A Hundred Million Suns

A Hundred Million Suns

by Snow PatrolSnow Patrol

CD

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2008
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602517852594
catalogNumber: 825173
Rank: 53546

Tracks

  1. If There's a Rocket Tie Me to It
  2. Crack the Shutters
  3. Take Back the City
  4. Lifeboats
  5. The Golden Floor
  6. Please Just Take These Photos From My Hands
  7. Set Down Your Glass
  8. The Planets Bend Between Us
  9. Engines
  10. Disaster Button
  11. The Lightning Strike: What If This Storm Ends?/The Sunlight Through the Fla

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Snow Patrol   Primary Artist
Dan Jenkins   Trombone
John Barclay   Trumpet
Guy Barker   Trumpet
James Jarvis   Conductor,Choir Director
Colin Sheen   Trombone
Stephen Wick   Tuba
Gary Lightbody   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Simpson   Keyboards
Jonny Quinn   Drums
David Stewart   Bass Trombone
Nathan Connolly   Guitar,Vocals
Kira Doherty   Horn
Jim Anderson   Tuba
Jacknife Lee   Guitar,Harmonica,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
Paul Wilson   Bass Guitar
Mark Law   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Sam Bell   Engineer
Philip Rose   Engineer
Gary Lightbody   Composer,Lyricist
Mark McClelland   Composer
Tom Simpson   Composer
Jonny Quinn   Composer
Tom McFall   Engineer
Nathan Connolly   Composer
Avshalom Caspi   Arranger,Brass Arrangment
Jacknife Lee   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Paul Wilson   Composer

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