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Snow Patrol — Somewhere a Clock is Ticking
Album: Final Straw
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7

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Total ratings: 1349









Released: 2004
Length: 4:29
Plays (last 30 days): 1
've got this feeling that there's something that I missed
(I could do most anything to you...)
Don't you breathe
Something happened, that I never understood
You can't leave
Every second, dripping off my fingertips
Wage your war
Another soldier, says he's not afraid to die
Well I am scared
In slow motion, the blast is beautiful
Doors slam shut
A clock is ticking, but it's hidden far away
Safe and sound
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Took an age to get into this band; a friend had been trying to convince me from conception but this is the album that did it for me and so I started from the beginning.
Happy and sad memories within their repertoire of great songs.
Good morning America !
rate 7 for this song 
 Relayer wrote:
I"m a prog rock music snob, and yes, Snow Patrol has some pop leanings, but I really dig this band.  They have some innovative and well written music.  Unlike Coldplay, that just spiraled down into a pop-top-40-anything-for-a-mainstream-hit band.
 
I've never thought of Snow Patrol as prog. Not that I don't like them, I just don't see how they fit with the likes of ELP, Pink Floyd, Rush, etc..
Saw these guys in Denver CO last year with not a lot of expectations.   To my surprise they were wonderful live!!  Good song writing  
Wow, all the Snow Patrol hate here.

Opinions are like arseholes.
I"m a prog rock music snob, and yes, Snow Patrol has some pop leanings, but I really dig this band.  They have some innovative and well written music.  Unlike Coldplay, that just spiraled down into a pop-top-40-anything-for-a-mainstream-hit band.
  fredriley wrote:
Snow Patrol I put in the same category as Coldplay. Technically proficient, anthemic, efficient but cold and lacking in content. SP and Coldplay songs I can imagine being played at corporate events, in big glass 'scrapers with plastic plants in the lobby, where Suits mingle in plain clothes trying to be hip. The Spandau Ballet of the noughties.
rdo wrote:

We are in complete agreement on this one....surely that must mean it is true.
 
LOL, what a moment rdo, even more so because I agree with you both for once.{#Roflol}

I made the sad mistake of picking up 3 of SP's albums, boy what a disappointment that was:  This tune and "Lifeboats" are the only 2 of their songs that don't cause me dry heaves.  IMO, their songs all sound the same (music and vocals) and fall into 2 categories:  A) Their producer says, "What's needed here is a soft, breathy number with a meandering keyboard and soft guitar work that will appeal to tender people." Or B) The producer says, "Well after those last 3 tender numbers, we need to mix it up a bit.  Okay, let's hit them with louder synth and crank up the guitar with some added fuzz effect, make it bigger, but not too heavy."

Now, no one needs to buy any more of their music because you've already heard it all.

I hope London Grammar avoids this trap. 
 redmachine wrote:
It's amazing how many mediocre UK bands have a large following in the US. U2, Coldplay, Travis, Elbow and these clowns are pretty much derided over here by anyone even vaguely interested in good music.

 
I am not a great fan of my Snow Patrol but I feel I must defend my countrymen and say you go too far to call them "clowns".  They are serious musicians and many knowledgeable people say their songs are well crafted.

If they have a big following in the USA then it is not because those people have been conned or hypnotized - its because they like the music - simple as that.
 redmachine wrote:
It's amazing how many mediocre UK bands have a large following in the US. U2, Coldplay, Travis, Elbow and these clowns are pretty much derided over here by anyone even vaguely interested in good music.
 
U2 has had a huge following all over the world for about 35 years, and Coldplay has had their time.  But Travis, Elbow, and Snow Patrol are by no means enjoying "huge followings" in the US - I doubt any of them get more than nominal airplay.  Elbow has had five Top Ten albums in the UK, and only once cracked the Top 100 in the States.
It's amazing how many mediocre UK bands have a large following in the US. U2, Coldplay, Travis, Elbow and these clowns are pretty much derided over here by anyone even vaguely interested in good music.
Always really liked this song. And then RP commenteers had to go and say something about it sounding like Coldplay. In a perfect world, Bill would ban all references to Coldplay from RP comments for, like, forever. Then I could actually just keep on liking all the nice-but-maybe-a-little-mediocre songs played here, without them being tainted by Coldplay comparisons. Coldplay references are like car wrecks (see it you can't unsee it) in that once you get a whiff of Coldplay in an otherwise decent song you can't ever go back to it just being a solid, likable song. 
{#Roflol} Proclivities wrote:

Maybe it's five different people with the same user name. 
{#Drummer} 

 


Among other things, I like the dynamic range on this song. You can't stay loud the whole song, something certain genres (cough, heavy metal) seemed to have never grasped.

 
 casey1024 wrote:
I'm guessing someone does not like the high note.

