Release Date: May 25, 2018
Record label: Republic
Gary Lightbody has always been able to write and record anthemic pop-rock songs with dramatic crescendos and giant hooks. That's why the first couple of Snow Patrol records had the feel of an indie-pop band capable of much bigger things. And why the Irish band broke through in the mid-'00s with a mega-hit single ("Chasing Cars") and a couple of solid albums (Final Straw, Eyes Open) that earned them comparisons to U2 and Coldplay.
Snow Patrol, once such a mainstay of the UK music scene, has been notably missing in recent years, with writer's block cited as the main cause for the absence. In 2012, Gary Lightbody told NME that the band had scrapped an album's worth of music which had been replaced by 'mind-boggling' material, but the extension of time between the band's last full length LP in 2011, and the upcoming release of Wildness, is likely to make the band's long-term following approach the record with trepidation. The band's seventh studio album is a strong improvement on its predecessor, Fallen Empires, and opens with the fantastic 'Life On Earth'.
Seven years have passed since Snow Patrol‘s last release, Fallen Empires. Since then the individual components that make up the Dundee-based five-piece have been off doing their own thing. And now they have finally returned, with a new album, finally, in tow. Inoffensive in every way, on Wildness Snow Patrol have pretty much remained Snow Patrol despite the passing of time.