Eyes Open

Common Sense Media says

Indie rock group offers safe, digestible sound.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence

"Headlights on a Dark Road" has one graphic line ("I pull up thorns from our ripped bodies").

Sex

Subtle poetic allusions such as "By the fire we break the quiet/Learn to wear each other well" and "We need to feel breathless with love/And not collapse under its weight."

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Consumerism

One mention of another artist: "Put Sufjan Stevens on/and we'll play your favorite song/"Chicago" bursts to life."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A mention of stopping in a metaphorical "bar": "I hang my coat up in the first bar/There is no peace that I've found so far/The laughter penetrates my silence/As drunken men find flaws in science."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album has an emotional, introspective tone, underpinned by relationship themes of new love, heartbreak, regret, and hope. While the lyrics are intense and sometimes angst-ridden, they aren't demeaning or offensive. Kids may know the band's music from Grey's Anatomy, ER, One Tree Hill, or the movie, The Last Kiss. The artwork on the cover depicts a shadowy image of two people in an embrace, kissing. And although it's very obscure, they could be naked.

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What's the story?

Whether you're a seasoned fan of the Scottish band Snow Patrol, or a more recent one who -- after the second-season finale of Grey's Anatomy pitched straight to the heart -- wanted to find out who sings the "If I lay here, If I just lay here" song, you might be a bit disappointed with some of the tracks on EYES OPEN. "You're All I Have," "Hands Open," "It's Beginning to Get To Me," and "Headlights on Dark Roads," while catchy and rollicking with sing-along choruses, are more reminiscent of stadium sounds than stellar indie rock that Snow Patrol has been known to produce.

Is it any good?

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In spite of the sweeping crescendos and jangling guitar riffs of some Eyes Open tracks, things get a little softer with "Chasing Cars," brimming with the giddiness of new love and "You Could Be Happy," a glockenspiel-infused melody not unlike fellow indie rock band The Postal Service. "Set The Fire To The Third Bar," features Canadian Martha Wainwright, whose beautiful haunting voice blends perfectly with that of lead vocalist, Gary Lightbody. This is the album's heartache highlight -- a track that will hit a tender spot for anyone with a love story of separation, whether from geography or loss.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the myriad of emotions unleashed during a relationship -- from heady beginnings to painful break-ups, feelings of loss, and wishing you'd done things differently. Families can also discuss whether Snow Patrol -- compared to their earlier work -- is becoming too formulaic with an overproduced sound.

Music details

Artist:Snow Patrol
Release date:May 9, 2006
Label:A&M Records
Genre:Indie Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymusic rockz April 9, 2008
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i like!

It was GREAT I'd buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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Ok I guess. It gets kind of boring.....

It's a very clean album but it gets very boring. The only songs I liked are Chasing Cars and Shut your Eyes.
Teen, 14 years old Written bythedoctor10 June 14, 2012
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Snow Patrol is too good for you, CS

I am obsessed with this band, so I know that a few of the facts are wrong. For one, Snow Patrol is from Ireland and is based in Scotland. The band members are not Scottish themselves. Also, "You Could Be Happy" is the worst song possible for "kids". It's about the break-down of a relationship and the angst of a possible depression and suicide victim (you could be happy and I would never know.). Or a psychopath/sociopath. "Chasing Cars" is about people dying (If I lay here, If I just lay here, would lie with me and watch the world turn), but, yes, I will compromise and agree that it could possibly be about love. I don't think that twelve year olds would understand a lot of the meanings of the songs. And how can "You're All I Have," "Hands Open," "It's Beginning to Get To Me," and "Headlights on Dark Roads" disappoint? If you think that those songs are "disappointing" and that those songs "aren't what Snow Patrol sounds like," then you don't know the band at all. Those are perfect examples of what Snow Patrol sounds like. "Chasing Cars" is one of their most main stream songs, by the way. The others, not so much. Also, keep in mind that the album is not just indie rock, but alternative rock as well, which can have a much different sound that can be heard in "You're All I Have" and the other songs that are said to "disappoint". The album cover, by the way, is not of two naked people. It's two souls who are in love but bound to each other by barbed wire. By the way, I'm not just "some random kid". The majority of the music I listen to is either indie, indie rock, alternative, alternative, or rock. Almost no pop (except The Fray. They are freaking amazing.) Common Sense, you really need to do a better job.

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