15 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

Deb Bakes ,

Empress - Just wow

Imagine if the poet Seamus Heaney, Ireland's most innovative poet, had a baby with Beethoven's Ode to Joy. Empress is just that. It is modern and majestic all at once. Jonny Quinn pounding against a wall of sound bigger than any ancient Cathedral can hold. The bridge is unlike anything that I have ever heard, and as if that is not enough, Gary takes this music of the gods and matches it with lyrics that are powerful and infinitely joyful. It will be a hit. "It will. It will."

drockofmusic ,

About time...but?

I hate the F bomb more than anything in music. NOT impressed by taking a beautifully orchestrated song, and putting a word that now strips you from millions of people to hear. How has U2, coldplay, The Killers, and even now Imagine Dragons been able to be so successful? I loved you from the very first Snow Patrol album to The Reindeer Section, but come on? I want to share your music with every age because it deserves to be shared with everyone.

A Perfect Morning ,

Don't give up on us!

Don't Give In is an exciting new song for this long awaited album. I cannot wait to hear the rest of the tracks. I am a long time fan of Snow Patrol and I am intrigued by this different sound coming from them. Though I do not want them to change too much a little growth is good. Keep making that music and don't ever give up on your fans regardless of the thoughtless reviews I have read on here. Much like the music they make we the fans have the power to encourage or discourage our beloved artists.

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