Eyes Open

Eyes Open

by Snow Patrol
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Eyes Open

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Label: A&M
UPC: 0602498531785
catalogNumber: 000667502

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
Bill Hawkes   Viola
Paul Willey   Violin
Martha Wainwright   Vocals
Charlie Clarke   Choir, Chorus
James Banbury   Cello
Matthew Souter   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
Leon Enrique Bosch   Double Bass
Charles Stewart   Violin
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
Jacknife Lee   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Steve Pryce   Engineer
Richard Andrews   Art Direction
Paul Wilson   Composer

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Eyes Open 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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".
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love it!!! very relaxing, but nor boring at all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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