Snow Patrol is reworking some of their best songs in a Reworked series and releasing three EPs. A couple of weeks ago they dropped Reworked (EP1) and it features four songs, “Time Won’t Go Slowly” (which is actually just an original for this set), “Chocolate”, “Crack The Shutters”, and “Open Your Eyes.” The three additional songs on the first EP are interesting choices, but they’re all reworked in brilliant ways that make them different from their original versions.
“Time Won’t Go Slowly” is an easy-listening Snow Patrol song. There’s no electric guitar. It’s bass heavy and the melody is something more along the lines of late 60’s pop than anything else. It’s not bad, it’s not amazing.
“Chocolate” wasn’t everyone’s introduction to Snow Patrol, but for longtime fans, that was probably their first introduction to the group. The original song features big drums, big guitars, and a very Brit-pop style to it. This version features steel guitar, no percussion, and a slowed down melody. Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody does a good job of steering us through some nice strings crashing in the song and it’s a cool listen. It’s not anything close to the original, but it’s still an awesome version.
“Crack the Shutters” is an interesting choice for this first reworked EP. With A Hundred Million Suns, Snow Patrol really slowed down after the dominance they established on Eyes Open. The original version of “Crack the Shutters” features a lot of piano, a big theatrical vibe, and a vocal from Lightbody that’s slightly higher than where he usually goes. The reworked version of the song immediately starts with a big synth beat. The vocal is Lightbody singing with a slight reverb. This version of the song sounds a lot more like U2 than it does Snow Patrol. The first listen isn’t great, but the reworked version of the song grows on you. Again, it’s not as good as the original, but it’s still a fun song to listen to.
“Open Your Eyes” is an important song for Snow Patrol. It appears on Eyes Open. “Open Your Eyes” is like the Oscar nominated version of a rock song. It starts out mild and keeps building and building until it’s a giant wave of sonic noise showering your soul. The first listen of that song for most people borders on a spiritual experience. They reworked it for this series, and it’s completely different. The build at the end is basically harmonies with a choir and it doesn’t hold the same effect as the original version. It’s kind of a small letdown with this EP, but that’s basically because the original song is so amazing.
Snow Patrol’s first Reworked EP features some hits and misses. “Time Won’t Go Slowly” and “Open Your Eyes” qualify as the misses but “Chocolate” and “Crack the Shutters” are worthy of getting listened to again and again by Snow Patrol fans. The first EP in the series is just alright. It’ll be interesting to hear what’s covered on the next one.