Eyes Open - Snow Patrol
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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. [Anonymous]
    Oct 20, 2009
    This has got to be one of my favorite albums of all time. It's true that the beats might sound similar but its the lyrics that really make it stand out. Also Lightbody's voice is truly mesmerizing. Expand
  2. bruceb
    Apr 13, 2007
    this has to be the BEST and most awesome album ever made (and i don't just mean by snow patrol!) Buy it you wont regret it ever....
  3. Joris
    Feb 25, 2007
    A welcome surprise. If you take out uninspired song like Chasing Cars and You're All I have (which aren't very bad but of which I really don't get the point of becoming (hit)singles, I always thought it were mere dull cliché filler tracks, but then again thats' me vs the mainstream taste I suppose) you end up with a magnificent collection contaning the following outstanding songs: HEADLIGHTS ON DARK ROADS (great guitar riff), SET THE FIRE TO THE THIRD BAR, HANDS OPEN, OPEN YOUR EYES and the Brian Eno-esque ambient trip THE FINISH LINE. Beautiful. Expand
  4. BrandonM
    May 10, 2006
    I too was somewhat unnerved by all of the
  5. AlexandrosV
    Sep 27, 2006
    Well i think that a 65 metascore is a little unfair the album has a great deal of very nice songs like: Set The Fire To The Third Bar i believe is the best song of the album,most songs are way above average and a 65 metascore as i said above is unfair. Expand
  6. KrisS
    Jul 12, 2006
    There are some good songs on this album, but they definitely took a step back. After sitting down and listening a couple of times, it felt like they were more focused on releasing an album, then releasing a "good" album. There is so much potential sitting in these tracks that with a few more sessions could have turned around this album. In likelyhood it could have been on par with Final Straw, but instead it gets left behind. Expand
  7. Ninja
    May 15, 2006
    This album is pathetically bland. If you're going to resort to lame lyrics at least have memorable riffs/beats.. this has neither.

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