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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
If Final Straw introduced Snow Patrol to the mainstream and Eyes Open cemented the band's popularity, then A Hundred Million Suns is the group's ultimate bid for stardom, its slick production and sonic uplift designed to maintain Snow Patrol's place in the charts. Like "Chasing Cars," the mega-single from Snow Patrol's previous album, tracks like "Take Back the City" and "If There's a Rocket Tie Me to It" are slyly repetitive -- their hooks are cyclic, each comprising only a handful of notes, and their straightforward familiarity helps maximize the songs' singalong potential. But A Hundred Million Suns also features more curve balls than the band's past catalog, from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
If Final Straw introduced Snow Patrol to the mainstream and Eyes Open cemented the band's popularity, then A Hundred Million Suns is the group's ultimate bid for stardom, its slick production and sonic uplift designed to maintain Snow Patrol's place in the charts. Like "Chasing Cars," the mega-single from Snow Patrol's previous album, tracks like "Take Back the City" and "If There's a Rocket Tie Me to It" are slyly repetitive -- their hooks are cyclic, each comprising only a handful of notes, and their straightforward familiarity helps maximize the songs' singalong potential. But A Hundred Million Suns also features more curve balls than the band's past catalog, from "Lifeboats" (an icy love song with synthesizer glissandos and falsetto harmonies) to "The Golden Floor," whose handclap-and-stomp intro recalls the light hip-hop flavor of OneRepublic's "Apologize." This is where Snow Patrol sound best -- at the intersection between marketable pop
ock and something more challenging, whether it's an unexpected arrangement or an interesting melodic turn. The band's appeal also owes a good deal to Gary Lightbody, who maintains his status as the least famous frontman of a very famous band. He's the boy next door, a musical Everyman who's just as average looking as Chris Martin and only half as desperately self-effacing. Looks may have little to do with an artist's music, but such appearances help ground Snow Patrol's music, even while "Take Back the City" and "Please Take These Photos from My Hands" reach for the same stars that U2 routinely grab. When A Hundred Million Suns focuses on music -- not saccharine radio fodder like "Chasing Cars," but actual music, with twists and turns that haven't been mapped out by generations of likeminded balladeers -- the album warrants Snow Patrol's existing fame, presenting a band that aspires to pop
ock grandeur without developing the accompanying ego.
Rolling Stone - Jody Rosen
The band distinguishes itself from the post-Coldplay pack with a flair for arrangements that almost justifies the grandiosity of 16-minute epics like "The Lightning Strike".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517852624
  • Catalog Number: 001215602
  • Sales rank: 85,803

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Snow Patrol Primary Artist
Dan Jenkins Trombone
John Barclay Trumpet
Guy Barker Trumpet
James Jarvis Choir Director
Colin Sheen Trombone
Stephen Wick Tuba
Kira Doherty Horn
Jim Anderson Tuba
Jacknife Lee Guitar, Keyboards, Glass Harmonica
David A. Stewart Bass Trombone
Pat White Trumpet
Richard Bayliss Horn
Evgeny Chebykin Horn
Ian Fasham Bass Trombone
Jocelyn Lightfoot Horn
Timothy Brown Horn
Phillip Eastop Horn
Technical Credits
Sam Bell Engineer
Philip Rose Engineer
Gary Lightbody Composer
Mark McClelland Composer
Tom Simpson Composer
Jonny Quinn Composer
Tom McFall Engineer
Nathan Connolly Composer
Avshalom Caspi Brass Arrangment
Jacknife Lee Programming, Producer
John C.F. Davis Mastering
Paul Wilson Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    addictive

    On a friends reccomendation, I picked it up.... and I have been listening on a regular basis. Great sound. Now I get to see them perform live when they open for U2 this fall. A

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I LOVE THIS BAND SO MUCH!

    This is yet another amazing album from Snow Patrol! It astonishes me that they just keep getting better and better!! this album is reminicent of their first two albums, "Songs For Polar Bears" and "When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up", which I absolutely adore. There is a lot more experimantation on this album, yet the sound is still very Snow Patrol! I actually had a hard time getting through the album the first time because I just wanted to listen to each song over and over again...it was that good! Like always, I can't pick a favourite song...they are ALL my favourite!

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    Posted October 1, 2010

    5 stars!

    It's like the flavor of your favorite beer all wrapped up in a Wheaties box.<BR/><BR/>Amazing

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love the newest album!

    This album is great! I was looking for new music and this hit the spot. Some haunting arrangements that really resonate. Highly recommend!

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