Editors’ Notes Snow Patrol’s seventh album had a lengthy gestation, for understandable reasons. In the seven years following 2011’s Fallen Empires, frontman Gary Lightbody struggled with alcoholism, depression, and writer’s block. He’s arrived at a better place via psychotherapy, acupuncture, and the unflinching soul-searching that runs through this record. There’s desperation in “What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get?” (“I’m in the ruins too/I know the wreckage so well”) and a heart-stopping vulnerability to “Soon,” an address to his dementia-stricken father. But Wildness marks a path out of, not into, darkness: The new-day optimism of “Heal Me” and “Life and Death” is complemented throughout by a band revitalizing their stadium-ready alt-rock with electronic flourishes and strains of folk and R&B.

SONG
Life On Earth
1
5:22
 
Don't Give In
2
3:59
 
Heal Me
3
4:01
 
Empress
4
4:29
 
A Dark Switch
5
4:18
 
What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get?
6
3:49
 
A Youth Written In Fire
7
4:08
 
Soon
8
4:20
 
Wild Horses
9
4:38
 
Life and Death
10
5:35
 
Life On Earth (Alternate Version)
11
4:41
 
Don't Give In (Alternate Version)
12
3:37
 
Heal Me (Alternate Version)
13
4:33
 
What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get? (Alternate Version)
14
4:16
 
Soon (Alternate Version)
15
3:32