Eyes Open

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic 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. Eyes Open dives headfirst into mainstream waters, hoping the strength of its intentions will be visible through the glossy bombast. It is, but it takes some surface-scratching to reach it.
  3. Snow Patrol are poised to eclipse Coldplay as pop's greatest anthem-makers.
  4. Q Magazine
    80
    Snow Patrol are on their way to becoming essential. [May 2006, p.120]
  5. Snow Patrol's hungry rock sound only gets bigger and better this time around.
  6. Los Angeles Times
    75
    With thickly distorted, deeply rumbling guitars blazing, the U.K. band comes roaring out of the gate on its fourth album, intent to hammer home the point there's more to it than the Coldplay-like romanticism of its 2004 breakthrough single, "Run." [16 May 2006]
  7. The band's naked ambition would be offputting if it didn't come wrapped in such resounding choruses.
  8. As enjoyable as anything this calculated can be.
  9. If there is one tiny flaw on this disc, it's the way some of the songs, after teasing us with intensifying waves of sound, tend to drift to an ending prior to attaining their destination.
  10. Eyes Open shows you the elements of a successful record, without the heart that ultimately makes it a success.
  11. If Eyes Open lacks the vivacity of its breakthrough predecessor, it remains an assured example of a band still paying more than lip service to the notion of rock music as a vital pop form.
  12. To sum them up in one word, "reliable" would be the most appropriate.
  13. Eyes Open takes the formula of the last album and magnifies it.
  14. Gone completely is any passing trace of the grubby, US college rock that made them so beloved underground when the real world wasn't taking notice. In its place, is an awful lot of big, blustery ballads.
  15. Big, bold, cleverly-executed, thoroughly hollow stuff.
  16. Blender
    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]
  17. Uncut
    60
    So much of Eyes Open is nearly, but not quite. [Jun 2006, p.114]
  18. Stronger songs could have elevated it past mere prettiness.
  19. Mojo
    60
    Eyes Open hardly furthers Snow Patrol's rote one guitar attack, and repetition exposes Lightbody's interpretations of love's little hiccups as a tiring experience. [Jun 2006, p.108]
  20. Anything that was either subtle or complicated has been erased to provide ready-made heart-on-sleeve love songs.
  21. Snow Patrol suddenly sounds like a cross between Goo Goo Dolls and Train.
  22. 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.
  23. Unfortunately, singer Gary Lightbody can't resist playing it safe. He slides comfortably back into the stadium-size ballads and mushy MOR formulas that scored on their million-seller, Final Straw.
  24. Spin
    40
    Overreaches. [Jul 2006, p.88]
  25. Under The Radar
    40
    Snow Patrol got it all wrong with this album. [Summer 2006, p.93]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Apr 30, 2015
    5
    Probably the best example of an album that starts and finishes strongly, yet dies a painful death in the middle. Openers 'You're All I Have'Probably the best example of an album that starts and finishes strongly, yet dies a painful death in the middle. Openers 'You're All I Have' and 'Hands Open' give them album character, yet this character is quickly blown away by the dull tracks in the middle of the albums such as 'It's Beginning To Get To Me' and 'Make This Go On Forever' that drag on and send you to sleep. The penultimate track 'Open Your Eyes' is the standout track on the album, and gives the album a near-epic finish. In 2006, a very good year for British indie music, 'Eyes Open' was definitely not a stand out album by any means. Full Review »
  2. 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 theThe 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. Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Oct 20, 2009
    10
    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 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. Full Review »