Snow Patrol have it tough. Irish newcomers The Script are taking over softer songs while U2's latest album looks to (once again) eclipse anything else remotely Irish rock-like. To tackle this Snow Patrol release the second single from their latest studio album 100 Million Suns - the oddly-titled 'If There's A Rocket Tie Me To It'.
Initial thoughts are that there are much better tracks on this album. There is no doubt this is a Coldplay-esque track, with the indie sounds of the past evident, but even that is disappearing. This isn't a bad track, but it's by no means a stunner - it start's with pretty much the same bar repetition until 1.10. And while the lyrics might be good, the tone of older material has crept back; gone is the upbeat nature of the band's last single 'Take Back This City'.
This disappears, however, once the chorus begins - the song builds, slowly at first before dragging itself back for an all-out rock finish. The fade at the end of the track is typically Snow Patrol.
Long term fans are bound to be happy by this release, but whether it will achieve the top-rank chart success of the band's previous singles remains to be seen. If you're expecting something new, innovative, and mildly moving then look elsewhere.