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It's a long straw, too...,
This review is from: Final Straw (Audio CD)Belle and Sebastien understudies turned Idlewild-style rockers, Snow Patrol have finally achieved their long overdue commercial success with this, their third album. I would suspect that most people buying this are doing so thanks to the single Run, which is currently taking over the airwaves. If you liked that song, then the album won't disappoint; it's full of the fuzzed up guitars, violins, and The Bends era Radiohead lyrics that made the single irrisistible. Indeed, there's no bad song on here; "Grazed Knees" opens up like a crystal flower, and "Gleaming Auction" rocks out most satisfactorily. Whilst Gary Lightbody can write wrist-slitter anthems in his sleep, he can also be quite amusingly arch. "What do you mean I don't love you?" he murmurs on the Beach Boy aping "Tiny Little Fractures". "I'm standing here aren't I?"
However, Final Straw is far too long. Two "bonus" tracks have been added, as a sheepish gesture for rereleasing, but they're deeply uninteresting. As said, none of the other tracks are bad, but there's too much of the same good-but-not-great wall of guitar noise. "Somewhere a Clock Is Ticking" and "How To Be Dead" stand out because the band supplement the power chords with something a bit different in each.
Still, too much of something good is definitely favourable to too little of something mediocre. A refreshingly chilly album by a band who may yet become something really special.