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Snow Patrol – EYES OPEN – Fiction

Eyes openI wasn’t sure what to expect when I got this album. I had previously enjoyed listening to the odd single before, and I enjoyed listening to You’re All I Have every time it was played on the radio. The first two tracks, You’re All I Have and Hands Open, are a really good start to the album, but I’m not sure I’d put them in this order myself. Inevitably, there are the mis-steps. The glockenspiels that underpin You Could Be Happy are painfully twee, not charming. And on Headlights On Dark Roads, Snow Patrol may dress themselves in Cure bass lines and Pixies guitars, but can?t disguise the wet melody hiding underneath. Still, if there is nothing on here as seductive as How To Be Dead, neither is there anything as atrocious and obvious as Run, for which we should be thankful.

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