You’re All I Have
The first song is catchy as hell and is a definite radio single candidate. With great vocals and superb production, this is just ready to go on radio. The band brings out the song perfectly by working to the climax subtle yet powerful.
Follows to You’re All I Have perfectly and also has 100% radio potential. After two listens I already started to sing along and the blasting music stimulates the catchiness of this song, which is interesting. It’s a massive track, but it doesn’t come across massive. That’s quite an accomplishment.
Chasing Cars is without a doubt the best song Snow Patrol has written and recorded as of yet. The sensitive power ballad with great metaphors and imagery is bound to be one of the world’s biggest hits in the past 5 years. The gentle vocals and wonderful musical arrangements are just begging to be heard.
Shut Your Eyes
The next song, Shut Your Eyes, is a lot more alternative, but still remains to have that catchiness that Snow Patrol has made their own. With a sing (or shout) along chorus and a great deal of connection to the listener, this song is another highlight.
It’s Beginning To Get To Me
There’s a nice synth line under this song and It’s Beginning To Get To Me once again has that all over catchiness that this album seems to be able to uphold in every song. Good variations in tempo and intensity make this song even stronger.
You Could Be Happy
You Could Be Happy with it’s interesting percussion is a little darker in sound, despite the title. The track is covered in mystery and intimacy. The musical arrangement is wonderful and it probably is one of the best songs on this excellent album.
Make This Go On Forever
This is a little slower track, essentially, and it has a rich, darker sound that overtakes the listener. This song is very good in growing on someone, as you can hear something new in it, time and again.
Set The Fire To The Third Bar
Set The Fire.., featuring Martha Wainwright is another song that is just pure class. This collaboration was interesting, and it worked out very well. It’s the most alternative track on the album and musically one of the best. Martha slightly reminds of Kate Bush and she perfectly complements Gary Lightbody’s vocals.
Headlights On Dark Roads
Headlights is probably one of my favorites on this album. It has good tempo and if you heard this one live, you know what I mean, the passion and energy in this song are amazing, and it’s a song that has a lot more to it than you would think at first. I love singing along to this while I’m rocking out.
Open Your Eyes
Aaaaaaand we’re back to the instant hit factory that Snow Patrol has become. Open Your Eyes is another song that can just dominate radio waves. The intro is a little long, but this band has mastered the build up to a climax chorus so very nicely that this song is once again ready to be loved by the world.
The Finish Line
Good title for an album closer. The etherical, mystical sound that reminds us of old school Snow Patrol is a nice note to end the album. The track’s been produced wonderfully, and the good vocals and atmosphere that the music creates gives this song something extra.
“Eyes Open” is one long string of musical highlights. Snow Patrol might have gone more mainstream than they were in the past, but they do it without losing their own identity. Their transition has been sort of an evolution over the course of several albums. And on “Eyes Open” they have really found their way. With instant hits like You’re All I Have, Chasing Cars & Open Your Eyes the band can’t go wrong. And the darker You Could Be Happy & Set The Fire To The Third Bar show they haven’t lost their roots. A remarkable accomplishment by a band that shows that marketability and passionate music can go hand in hand.