Snow Patrol Minus The Residents Of Seattle Grace

Dan Gibson | September 5, 2008 11:30 am

ARTIST: Snow Patrol TITLE: “Take Back The City” WEB DEBUT: Sept. 1, 2008

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: When this song debuted on BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe show Monday, Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody made a bit of a production of stating that the band’s new album was a radical departure from their previous material. Having heard several tracks from the album, Zane Lowe wholeheartedly agreed. I can only assume that they were discussing the rest of A Hundred Million Suns, because this single sounds just like the more animated tracks from the last two Snow Patrol discs. That’s not a bad thng, necessarily–the band occupies a credible space for those looking to get a little more obscure than Coldplay, but not outside of the sensitive British alt-rock-pop act mold. Similar to the hard-rock acts of the ’90s, Snow Patrol can’t lead with the monster ballad, since they’d be seen as “soft,” but I’m certain there’s one track that’s ready to soundtrack an important scene ER‘s season finale lurking somewhere in that new album’s tracklist. Holding some spot between commercially viability and vague artistic credibility isn’t easy to pull off, so why jump off the ride before its finished?

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