Posts Tagged ‘Snow Patrol’

So it’s the start of a New Year, so what better time to look back at some of the great music 2011 had to offer us.  Here are my top 10 songs of the year (I made a rule of only one song per band to make it fair), be sure to vote for your favourites and have your say!

10. Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

As the first single from Coldplay’s fifth studio album ‘Mylo Xyloto’, ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ is your standard Coldplay song. Like many of their previous hits it sounds big and anthemic, which don’t get me wrong is great, if a little predictable.

9. Ed Sheeran – The A Team

Ed Sheeran really captured the nation’s hearts last year with debut single ‘The A Team’. It’s subtle melodies and soft vocal make the track easy to listen to.

8. Elbow – Open Arms

This track from Elbow’s fifth studio album ‘Build A Rocket Boys’ is such an uplifting and powerful song, of which there is unfortunately very little of in UK music charts today.

7. Clare Maguire – The Shield and The Sword

It was a great year for singer-songwriter Clare Maguire, releasing her debut album ‘Light After Dark’ in February last year. This was my favourite track from the album, the electro-dance melody beautifully compliments her strong vocal on the track.

6. Adele – Someone Like You

I had to include this song, as one of the best-selling and most played of the year. It’s a beautiful ballad, guaranteed to tug at the heart-strings on every listen.

5. Take That – The Flood

The Flood was the first single from the album ‘Progress’ and served as a promising preview for what the album was to bring. It’s catchy, it’s dramatic, it’s cheesey – everything you need from a Take That record. It’s just a dreadful shame that the rest of the album didn’t quite live up to this potential…

4. Snow Patrol – This Isn’t Everything You Are

I feel like this song manages to encapsulate Snow Patrol at their best. For me it falls somewhere between ‘Chasing Cars’ and ‘Crack The Shutters’, capturing a perfect balance between the emotional extremes of melancholy and hope.

3. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Dial My Number

Written about a text stalker, this track from Sophie’s fourth studio album ‘Make A Scene’ simply defies you not to dance. It was difficult to pick a favourite from the album, ‘Off & On’ and ‘Starlight’ were also strong contenders, but ‘Dial My Number’s killer riff won out in the end.

2. Sinead & The Dawnbreakers – Don’t Pretend

I have had this song on repeat for months! Their 60’s-esque style makes them pretty unique on the current music scene and this track is really upbeat and fun – guaranteed to make you smile.

1. The Feeling – Say No

My number one track of 2011 has to be ‘Say No’ from The Feeling’s third studio album ‘Together We Were Made’. From the moment I first heard this song live I adored it, and the final recording keeps all of the emotional build up, heightened by the additional vocals of Sinead Quinn. If ever there was a perfectly crafted song, this is it!

Well I’ve had my say, now it’s your turn – vote now!


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‘Just Say Yes’ will be the first single from Snow Patrol’s first compilation album ‘Up To Now’, which will be released in November. The single will be released 2nd November.

Since 2006 it’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard of Snow Patrol. And if you still haven’t – where have you been!? Snow Patrol’s first two albums consisted mostly of punk music, then Final Straw saw a more epic and rocky side to the band with hits such as the ‘Run’, and in their later albums they continued to develop this genre, creating beautiful and iconic hits such as ‘Chasing Cars’ and ‘Crack The Shutters’. What will their new single have in store for us?

Snow Patrol - Up To Now

Wow! Snow Patrol have gone electronica… and I love it! The brilliant thing about ‘Just Say Yes’,  is that it’s what I would describe as a classic Snow Patrol song, but with glitter and star dust sprinkled all over it! It still has everything that we love about Snow Patrol, but with that added, uplifting something, which gives me such a warm feeling in my heart! It’s the most pop sounding Snow Patrol song there has been to date, and it seems to me that this band just gets better and better.

I literally cannot stop listening to it. I try my best to give a first impression of the singles and albums I review, so I try not to listen to them much more than I need to until I have reviewed them. But every time it finishes I just can’t help myself listening to it again!

My only criticism is that during the verses, Gary Lightbody often sounds  as if he is about to fall asleep (but like I said, it is just like classic Snow Patrol!). At least he wakes up in the choruses though!

To sum up, ‘Just Say Yes’ is a wonderful testament to Snow Patrol’s 11 year career. It is clear to see how this band have matured right from the very first album back in 1998 to now, and it brings a tear to my eye. All Snow Patrol Fans: you will LOVE this song! ‘Just Say Yes’ will make everyone want to say ‘yes’!

Another perfect way to sum this song up would be (to use the words of Snow Patrol themselves) : ‘mums and dads of the world be patient with your children’ because one day, they will truly flourish!


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