Fallen Empires

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Jan 10, 2012
    37
    Yet for all the textural variety they provide, those welcome cameos rarely succeed in leavening Lightbody's pervasive gloom.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    10
    Nothing less than the most beautiful album I have ever heard. This maybe me getting obsessed by it, probably, though I'm not really a hugeNothing less than the most beautiful album I have ever heard. This maybe me getting obsessed by it, probably, though I'm not really a huge snow patrol fan. To some, I can see how the album maybe quite cheesy. However, this is my honest review and this is how I feel. No song drifts below 6/10, most are either 8, 9 or 10. Every song I love, from the beautiful majesty and poetic similarities and yet differences of Garden Rules and New York, to the fun poppy single feel of Called out in the dark and In the End, to rising exciting torrents of I'll never let go and Fallen Empires. My personal favourites though are the grand, almost Florence and the Machine in style, The weight of love and the happy, warm, relaxing brew of The symphony. But in general, I adore how the whole album seems to rhyme, the way the lyrics of Empire are weaved really well throughout the album, and just how every song is a blast. So there you go, not the most critically assessed review, just an 18 year old guy's honest opinion. An 18 year old guy, who second favourite album is Neon bible by Arcade fire I may add... Full Review »
  2. Jan 13, 2012
    8
    Lightbody claimed that this album would take Snow Patrol in a new direction; apart from a few samples of electronica, this album is trademarkLightbody claimed that this album would take Snow Patrol in a new direction; apart from a few samples of electronica, this album is trademark Snow Patrol. It features Lightbody's personal and glossy lyrics, typical attempts to draw you in with the Irish croon of his distinctive voice and songs that are written to mean something to anyone. In those ways, the album succeeds; but it is what it is and not anything else. Full Review »
  3. May 22, 2015
    10
    Fallen Empires is yet another great album from Snow Patrol. Suprisingly melancholy, this LP still remains hopeful and warmly personal. LyricsFallen Empires is yet another great album from Snow Patrol. Suprisingly melancholy, this LP still remains hopeful and warmly personal. Lyrics talk about lost love, childhood, family, and home, and the album ends with the great piano track "Broken Bottles Form a Star (Prelude)." The album leaves the listener with a sense of catharsis after Lightbody croons over the highs and lows of love. "Fallen Empires" touches the heart in a way Snow Patrol's previous albums never could. Full Review »