Snow Patrol - Take Back The City

It's a mystery why, when the band are capable of such anomalous delights as 'Set Fire To The Third Bar', that work of such quality is bypassed for this kind of release.

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Released 14 Oct 2008 | | By Martin Guttridge-Hewitt | Rating: 2-5
Snow Patrol - Take Back The City

Having shot to fame and had the compulsory hatred and mockery or love and respect distilled on them it's not hard to know what to expect from Snow Patrol. 'Take Back The City' begins as with a pacey folk rhetoric, slowly building in a way that is almost comparable to the subtler electro-rock acts currently swimming in that oh-so big lake.

As promising as this all sounds, the truth is, if you hate this band, this is not going to change your mind. Sounding like perfect M62 radio-rock for the average Joe and a sofa advert is rarely a good thing, but particularly when the band is one of the most lauded in the current chart scene. Before long it's all big riffs and uncomfortably cliched musical arrangements, set to lyrics that would leave a lot to be desired on a Christmas driving-rock compilation bought from a less than reputable record shop.

It's a mystery why, when the band are capable of such seeming anomalous delights as 'Set Fire To The Third Bar', that work of such quality is bypassed for this kind of release. They're hardly the worst band out there, but this is far from their best end of their musical spectrum.