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A decent addition to the Snow Patrol catalogue,
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This review is from: A Hundred Million Suns (Audio CD)
Despite the very mixed and predominantly lukewarm reviews (and poor title), this is actually a rather good album which is always going to suffer by comparison following, as it does, two very good and similar-sounding releases. If you enjoyed either (or both) 'Final Straw' or 'Eyes Open' then there is a very good chance you will like 'A Hundred Million Suns'. There is no huge departure from their trademark, well-honed Snow Patrol sound, no massive progression, simply another set of well-written, well-performed songs, although perhaps it could be said this is their most laid-back album yet, overall, and their harder edge seems a mite softer on this release. Other than that, it is business as usual.
Worthy additions to the Snow Patrol catalogue include 'Take Back The City' (the verse of which sounds very much like 'Stranger' from ELO's 1983 album, 'Secret Messages') the energetic 'Please Just Take These Photos From My Hands' and the adventurous final track 'The Lightning Strike', a three-part Snow Patrol epic which is probably the most remarkable song on the album. With each repeat play, this album sounds better and better and its individual charms begins to make their mark, however, with nothing here as immediately striking as 'Chasing Cars', 'Spitting Games' or 'Run' you really do have to give 'A Hundred Million Suns' a fair hearing to get the full benefit of this album - but it is eventually worth the effort.