It's three years since Snow Patrol found success with Final Straw and all that gigging with U2 has more than paid off. Gary Lightbody's still plundering his own romantic inadequacies, but the intimacy he draws from them is denser, set to stronger melodies and rockier guitars. Though the crushing climaxes of Chasing Cars and Open Your Eyes are signposted from their opening notes, Lightbody's lyrics linger over the desperate tug of war at the heart of a dying relationship.
The anthemic indie rock sound of Snow Patrol provides a bit of hope and promise among the many acts attempting to fit into a certain genre or scene. Snow Patrol belongs to their own scene, and their third album, 2004's Final Straw, proved that with several global hit singles such as "Run," "Chocolate," "How to Be Dead," and the reissue of "Spitting Games." British fans once more proclaimed their beloved Snow Patrol as a true rock & roll band while American audiences finally took notice of the Scottish collective. The band's fourth album, Eyes Open, doesn't fall short from where they left off; in fact, Snow Patrol's hungry rock sound only gets bigger and better this time around.