Itâ€™s hard to listen to a Snow Patrol record nowadays and think of anything but the weepy, melodrama Greyâ€™s Anatomy. The show may have added a few hundred thousand members to their fan club, thanks to heavy air play, but has pretty much cemented the bandâ€™s rep as being lightweight ear candy for those who get their music recommendations strictly from TV commercials â€“ justified or not. There are a few standout tracks on A Hundred Million Suns, the bandâ€™s fifth album, specifically the first single â€œTake Back the Cityâ€ and the record opener â€œIf Thereâ€™s a Rocket Tie it to Me,â€ but half way into release, a severe case of dÃ©jÃ vu starts to build in.
Itâ€™s easy to categorize Snow Patrol as just another foppish, piano-heavy Brit pop band in the same vein as Keane, Travis and Coldplay, but they have proven in the past, most notably with 2004â€™s brilliant-from-start-to-finish Final Straw, that they can write stellar songs. Unfortunately, with A Hundred Million Suns, they tend to keep that brilliance under wraps for most of the record.
Top Tracks: Take Back the City, If Thereâ€™s a Rocket Tie it to Me/Engines
Snow Patrol â€“ A Hundred Million Suns (CD) / 2008 Geffen /11 tracks
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