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Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Stars

2008-12-23 14:33
A Hundred Million Suns
Earlier this year fellow Brit rockers Coldplay proved that they could deviate from their well known formula, but unfortunately A Hundred Million Stars is not Snow Patrol’s Viva la Vida.

A Hundred Million Stars is by no means a bad album. Snow Patrol never disappoints with their easy listening soft rock tunes and carefully composed lyrics. They also continue their fondness for somewhat quirky lyrics. "If There's a Rocket Tie Me To it" boasts this lyrical gem: "I found a hair the length of yours on my sleeve/ I wound it round and round my finger so tight/ It turned to purple and a pulse formed inside".

Despite the quieter melancholy tunes, songs like "Take back this City" and "Please Just Take These Photos from My Hands" have a rock edge (okay, 'chick rock'). "Crack the Shutters" is another quintessential broody Snow Patrol song. This album’s version of "Chasing Cars", it is sure to get a few lads laid.

And then there's the last track, "The Lightning Strike" which is sixteen minutes long and comprised of three separate parts. Despite the choir and the various brass instruments you're left thinking: 'what were they trying to do?' Well, the song could be an indication that Snow Patrol is looking to experiment, but they're not yet willing to risk a whole album.

All of which suggest that this album deserves to be listened to more than once. While established Snow Patrol fans will immediately enjoy it, new listeners might take some time to discover any highlights.

When established bands like Snow Patrol release a new album, the critics are always looking to see whether they managed to come up with something different, or simply stuck to the familiar Brit pop blueprint.

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