A Hundred Million Suns [CD/DVD]

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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 catapult Snow Patrol into the upper echelons of modern music. 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 ...
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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 catapult Snow Patrol into the upper echelons of modern music. 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 wholly warrants Snow Patrol's fame, presenting a band that aspires to pop
ock grandeur without developing the accompanying ego. As a result, this is the group's best work yet. [A CD/DVD edition was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517859319
  • Catalog Number: 001226200
  • Sales rank: 2,006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If There's a Rocket Tie Me to It (4:19)
  2. 2 Crack the Shutters (3:20)
  3. 3 Take Back the City (4:40)
  4. 4 Lifeboats (4:41)
  5. 5 The Golden Floor (3:19)
  6. 6 Please Just Take These Photos from My Hands (4:25)
  7. 7 Set Down Your Glass (3:43)
  8. 8 The Planets Bend Between Us (4:18)
  9. 9 Engines (5:10)
  10. 10 Disaster Button (3:58)
  11. 11 The Lightning Strike: What If This Storm Ends?/The Sunlight Through the Fla (16:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Take Back the City
  2. 2 Crack the Shutters
  3. 3 If There's a Rocket Tie Me to It
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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
Jacknife Lee Guitar, Keyboards, Glass Harmonica
David A. Stewart Bass Trombone
Pat White Trumpet
James "Big Jim" Anderson Tuba
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
Dave Hayes Sound Recording
Jonny Quinn Composer
Tom McFall Engineer
Nathan Connolly Composer
Avshalom Caspi Brass Arrangment
Emer Patten Producer
Jacknife Lee Programming, Producer
John C.F. Davis Mastering
Audrey Davenport Producer
James Russel Director
Paul Wilson Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    LOVE THIS ALBUM SOOOOOO MUCH!

    I was on the edge of my seat waiting for this album from Snow Patrol. The TOTALLY deliver with this album! This is a band that gets infinitley better and better with every album they put out! Every song on this album is a favourite... The DVD extras have me SO excited for their next tour. Snow Patrol is a band that truly love what they do and I thank them greatly for every song and album!

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