Snow Patrol - 2018 - Wildness (Deluxe Edition) (HDtracks) [[email protected]]
Artist: Snow Patrol
Album: Wildness (Deluxe Edition) (HDtracks)
Format: WEB, 15 x files FLAC, Album, Remastered, 24bit 44.1kHz, HDtracks
Producer: Jacknife Lee
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Label: Polydor Records
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Britpop
Snow Patrol are an Irish rock band formed in 1993, consisting of Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar), Nathan Connolly (guitar, backing vocals), Paul Wilson (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jonny Quinn (drums), and Johnny McDaid (piano, guitar, backing vocals). Initially an indie rock band, the band rose to prominence in the early-mid 2000s as part of the post-Britpop movement.
The band were founded at the University of Dundee in 1993 by Lightbody, Michael Morrison, and Mark McClelland as Shrug. After briefly using the name Polarbear and released the EP Starfighter Pilot (1997) and losing Morrison as a member, the band became Snow Patrol in 1997 and added Quinn to its line-up. Their first two studio albums, Songs for Polarbears (1998) and When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up (2001), were commercially unsuccessful and were released by the independent record label Jeepster Records. The band then signed to the major record label Polydor Records in 2002.
Connolly joined Snow Patrol in 2002, and after their major-label debut album, Final Straw, the following year, the band rose to national fame. The album was certified 5× platinum in the UK and eventually sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Their next studio album, Eyes Open (2006), and its hit single, "Chasing Cars", propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Albums Chart and was the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide. In 2008, the band released their fifth studio album, A Hundred Million Suns; then, in 2009, they released their first compilation album, Up to Now; and, in 2011, released their sixth studio album, Fallen Empires. The band released their seventh album, Wildness, on 25 May 2018.
During the course of their career, Snow Patrol have won seven Meteor Ireland Music Awards and have been nominated for six Brit Awards. Since the release of Final Straw, the band have sold over 13 million records worldwide.
Wildness is the seventh studio album by Northern Irish-Scottish rock band Snow Patrol. The album was released on 25 May 2018. It is their first album with Johnny McDaid as a full member of the band, after his involvement as a guest musician and songwriter on Fallen Empires and participation in its tour.
"Don't Give In" was released as the first single for Wildness on 21 March 2018. "Life on Earth" was released as the second single from the album on 12 April 2018. "What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get?" was released as the third single on 2 May 2018. "Empress" was released as the fourth single on 8 May 2018.
AllMusic Review by Neil Z. Yeung:
Following a lengthy hiatus, Snow Patrol returned with Wildness, their first album since 2011's Fallen Empires. The big comeback was delivered with a sense of triumph, a hopeful spirit coursing through its tight ten tracks. During the seven years between releases, frontman Gary Lightbody spiraled into a deep depression as isolation and loneliness led to a disconnect with the world and a severe case of writer's block. He recaptured his spark with human interaction, overcoming the depression and associated addictions with the help of his friends. Along with longtime producer Jacknife Lee and new member Johnny McDaid, Lightbody and the band crafted the poppiest Snow Patrol album to date. Their trademark wide-eyed yearning and brittle melancholy haven't been abandoned; they're simply overpowered by hope, healing, and acceptance, like an indie rock self-help guide. The inspiring opener "Life on Earth" patiently churns to life as Lightbody sings "It shouldn't need to be so ing hard," his urgency suffused with determination and assurance. These Life Lessons by Lightbody continue on the encouraging "Don't Give In" and "Heal Me," a palpably uplifting ode to a friend who convinced him to quit drinking. Fans of Fallen Empires' "Called Out in the Dark" will notice that the band push that dance-centric vibe even further on the funky "A Dark Switch" and the carefree "Wild Horses," two surprises that encapsulate the band's new perspective while echoing contemporaneous output by Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. Familiar callbacks to the band's earlier sound crop up on the aching "What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get?", wherein Lightbody accepts his pain with solo piano accompaniment, and "Soon," a heartbreaking message to his father, who suffered from dementia. Album standout "Empress" is comforting in its familiarity, a sweeping and joyous moment that channels U2 and Coldplay at their purest and most earnest. Throughout Wildness, Lightbody pushes his message with evocative lyrical imagery and the consoling empathy of someone who has fought the battle and emerged triumphant. The result is one of the most comforting and relatable inclusions in the band's catalog.
01. Life On Earth (5:22)
02. Don't Give In (3:59)
03. Heal Me (4:01)
04. Empress (4:29)
05. A Dark Switch (4:18)
06. What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get? (3:49)
07. A Youth Written In Fire (4:08)
08. Soon (4:20)
09. Wild Horses (4:38)
10. Life and Death (5:35)
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
11. Life On Earth (Alternate Version) (4:41)
12. Don't Give In (Alternate Version) (3:37)
13. Heal Me (Alternate Version) (4:33)
14. What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get? (Alternate Version) (4:16)
15. Soon (Alternate Version) (3:32)
Nathan Connolly - Guitar, Vocals (Background)
Jacknife Lee - Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, String Arrangements, Vocals (Background)
Gary Lightbody - Guitar, Programming, Vocals
Johnny McDaid - Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals (Background)
Jonny Quinn - Drums
Davide Rossi - String Arrangements, String Quartet
Paul Wilson - Bass[/size]
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