Eyes Open

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The anthemic indie rock sound of Snow Patrol provides a bit of hope and promise among the many acts attempting to fit into a certain genre or scene. Snow Patrol belongs to their own scene, and their third album, 2004's Final Straw, proved that with several global hit singles such as "Run," "Chocolate," "How to Be Dead," and the reissue of "Spitting Games." British fans once more proclaimed their beloved Snow Patrol as a true rock & roll band while American audiences finally took notice of the Scottish collective. The band's fourth album, Eyes Open, doesn't fall short from where they left off; in fact, Snow Patrol's hungry rock sound only gets bigger and better this...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The anthemic indie rock sound of Snow Patrol provides a bit of hope and promise among the many acts attempting to fit into a certain genre or scene. Snow Patrol belongs to their own scene, and their third album, 2004's Final Straw, proved that with several global hit singles such as "Run," "Chocolate," "How to Be Dead," and the reissue of "Spitting Games." British fans once more proclaimed their beloved Snow Patrol as a true rock & roll band while American audiences finally took notice of the Scottish collective. The band's fourth album, Eyes Open, doesn't fall short from where they left off; in fact, Snow Patrol's hungry rock sound only gets bigger and better this time around. All guitar hooks and singalong choruses are firmly in place, and Gary Lightbody is an underrated frontman. On Eyes Open, he once again writes songs that are from the heart and true to self-reflection without getting too sappy and too overjoyed. From the playful name-dropping of Sufjan Stevens on "Hands Open" to their passionate delivery on "It's Beginning to Get to Me" and "Shut Your Eyes," Snow Patrol's approach is epic. They are the kind of band that embraces simplicity as beautiful and human flaws as art. The lullaby-like "You Could Be Happy" and the passionate buildup of "Make This Go on Forever" are evident of that. This 11-song set is a masterpiece, so keep your ears and eyes open for Snow Patrol. They're onto something big.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602498531785
  • Catalog Number: 000667502
  • Sales rank: 39,344

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Snow Patrol Primary Artist
Caroline Dale Cello
Janice Graham Violin, Leader
Pauline Lowbury Violin
Iain Archer Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Sara Wilson Choir, Chorus
Paul Willey Violin
Martha Wainwright Vocals
Charlie Clarke Choir, Chorus
James Banbury Cello
Matthew Souter Viola
William Hawkes Viola
Eugene Kelly Choir, Chorus
Everton Nelson Violin
Rebecca Hirsch Violin
Warren Zielinski Violin
Lucy Williams Violin
Adrian Bradbury Cello
Gary Lightbody Vocals
Richard George Violin
Stacey Seivewright Choir, Chorus
Zoe Martlew Cello
Ben Russell Double Bass
Maxine Moore Viola
Jenny Reeve Choir, Chorus
Beatrix Lovejoy Violin
Paul Archer Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Ursula Gough Violin
Timothy Grant Viola
Ciaran Gribbin Choir, Chorus
Hrafnhildur Halldorsdottir Choir, Chorus
Jacknife Lee Keyboards, Background Vocals
Karin Leishman Violin
Maya Magub Violin
David McGinty Choir, Chorus
Richard Milone Violin
Richael Reader Choir, Chorus
Claire Scott Choir, Chorus
Charles Sewart Violin
Leon Enrique Bosch Double Bass
Caroline Dearnley Cello
Steve Morris Violin
Technical Credits
Sam Bell Engineer
James Banbury Arranger
Gary Lightbody Composer
Tom Simpson Composer
Peter Hoffman Engineer
Jonny Quinn Composer
Hilary Skewes String Contractor
Tom McFall Engineer
Nathan Connolly Composer
Mat Maitland Art Direction, Images
John Davies Mastering
Jacknife Lee Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Steve Pryce Engineer
Richard Andrews Art Direction
Paul Wilson Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    snow patrol eyes open

    this is an interesting band with a sound that's different and unique at the same time. love love love make this go on forever where the lyrics especially reminded me of a little book with a certain werewolf, vampire and human.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Underrated

    I wouldn't have heard of this band if it wasn't for a passing comment on a myspace blog. When I started listening intently to Snow Patrol's music, and bought their CD Eyes Open, I began to realize that they are one of the best indie bands out there. An excellent CD, definitely worth many listens! Favorites of mine: You're All I Have, Chasing Cars, It's Beginning to Get to Me, Set the Fire to the Third Bar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really very good

    I first heard 'Chasing Cars' on a Doctor Who Confidental episode (if you don't know Doctor Who I urge you to watch it) and instantly fell in love with it. Found it was by this band called Snow Patrol, and after searching around seven stores purchase Eyes Open. Most of the songs are pretty good, my favorites being Hands Open, Chasing Cars, You Could Be Happy, Make this Go On Forever (could lose the swear though), and Headlights on Dark Roads. Only song I don't listen to is Set the Fire to the Third Bar. Overall it's recommend strongly but not quite Outstanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    i love it!!! very relaxing, but nor boring at all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    Snow Patrol is fantastic. Wonderful. The kind of band that will be just as important 20 years from now as they are right now. The music is mellow but uplifting as well as touching. Not only is the CD well worth buying but if they ever come to your town go and see their live show. They have so much energy on stage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Uninspired

    I heard a great song on the radio, Googled the lyrics to find out the name of the artist, and found out I had been listening to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, a group a friend had recommended not too long ago. I bought the CD because of that song, and I have to say I was disappointed. Some of the songs are catchy (actually, only the first four, in my opinion) but every song--even Chasing Cars--seems to have the same basic structure. In just about every song, the lead singer seems to sing every verse to the same three or four notes in the same order. Also, the lyrics are uninteresting, and sometimes too predictable, which makes them seem shallow. In my opinion, the music is mostly uninspired, and, frankly, boring. I still like Chasing Cars a lot, but I don't think it's worth getting the "album".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smooth, mildly compulsive but not for intent listeners

    Something to have running during weekends and for light iPod moments mid week. Catchy so it's easy to get back into. Where it's lacking is being able to be considerably more than smooth pop music - it needs sharp edges, something more than asking for mundane favours, such as the request to "give me chance to hold on to".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome!

    just got this cd, and I LOVE IT! I saw chasing cars one day and fell head over heels for the song, had to go out and get the whole cd.. Wasnt disapointed at all, the whole disk is good!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A winner in every respect...

    My first exposure to Snow Patrol was Final Straw, and this CD continues their brilliance with emotive vocals, and guitar- driven rhythms. There's not a bad song in the bunch... this is an artful work!

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