A year or so ago I saw Snow Patrol on SNL and they were pretty good. Now, apparently they have a new album and tour.
However, it was awhile back and I can’t remember if they were more a keyboard-influenced modern rock band such as Coldplay and Keane, or an emo-lite band such as Jimmy Eat World and All-American Rejects. Although I seem to remember them being a bit of both.
So, if you like those sorts of bands, what are they like and do you like them? (FTR, I like Keane and AAR, but not the former bands I mentioned [except A Praise Chorus, natch.)
I picked up the last two albums on Amazon for cheap on a whim, because I’d heard a lot of stuff about them. The second to last album, Final Straw, I thought was much better than Eyes Open, but that’s not saying much. There’s a few interesting musical ideas, but on the whole, they’re pretty bland. Eyes Open is especially blah. After listening to the whole thing, I decided that the lead singer must have made a bet that he could do an entire album by singing less than 4 notes. All in all, I’d give it a pass.
My girlfriend has selected the song “Chasing Cars” (The one they play in Grey’s Anatomy) as her ring tone for me when I call. As cute as that may be, I’ve decided after cuing that song up many, many times to get the right section for a ringtone that Snow Patrol are agents of the great Satan of Boredom. Really, just shockingly bland and uninspired. Maybe that’s why Coldplay is so popular. It really does take a lot of talent to paint a picture using only one color.
Yes, usually cloth-eared. A pejorative term, denoting an individual whose ears don’t work properly due to being stuffed with cloth, and one that I’m probably using unfairly to refer to people who like a good drunken sing and go on endlessly about how “Snow Patrol are magic so they are” without realising that they are utterly pedestrian rip-off bollocks. Hey - they’ve got a Scottish connection (even though the band mostly haven’t) so they must be good! See Deacon Blue and other atrocities, passim.
I know I’ve just come across as a hopeless music snob, but I’ve had to hear a lot of their shit in the past few years due to the rather limited range of jukeboxes here, and I just felt like having a wee vent. Don’t get me started on Oasis…
I thought the album Final Straw was very good. One of the best CD’s I bought all year when it came out. Their new album I don’t like so much, but I’m still a fan so I still listen to it. If you want to give them a chance go for Final Straw. If you like that, work backwards and try Songs for Polar Bears.
The last couple of albums I’ve bought:
The Killers, Hot Fuss
the deftones, (whatever the name of their new album is)
The Postal Service, Give Up
Popa Chubby, Stealing the Devil’s Guitar