Final Straw - Snow Patrol
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  • Summary: The Scottish band led by Gary Lightbody (also leader of the Reindeer Section) returns with a third LP.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Much of the credit for this catchy set of Britpop goes to the intelligent use of samples. [2 Apr 2004, p.66]
  2. This is certainly my favorite British release of the year.
  3. Snow Patrol's most direct and aggressive album yet, a clear and decisive bid for the kind of wide mainstream appeal enjoyed by the Coldplays of the world.
  4. Final Straw's most straightforward moments carry the bulk of its emotional weight, proving that when delivered with sincerity, even what seems obvious can prove remarkable.
  5. Final Straw is another strong slab of emotion and invigorating energy from a solid band that mixes its influences into an always heady sonic libation.
  6. The pristine quality of Snow Patrol's music and Garret Lee's production, however, belies the rawness of Lightbody's words, and too often, the songs suffer from the contrast.
  7. Final Straw's grand, intricately layered production covers up for how underdeveloped most of its songs are.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. AngelaH
    Jun 11, 2006
  2. DavidA
    Jan 29, 2005
    Who needs still Coldplay and Radiohead when you have them!
  3. Chrystal
    Jun 15, 2005
    Great album. Can they get any better? Final straw has to be one of the best albums ever. Every song is perfect in its own way. All I have to say is that these are very talented singers. Expand
  4. JJJ
    Sep 14, 2004
    This is a gorgeous CD, I just can't stop listening to it. I don't understand the coldplay comparisons though!
  5. StefanH
    Jun 13, 2006
    Well, what a wonderful discovery this was. After being pretty much disappointed by Coldplay
  6. ScottY
    Jul 9, 2005
    Wow! Where has this band been all my life. This is a really solid effort, with a fantastic middle, especially the song Chocolate. I'm going to dig up their other albums based on this one. Expand
  7. AdamX
    Apr 18, 2004
    Poor. It seems Snow Patrol have decided to copy cliched melodies and predictable song structures to appeal to a wider audience... this isn't anything I haven't heard before and been bored of already... eventhough Gary Lightbody's voice remains amazing, i'd much rather stick with their previous albums where they, at least, had some original material Expand

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