Snow Patrol
Greatest Hits


1.0
awful

Review

by Irving Tan STAFF
May 13th, 2013 | 69 replies | 9,831 views


Release Date: 05/14/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Calling it a greatest hits album would be a bit grandiose.” – Gary Lightbody.

As a wag once wrote, nothing screams contractual obligation quite like a greatest hits album. But even using the custom-made, extra-low bar with which we tend to judge a record company’s morals, Snow Patrol’s Greatest Hits is a baseless and cold-hearted product that deserves to be sent straight to the bottom of the bargain bin. To put things into context: back in late 2009 Snow Patrol released Up To Now, the first compilation album of their fifteen-year music career. While it wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, at least it couldn’t be faulted for a lack of effort – a total of 20 songs were culled from all five of the band’s studio albums along with several B-sides, rarities, and three entirely new recordings (“Just Say Yes”, “Give Me Strength”, and “Dark Roman Wine”). In other words, Up To Now sought to give the band and their fans the respect that they deserved, and in that regard managed to perform admirably.

But the contrasting, lackadaisical manner in which Greatest Hits is presented to us simply beggars belief: fourteen songs are contained herein – all of which can already be found on Snow Patrol’s three most recent studio releases (I cannot stress this enough). Worse, only the last of the trio – 2012’s Fallen Empires – separates Greatest Hits from Up To Now, and since it is solely represented by “Called Out in the Dark”, Snow Patrol’s worst artistic decision this side of “Grazed Knees”, its contribution is instantly invalidated. More to the point though: there is no new material to be found; no re-recordings, no live cuts, no B-sides. The closest thing we get to any sort of rarity is another soft copy of “Just Say Yes” – but who needs that cheesefest of a song anyway? Don’t even get me started on how weird it is to see “What If This Storm Ends?” excised from the rest of its comrades on “The Lightning Strike” – it’s as if the netminder for the Detroit Red Wings turned out to play one day wearing a frilly tutu.

So while that number up there is not reflective of the quality of the songs contained herein – anything with “Run”, “Chasing Cars”, or “Make This Go on Forever” on it deserves way better – it should still be taken as a commentary on the grab-bag nature of Greatest Hits’ production. Sure, its track-listing is undeniably populist, and the album may yet serve as a crash-course introduction to the British alt-rock band, but it’s still hard to make any sort of sensible argument for it – especially given the existence of Up To Now. Besides, no band wants that kind of introduction anyway. Instead, it is much easier to view this record as what it is: a piss-stain on Snow Patrol’s discography and a great, big middle finger to the band’s legions of fans. Polydor clearly hasn’t tried – and neither should you.



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Irving
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2013



7013 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Out in Malaysia.

Also - possible to be entirely self-constructed.

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Gyromania
May 13th 2013



14653 Comments


oh give me a break

Irving
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2013



7013 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

What did I do? @.@

=S

Gyromania
May 13th 2013



14653 Comments


i don't think you made a good case for this being 'awful'. just because this is a cash-grab and their other comp was infinitely better (although this can be argued: quality > quantity) doesn't mean this should get a 1. we all know what this is, and the music contained within is actually pretty good (i thought you somewhat liked snow patrol anyway). it's like queen: there's a slew of compilations and they're obviously stupid marketing schemes, but it serves -like this- as a good introduction to the band - especially for people who don't want to sit through a double-disc compilation to get a good idea of what the band is all about.

Gyromania
May 13th 2013



14653 Comments


your writing is as solid as ever though and you know ilu < 3

Irving
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2013



7013 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

But Gyro. I kinda pre-empted that argument, no?

Re: "the music contained within is actually pretty good"

Exhibit A: So while that number up there is not reflective of the quality of the songs contained herein...

Re: "but it serves -like this- as a good introduction to the band - especially for people who don't want to sit through a double-disc compilation to get a good idea of what the band is all about."

Exhibit B: Sure, its track-listing is undeniably populist, and the album may yet serve as a crash-course introduction to the British alt-rock band, but it’s still hard to make any sort of sensible argument for it – especially given the existence of Up To Now. Besides, no band wants that kind of introduction anyway.

Ilu2bby

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2013



14887 Comments


wag

Irving
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2013



7013 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAGs

Irving
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2013



7013 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Also: (although this can be argued: quality > quantity)

11/14 songs of this album = also on that compilation

Gyromania
May 13th 2013



14653 Comments


you did but then i think the music should be discussed as opposed to pointing out what an obvious marketing ploy it is. you did touch on the music as well, but you also said the rating isn't reflective of it overall so. it isn't a necessary release but that doesn't make it awful by default. idk i guess maybe i think this might have worked better as a blog criticizing the music industry for exploiting artists or something.

this is their first proper compilation album if you think about it. the other is pretty long comparatively, and they only have two compilations so it's not like they're constantly doing this. many will probably view this as cutting the fat off of their other comp.

Gyromania
May 13th 2013



14653 Comments


11/14 songs of this album = also on that compilation

well, yeah.. but then there are other songs so

Irving
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2013



7013 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this is their first proper compilation album if you think about it. the other is pretty long comparatively, and they only have two compilations so it's not like they're constantly doing this. many will probably view this as cutting the fat off of their other comp.

Idk man, I guess I'm really just taking issue with the fact that they've only released one other album since that other compilation. The manner in which they only selected post-major-label songs is also indicative - Snow Patrol didn't arrive to where they are now overnight, and their label's attempt to paint it as otherwise is just downright disrespectful.

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2013



6073 Comments


The music definitely deserves a one 8)

henryChinaski
May 13th 2013



2460 Comments


Loooooool at the artwork.

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AndyDigital
May 13th 2013



6 Comments


Not sure this even deserves the time spent reviewing it if it's just a blatant marketing compilation. If the music is good, let the album reviews speak to that and don't waste your breath on berating another cash grab...

Ponton
Emeritus
May 13th 2013



5775 Comments


make this go on forever is epic yes

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Tikicobra
May 13th 2013



569 Comments


I think a 1 seems fair. The music itself may not be *that* bad but it doesn't sound like this has much reason to exist.

Gyromania
May 13th 2013



14653 Comments


don't mind me irving, i'm just in a grumpy mood today

make this go on forever is epic yes

the lyrics are horribly trite and cliche, but i like the music. plus i attach sentimentality to some of this stuff.

Artuma
May 13th 2013



8482 Comments


didn't even know they had other hits than Chasing Cars

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Ecnalzen
May 13th 2013



5896 Comments


^I was just going to post the same thing.



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