's Left 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Spitting Games 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Chocolate 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Run 5:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Grazed Knees 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ways & Means 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tiny Little Fractures 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Same 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. We Can Run Away Now They're All Dead And Gone (Bonus Track) 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Half The Fun (Bonus Track) 2:530.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

SNOW PATROL Final Straw (2004 issue UK Special Edition 14-track CD album including the singles Run Chocolate Spitting Games & How To Be Dead plus the 2 UK Bonus Recordings We Can Run Away Now Theyre All Dead And Gone & Half The Fun picture sleeve)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word - wow 29 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after seeing Snow Patrol support Athlete. They were awesome live and really got the crowd going, so I thought buying their album seemed like a good thing to do. Good? It's one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life! Looking at these reviews, I can't believe one tone deaf visitor to Amazon rated it with 3 stars and called it "boring". I can only think they got this cd mixed up with something else. This album is full of gems such as 'Run', 'Same' 'Chocolate' and my personal favourite 'Spitting Games'. Enough upbeat tracks to counteract the melancholy ones, but all somehow manage to tug at the heartstrings. A truly magnificent album displaying how indie music should be done. As a student, it cost me a week's worth of food. I'm not complaining, it was worth starving myself for! Just buy it and then go see them live (they're playing V and Glastonbury I think, hurray!) You won't be disappointed.*****!
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 3 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
There are many albums you buy on the strength of one single, only to find the rest of the album doesn't match up.
Final Straw is not one of those albums. I bought this on the sheer strength of 'Run' (as many people will), and I'm amazed at the quality of the other 13 songs.
Often, many bands that do great anthemic songs don't do other genres well. Every base is covered here - the absolutely lovely strings on 'Grazed Knees' contrast very well with the rock outs of 'Wow' and 'Gleaming Auction' and the incredible catchy power pop of 'Spitting Games'.
The songs are heavily electric guitar based, but there are some unusual twists - the electronic beeps and clicks on 'Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking' adds freshness and isn't too Radiohead.
As for the lyrics and the vocals - both suit the style of the music perfectly.
I've heard comparisons with Coldplay, which although a definite complement, isn't very imaginative. Snow Patrol have realised an album which standouts on it's own merits.
I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indie is back! 7 Mar 2004
By DT
Format:Audio CD
Snow Patrol are without doubt 2004's success story!After being hyped up with their first album 'songs for polar bears', they seemed to have faded off into obscurity due to lack of promotion, interest despite a critically acclaimed follow up 'when its all.....'!but now they are back, in the form of a reissue of their third album 'final straw' and its finally getting them the recognition they deserve!
Often when a band has a popular single (in this case 'run'), people are often disappointed by the rest of the album, I can safely say this is not the case. True the strong point of the album is probably the three singles ('spitting games', 'chocolate' and 'run') bunched together mid-album but there are many other great tracks too. 'how to be dead' is my highlight, closely followed by 'ways and means'.
Definately one of the albums of the year and fully deserved. Contributing to a chart revival alongside bands such as keane and franz ferdinand. Roll on album number four!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whats not to love?? 19 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
I always do this. I buy an album on impulse having only ever heard one track from the record. Have to say though - 4 out of 5 times i get it right and I was so right with this one. I based my judgement purely on "Run" - the only track that most people who don't own the album know - and the rest of the album definitely doesn't let you down.
I've listened to it 3 times all the way through and it already feels like I've owned it a lifetime. A good place to be with any record i think.
Other impulse buy albums that I've had for months, years even, i still haven't bothered to listen to them all the way through because the first half was so awful.
"spitting games" is amongst one of my favourites on the album, along with "Somewhere a clock is ticking" and of course "Run", to name a few. If you're the kind that believes that "Run" was boring, then i wouldn't recommend this album for you, as that is their style and there is a thread of that throughout the album, with different slants, different sounds and different tempos. If, however, you love "Run" then i suggest you buy this record sharpish. Enjoy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars album of the year 10 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
We've been left waiting a while now for Snow Patrols third album.Boy,though,do you forget that upon hearing their offering.Since the last outing, 'When its all over we still have to clear up',they've got themselves a new record company,a new guitarist and a whole new energy.
Final Straw is an album which encapsulates the Snow Patrol trademark of snappy rock songs with beautiful melodies.Lightbodys lyrics are wonderfully written and his voice as ever,completely charming.
With the twelve songs on the album,i am positive there be something for everyone.From the crunching guitars on Whatevers Left,Summer Bop of Spitting Games to the bewitching sound of Run,you're in for a real treat.
Final Starw is an album which completely captivates you,i predict this as album of the year!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Come on it's not that bad! 8 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
Was shocked to see so many people trashing this album! I really liked it. However I do think you have to get into it. I bought it because it won so many awards and stuff, I loved, 'Chocolate', 'Run' and 'Spitting Games' and one of my mates bought it and said that he loved it. The first time I played it I was well disappointed, I thought the tracks all blended into one and were generally depressing. However after listening to it a few more times it has grown on me and the songs have become more memorable. I think if you take the time to appreciate it, it's well worth it. If you are a fan of slightly dismal (I mean that in the nicest possible way)indie type stuff then definately get it but even if you generally like stuff a bit more upbeat like I do it's still a quality album. Plus the lyrics are very good and it is clear they haven't just come up with a class tune and slapped any old crap over the top. The guitar playing is also excellent and Gary Lightbody's singing is fairly unique. To sum up, buy it if you can be bothered to listen to it enough times to get to like it - about 4 in my case.
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