Snow Patrol - Fallen Empires
Label: Island Def Jam Music Group – B0016378-01 / Fiction
Format: 2 × Vinyl, 45 RPM, Album
Released: 10 Jan 2012
Genre: Pop, Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
A1 I'll Never Let Go 4:42
A2 Called Out In The Dark 4:02
A3 The Weight Of Love 4:15
A4 This Isn't Everything You Are 4:58
B1 The Garden Rules 4:28
B2 Fallen Empires 5:19
B3 Berlin 2:03
B4 Lifening 3:53
C1 New York 4:01
C2 In The End 3:59
C3 Those Distant Bells 3:18
D1 The Symphony 6:06
D2 The President 4:34
D3 Broken Bottles Form A Star (Prelude) 1:31
Licensed From – Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Manufactured By – Island Def Jam Music Group
Marketed By – Island Def Jam Music Group
Pressed By – United Record Pressing
Mastered At – Metropolis Studios
Mixed At – The Garage
Recorded At – Eagles Watch
Recorded At – The Garage
Recorded At – The Love Of God Baptist Church
Recorded At – Threshold
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At – Mike Mills House
Recorded At – Black Swan Studio
Designed At – Studio Fury
Lacquer Cut at – Sterling Sound
Engineer [Assistant At Oceanway] – Rouble Kapoor
Engineer [Assistant At Threshold] – Todd Bergman
Mastered By – John Davis
Mixed By – Jacknife Lee
Producer – Jacknife Lee
Recorded By – Jacknife Lee (tracks: A2, B1, B2, B4, C2, C3, D1, D2), John McDaid (tracks: C1), Sam Bell
Recorded By [Assisted By] – Matt Bishop
Written-By – Lightbody, Lee, McDaid (tracks: C1), Quinn, Connolly, Wilson, Simpson
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Snow Patrol had cautioned fans that they should expect the band to take a new musical direction, so it was with a sense of concern that I approached this album. I need not have worried. Lightbody is still singing his heart out, his beautiful tenor floating and soaring and giving me chills.
The music is a little more back to basics, rockier, but still fully accessible to fans who have been following them. Stand out tracks for me include "New York", which has an aching intro that harks back to some of the best moments of Snow Patrol, and "In The End", where Lightbody intones "In the end, there's nothing more to life than love, is there?" over a thrumming bass and a hard drumbeat.
Singles "Calling Out in the Dark," "This Isn't Everything You Are" and "New York" all have pep, rhythm, melody and sparkle with glistening choruses and considered, poetic lyrics that transform them into impressive, easy-to-listen-to pop/rock anthems.
They are not where the record's merit ends. "In the End" is profoundly stirring, with strong percussion from Jonny Quinn and husky guitars from Nathan Connolly propelling the pathos-fused melody and lyric onward. Lightbody's vocals are sincere and rife with passion. The nervy, jangly title track, with vocal modulations and rapid-fire drumming, works nearly as well.
The particularly electro-infused opener "I'll Never Let Go" is as intriguing and idiosyncratic as the more simply-produced anthem "Lifening," which breathes easily, simply presenting Lightbody's unique take on the meaning of life atop a highly evocative guitar.
"Berlin" also spots a unique worldbeat feel with a mixed-gender choral background, while "Those Distant Bells" sets the balmy, deeply felt tone its title implies.
"Fallen Empires" It is a slick, adventurous and artistically sincere set of solid tunes crafted by inarguably talented musicians.
Ultimately, if you've been loving Snow Patrol, don't be scared. This is still classic Britrock with the melodic sensibilities that we have loved before. I think that this record will welcome a new set of fans into the fold. Very enjoyable, accessible record.
Snow Patrol - Fallen Empires
This song is life unbelievable powerful! So tight on so many levels, instrumental and vocal.
Snow Patrol - In The End
Stockholm Sweden 23-feb-2012
Snow Patrol - Called Out In The Dark
Is it just me or does this song have an 80s sound to it?