Eyes Open - Snow Patrol
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

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  • Summary: Martha Wainwright and Ken Stringfellow are among the guests on Gary Lightbody's fourth Snow Patrol album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Eyes Open is composed of broad, obvious songs with broad, obvious hooks, aimed straight for the hearts of as many people as the band can manage. All of this would be bad, horrible even, if it didn't work. But it does.
  2. Snow Patrol are on their way to becoming essential. [May 2006, p.120]
  3. The band's naked ambition would be offputting if it didn't come wrapped in such resounding choruses.
  4. Big, bold, cleverly-executed, thoroughly hollow stuff.
  5. To sum them up in one word, "reliable" would be the most appropriate.
  6. 60
    Over 45 minutes, it feels monotonous and preposterously self-pitying, but in controlled doses, it bests all the rest of the U.K.'s current wave of post-Coldplay bedwetters. [Jun 2006, p.145]
  7. Eyes Open is far from a horrible album. It’s easy to listen to, it’s melodic, and it’s well-read. But you’re a strong (or naïve) listener if you can get past the calculation, the number-crunching, the crassness with which Lightbody has taken aim at the MySpace demographic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 43
  2. Negative: 2 out of 43
  1. May 24, 2012
    8
    The follow up to their breakthrough record Final Straw has a bulkier sound and marks a progression from Indie Rock band to Stadium (or at the very least large Arena) Rock. I believe it was recorded after the band did a bit of touring with U2 and you can tell they were taking notes at the side of the stage. Like many U2 albums, Eyes Open is undeniably a good record with lots of strong tracks but what I find with this (again like many U2 albums) is that it's not a record I find myself going back to very often. It's music made for mass consumption that can be enjoyed instantly rather than music that you keep finding new layers of beauty in years after first hearing it. Expand

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