The first Snow Patrol album in seven years has the band back like they were never gone by perhaps making their best album to date. That’s something that’s a loaded statement considering their back catalog includes one of the best albums of the past decade in Eyes Open. Wildness is the band’s most direct and personal album to date and Gary Lightbody does what he does best here; he sings his ass off passionately and he writes arrangements to get the absolute-most out of his vocal at an emotional level that he can.
Except for “A Dark Switch”, a song that sounds like it was written for ABBA, most of these songs are in the same mold as “Chasing Cars.” That makes sense, considering that’s probably the band’s biggest mainstream single ever. These songs are passionate and complex while being balanced and simple at the same time. Take the simplistic, “What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get?”, it’s just piano and Lightbody singing, and that’s all it is and that’s all it needs to be. The instrumentation is light, but the lyrics are poignant and beautiful, and they tell a lot about regret and some of the emotions that Lightbody has dealt with over the past few years.
This is Snow Patrol’s best album to date. Songs deal with depression, alcoholism, death, illness, and even the complexity of the father-son dynamic. It’s crazy how deep it is and it’s also insane how good it is at every level. It’s an easy favorite for album of the year in 2018 and a fantastic listen. Go and check it out right away, you won’t regret it.