Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns

Release Date: 10/28/08
Genre: Alternative Rock

Never been a huge fan except for "Chocolate" and "How to be Dead." It's crazy how popular this band is.

Review: So the first two tracks are really good. "If There's a Rocket Tie Me To It" has that fresh energy to draw a person in. Great opening. "Crack The Shutters" is great too. Nice melodies.

"Take Back The City" sounds really generic. "Lifeboats" is a softer song and it's okay for a while, but I can't find anything to connect with so it's a thumbs down. And what do they do to me. "The Golden Floor" suffers the same problem. It's actually slightly better, but it doesn't have that ump to make it special.

"Set Down Your Glass" is good sadcore music. "The Planets Bend Between Us (For You)" is single potential. "Engines" is a good filler track. "Disaster Button" gets interesting towards the end.

"The Lightning Strike" has good buns. The first movement is good and the last movement is good, but the middle movement is boring. It has decent music to it, but the vocals are so dull. and the transitions don't feel smooth. They don't make the three pieces as one so it's basically three songs glued together.

Summary: I didn't feel like they did anything new. They didn't do anything bad really, but I don't have a reason to give this album more plays.

Key Tracks: If There's a Rocket Tie Me to It, Crack the Shutters, Set Down Your Glass
Rating: 5/10

1 comment:

hot-toast said...

Hey-
I think I might be able to help you get to your goal of 1,000 reviews. I am working with David Ford, a great musician who just released his album Songs For The Road, and will be touring with Ingrid Michaelson.

If you could help spread the word about the show that would be awesome! Also if you would like a copy of the album just give me a shout.

To get an idea of David live, check out these links:

Live video, one take, with one camera, just one man playing all the instruments -
http://youtube.com/watch?v=NVky7hwuebU

And here he is on Carson Daly, truly connecting with the audience (look for the tears in the crowd) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGv136lCsxU

Let me know what you think, and if you want to attend the show!

Be good,
Laurie




Heralded by Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, Elle, and moving The New York Times to write, "Like Damien Rice and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Mr. Ford builds stately, inexorable crescendos..." David Ford follows up his acclaimed debut, I Sincerely Apologize For All The Trouble I've Caused (Columbia, 2006) with Songs For The Road (Original Signal, 2008).

From the opening strings of blackened-heart-on-a-sleeve first single "Go To Hell" to the tender, mournful pedal steel of "And So You Fell," it's clear Ford - with his open-throated, raspy howl - is not the standard wounded male troubadour. Songs For The Road expands on where Ford left off with I Sincerely Apologize, building the singer's gift for quiet intensity, lush melodies, and haunted lyricism to a triumphant swell. Songs For The Road is seething with an absence of forgiveness in its penetrating self-reflection.

Released this past Fall in the U.K., Songs For The Road received rave reviews from top publications like The Sunday Times (Best of 2007: "...a devastating reminder that an artist with a keening voice, an ear for melody and a willingness, lyrically, to wrestle with demons can still take the breath away."), The Guardian (".[Ford] has a real and thrilling edge."), and The Sun ("This is a sublime 37 minutes of music. It's melodic songwriting on par with Damien Rice, folk singing reminiscent of The Pogues and lyric writing as good as Bright Eyes.").


Don't Miss David Ford Live!

(Solo)
OCT 23 WINDJAMMER CHARLESTON, SC
OCT 24 VINYL ATLANTA, GA
OCT 27 RAMS HEAD TAVERN ANNAPOLIS, MD
OCT 28 MERCURY LOUNGE NEW YORK, NY

(with Ingrid Michaelson)
OCT 30 PARADISE BOSTON, MA
NOV 1 IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL NORTHAMPTON, MA
NOV 4 HOUSE OF BLUES ANAHEIM, CA
NOV 5 HOUSE OF BLUES SAN DIEGO, CA
NOV 6 EL REY THEATER LOS ANGELES, CA
NOV 7 GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL SAN FRANCISCO, CA
NOV 8 HARLOW’S SACRAMENTO, CA
NOV 10 NEUMO’S SEATTLE, WA
NOV 11 WONDER BALLROOM PORTLAND, OR
NOV 13 BELLY UP ASPEN, CO
NOV 14 GOTHIC THEATER DENVER, CO
NOV 16 SLOWDOWN OMAHA, NEBRASKA
NOV 17 PANTAGES THEATRE MINNEAPOLIS, MN
NOV 18 BARRYMORE THEATRE MADISON, WI
NOV 19 PARK WEST CHICAGO, IL
NOV 20 THE ARK ANN ARBOR, MI
NOV 21 THE MADISON THEATER COVINGTON, KY
NOV 23 TLA PHILADELPHIA, PA
NOV 24 CLUB CAFÉ PITTSBURGH, PA
NOV 25 THE BIRCMERE ALEXANDRA, VA



LAURIE KAMENS
Original Signal Recordings
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laurie@originalsignalrecordings.com


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