Eyes Open

Music review by
Denise Duval, Common Sense Media
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Indie rock group offers safe, digestible sound.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

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


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."


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."

What 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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Teen, 14 years old Written bythedoctor10 June 14, 2012

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 n... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheMaine April 21, 2011

11 and up

AWSOME. I love this band. Chasing Cars is a good song

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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