I must admit, 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 better than its predecessor in its consistency—“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. (Tom Lynch)
June 10 at the Vic Theatre.