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Songs for Polar Bears [Extra tracks]

Snow Patrol Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Audio CD (23 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Jeepster
  • ASIN: B00001R3EM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,273,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Downhill From Here
2. Starfighter Pilot
3. The Last Shot Ringing In My Ears
4. Absolute Gravity
5. Get Balsamic Vinegar...Quick You Fool
6. Mahogany
7. NYC
8. Little Hide
9. Make Up
10. Velocity Girl
11. Days Without Paracetamol
12. Fifteen Minutes Old
13. Favourite Friend
14. One Hundred Things You Should Have Done In Bed
15. Marketplace
16. I Could Stay Away Forever
17. Sticky Teenage Twin
18. Holy Cow
19. When You're Right You'e Right (Darth Vader Bringing In His Washing Mix)

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85 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rewards the persistent listener 20 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after buying 'Final Straw', the band's third album, which got me into Snow Patrol. I decided I really liked what I was listening to, and so I went and bought the band's other two albums - this being one of them.
At first I was sorely disappointed by this album, because to put it simply, 'Songs for Polarbears' is no 'Final Straw' - not by a long way. This album is not as poppy and so I struggled to like this, even after repeated listens. I gave it time and persisted, and after a month or two I've found myself loving this album to pieces - at present, I'm rating this as their best album.
Gary Lightbody's vocals are as gorgeous as ever throughout this album, and the only set-back I see is that they can be a little difficult to interpret - ie. it's hard to listen out for words that he's singing. Nevertheless this is remedied by the lyrics in the sleeve - which is very useful when you find yourself wanting to sing along to the songs.
The tracks that I have to mention are the single 'One Hundred Things You Should Have Done in Bed' (great tune but too short!), 'NYC' (will probably be the first song you like) and my personal favourite, 'Fifteen Minutes Old', which I can't praise enough.
So if you bought 'Final Straw' or you've heard songs off that album, and you're wondering whether or not to buy this album, I recommend that you do. Don't expect fireworks at first, because you'll feel let down. Give this a chance and I almost guarantee you'll be rewarded for listening.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, worthwhile 5 Jan 2006
By Stu_cj
Format:Audio CD
I've done the same as many others, started at Final Straw and worked backwards. - None will dissapoint. As you would expect this one is a little more rough around the edges but is probably better for it. Recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great album!!!!!!! 4 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I listened to the album 'Final Straw' and liked it a lot and so I listened to their fist album 'Songs For Polar Bears'which was amazing!!! It is very raw,music and a lot less commercial than their latest album.The music and vocals,in this are great.The lyrics included in the sleve are cool, if a little strange!I loved this album when I first heard it and it grows on you too. Some songs are cheerful and catchy, while others are more thoughtful. Definately my favourite band at the moment! - buy it now, it rocks!!!! :-)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love songs that grow slowly on you!!! 6 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought all 3 snow patrol albums in a backward order because the latest one (final straw)I loved it so much i played it to absolute death and so needed to get my teeth in to their past releases. Their second album I played to death as well, so then naturally bought 'Songs for polar bears'. I knew very well on the first listen it would take some time to get used to. I percivered (cant spell that word) and am in love with this. I think its brilliant. Its taken many listens but was certainly worth the wait It took and thats how i like albums. To grow slowly and develope into something great. I dont always pick up the tunes at first listen and have to let them grow. Thats a good way to get your moneys worth, 20 listens of getting used to and a 1000 listens of pure pleasure. I listen to this album on my head phones at the gym to drown out the poppy radio rubbish that drives me away early. A brilliant album by brilliant song writers. Well worth the cash.
PS, I like all the songs on this album as were I like only 85% on final straw!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw Snow Patrol 10 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Snow Patrol, when they were raw.

Granted they hadn't been together too long before they released this, but damn it's good!

If you're looking for a more hard edge, less "neat", more raggedy Snow Patrol with a few less of those slow anthemic songs-than look no further.

Personal favourites include: Starfighter Pilot, and Raze the City.

Go for it, you won't regret it.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a peach 23 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
ok, i'm not much with words but respect must be paid to the brilliance that is snow patrol. such diversity with sounds is unequalled in my collection. every track fits a mood and for every mood there's a track. if you haven't heard any of it, give it a chance and i'm sure you'll agree that there's just one question, why haven't they gone stella yet? as one radio 1 critic said; if we could have any band's baby, these would be our boys. as for being 'a bit overlong' i disagree, i can't get enough. the best i've got, and a peach you should have. jamie.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love em!! 4 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
Having fallen in love with Snow Patrol on my first airing of Final Straw I had to buy the rest of the collection immediately. That was about 8 months ago and I haven't really listened to much else since! Album faves would be Mahogany, Velocity Girl and Fifteen Minutes Old, I like the mellow tracks. To be honest though, there's no track I don't like.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars emotional bliss 11 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
From the instantly recognisable, funky intro into 'Downhill From Here' to the inspired '100 thing you should have done in bed' this album could almost be Gary Lightbody's life-story.the stunningly heart felt 'Mahogany' and the hauntingly beautiful '15 minutes old' showcase the bad sides while songs like 'starfighter pilot' show the good. i would recomend this album simply for mahogany and 15 minutes old-musical brilliance and emotional bliss
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2.0 out of 5 stars I'm no polarbear
Thought I would buy this retrospectively as I had pretty much all their other stuff but it's pretty dull really,start with Final Straw for your collection
Published 9 months ago by paul griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic yet sadly underrated album
So this is a far cry of the Snow Patrol that provided us with the pop-rock anthem of Chasing Cars. If you liked that song then you'll probably be disappointed with Songs For... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars This album Rocks..... from day one !!
Like a lot of folk perhaps, I am listening to this after all the other great Snow Patrol stuff. As someone said in another review it's raw, however its crystal clear honest music... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2011 by C. BERRY
2.0 out of 5 stars Its Snow Patrol Jim, but not as you know them....
Ok so I love Snow Patrols recent stuff so I started getting a back catalogue of their earlier recordings. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Shows the promise of what is yet to come from Snow Patrol, takes a bit of getting into, but well worth the effort.
Published on 18 May 2009 by G. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs for polar bears
This is in my opinion the best Snow Patrol album. It needs about 2 or 3 listens to grow on you, then you will appreciate the beauty of these 14 simple songs. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2008 by Mott
1.0 out of 5 stars Jeepster cash in on their old band
Please, just don't buy this. It really is 'reissue repackage repackage' of the very worst kind. Snow Patrol have gone big and everyone loves them. Read more
Published on 15 May 2006 by Mr. A. D. J. Mcculloch
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