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  • Summary: Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody gathers together fellow band member Iain Archer, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Belle & Sebastian's Richard Colburn, Garret "Jacknife" Lee, and Troy Stewart to record a country-inspired album.
  • Record Label: Mom & Pop Music
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. 80
    The Place We Ran From is bloody and dense and dark, and not in the least like a pastiche. [Aug 2010, p.85]
  2. Tired Pony have given side-bands a good name. [Aug 2010, p.121]
  3. The whole enterprise should strike those who find Snow Patrol just a bit too mainstream nowadays as a step in the right direction--it's unfussy and smaller in scale, but nearly always compelling.
  4. The results of The Place We Ran From are ultimately pretty mixed. To start with the positives, it is a lot of better than expected and there are some genuinely decent pieces of songwriting. However, to enjoy those you have to wade through a thick fog of filler that either doesn't really go anywhere or just doesn't connect.
  5. The slightly more country-rock instrumentation aside, this is still Lightbody in default mode: turning dark or maudlin subjects into epic, yearning anthems that raise hands or mobile phones into the air.
  6. On tracks like "Point Me At Lost Islands," where weather metaphors share equal space with acoustic guitars and fiddle solos, the group manages to shake out the doldrums and hit a genuine stride. But the rest of the album doesn't flow so well, and The Place We Ran From winds up amounting to far less than the sum of its parts.
  7. By and large The Place We Ran From falls well short of the left-of-centre power and eerie intimacy of Lightbody's heroes' music.

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