Final Straw review by Snow Patrol

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  • Released: Feb 2, 2004
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (23 votes)
Snow Patrol: Final Straw

Sound — 7
Having listened to this album a few times I would describe the sound as complicated melodic rock; the reason everyone has become familiar with the sound of Snow Patrol is because of the amount of radio play they get but they are by no means your standard band. From the opening track "How to be Dead" you get the sense that this album is going to be melodic and personal and it is but it is also a lot more than that. Snow patrol rely mainly on guitar work for their songs, it is seemingly unconplicated but effective while still having a sense of mystery as to where you will end up with every song. "Wow" track 2 lightly thunders into the listeners head and seemingly ignites expectations of a more rocky undertone. This seems to be a pretty rounded album but not in the sense that the band tried to make it that way, it just seems like a complete piece of work. Indie Rock Candyfloss with gravel mixed in with the sugar.

Lyrics — 8
I was surprised at my feelings towards the lyrics on this album; during wow there is a line which is "if it looks like it works and it feels like it works then it works", pretty simple eh? but actually listen to it and it has such a remnace with you. Snow Patrol have some undoubted lyrical talent; my favorite song being Spitting Games, this song actually made me feel so nostalgic in a genuine way, "i broke into your house last night and left a note at your bedside, I'm far to shy to speak to you at school" , every boys memory of a girl he liked at school - I would recommend this song to absolutely anyone, I wouldn't be exaggerating to say I love this track mainly because of the lyrics. Grazed Knees is also another highlight lyrically. I think they're are lyrically weaknesses to this album, in the sense that im sure Mr Lightbody wouldn't change but it seems a few tracks weren't meant to be read into, just listened to.

Overall Impression — 9
Snow Patrol seems to have progressed over the years and many people now see them as a band who sell records but listen to this album and the lyrics on it and you will realise they are much more than that. Songs on this album could have been improved by making the lyrical content better but changing it would be like changing a family member. This album would make it into my top 20 albums, I know for a fact I'll listen to this album in years to come and it will remind me of better days

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    Thom Yorke
    Still a criminally underrated band. I think they miss Mark McClelland on Eyes Open though because this really is quite a bit better.
    hi Could anyone be so kind as to tell me how the echoey effect is created on 'Spitting Games' at about 3 minutes 40 , a kind of guitar solo with vocal? i would love to replicate that Thanks Cara