I have a strange soft spot for the UK’s Snow Patrol, and I think the band gets better as it leans farther and farther towards immodest radio fare, directed and marketed firmly towards teenage girls. “Final Straw,” the band’s breakthrough record of a couple years ago, featured the hit “Run,” which boasts one of the most cathartic choruses you’ll ever hear and “Chocolate,” the unfortunately titled, pitch-perfect indie-pop song. The new record, “Eyes Open,” is more consistent than its predecessor—“Final Straw” was good for the radio hits, the rest was forgettable filler—even though it’s fairly obvious the band is simply trying to recreate what it accomplished last time. The single “Chasing Cars,” a blatant re-creation of “Run,” is a love letter to lying under the summer stars with your sweetheart. And on “Hands Open,” leader Gary Lightbody namedrops Sufjan Stevens and his “Chicago,” which is funny, unnecessary, kind of sweet and kind of dumb all at the same time. This is the make-up for their cancelled June show, when Lightbody lost his entire voice and didn’t get it back until summer was almost over. Now that’s depressed. (Tom Lynch)
September 16 at Vic Theatre.