Snow Patrol – Eyes Open

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol recently released their new album, “Eyes Open” to the world and I picked it up because I liked their last album quite a bit. I think it’s pretty good, but a lot of the songs sound the same. Snow Patrol is really good at playing straight eighth-note down stroke chords on the guitar (i.e. dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-da-daaaa!), and I think they do it a little too much. A little variety in the guitar playing wouldn’t hurt them at all. But they’re great at their style, and overall the record is a joy to hear except a strange song called “Set the Fire to the Third Bar” which includes a guest singer named Martha Mainwright. My favorite track on the album is called “It’s Beginning to Get to Me”, a rockin’ tune with some soaring guitar lixx. Can’t go wrong with that!

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I was a really big fan of their last album, but I have to agree with you on this one. The songs I’ve heard all sound the same and just don’t have that kick and originality that they’re last one did. I keep hoping that someone will say something awesome about the album to convince me to get it, but alas…Bummer…

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Snow Patrol is playing a free show June 15th (I think) at Easy Street Records. You should come with me.

Also, this Saturday, Nada Surf are playing for free at Sonic Boom Records at 2ish. If you ask me, they are 3 times better than Snow Patrol. Maybe even 4. I’m trying to get a group together to go that (but I have maybe two friends…).

Let me know if you wanna go.

kennycoble@excite.com

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