 
Maybe it's five different people with the same user name. 
{#Drummer} 
I'm guessing someone does not like the high note.
That stupid high note just ruins the song.
That stupid high note just ruins the song.
I like...a Snow Patrol song? Pleasantly surprised :). 
Spoiled 7/777 votes rating... sorry but had to save it :)

BTW again time by pf was earlier ;) 
I was really digging that... 7 for starters.

Wilco to Arctic Monkeys to Pink Floyd to Snow Patrol to Guster, this set is stopping my productive afternoon and making me hit the website. Damn you, Bill!!
 fredriley wrote:
Snow Patrol I put in the same category as Coldplay. Technically proficient, anthemic, efficient but cold and lacking in content. SP and Coldplay songs I can imagine being played at corporate events, in big glass 'scrapers with plastic plants in the lobby, where Suits mingle in plain clothes trying to be hip. The Spandau Ballet of the noughties.

 
We are in complete agreement on this one....surely that must mean it is true.
 fredriley wrote:
Snow Patrol I put in the same category as Coldplay. Technically proficient, anthemic, efficient but cold and lacking in content. SP and Coldplay songs I can imagine being played at corporate events, in big glass 'scrapers with plastic plants in the lobby, where Suits mingle in plain clothes trying to be hip. The Spandau Ballet of the noughties.

 
Well, when you put it that way....
I liked it, but you make your point. And plus, you got some vocab on you, fred. 
Snow Patrol I put in the same category as Coldplay. Technically proficient, anthemic, efficient but cold and lacking in content. SP and Coldplay songs I can imagine being played at corporate events, in big glass 'scrapers with plastic plants in the lobby, where Suits mingle in plain clothes trying to be hip. The Spandau Ballet of the noughties.
This song is damn good.  I"m upping it to an 8.
...... as it finished yet
 amoreena wrote:


You mean Michael Stipe?  Or a Harry Potter character?

 
Yes
{#Sunny}
Mkay, yeah...time to check on those TPS reports...All right...
office space 4

..SP has their detractors..i'm not among them..this is a solid, magnetic tune..it attracts & connects w/me..

..i dig the disc cover too..so there (heh!)..
 DaveInVA wrote:
Sounds like they are channeling  Micheal Snipe for this...

 

You mean Michael Stipe?  Or a Harry Potter character?
 Sasha2001 wrote:
6 > 8. That wall of sound hits me right in the feel good parts.
 
Phew that WAS close......
6 > 8. That wall of sound hits me right in the feel good parts.
Great!
nice to be back with 'Paradise' 
Nice tune. SP is enigmatic and engaging. But crank up If There's a Rocket... or The Lightning Strike. 
I've always thought of Snow Patrol as the rich man's Cold Play. This song is a good example.   
yeah  {#Sunny}
Love it
 actusreus wrote:
I don't want to like it, but it sneaks up on you. Like the instrumentals.
 

Exactly.  I had it rated at 4.  Just bumped it up to 6.

 

Should have known though.  If 1wolfy likes it I usually do too.


Not usually a huge fan of Snow Patrol, but I really like this track. A little out of their wheel house, and I'm a sucker for the pairing of the vocal stress with the instrumental undertones.
I don't want to like it, but it sneaks up on you. Like the instrumentals.
Snow Patrol is very unique....{#Yes}
Oh god not the snow patrol!  Make it stop please!... Ears melting!  Oh the pain!
this song is weak.

 Stingray wrote:
I do not a single song of this band that really remained...! 
 
Exactly! Wait, what?  

(I love Stingray's posts) 

Great song, but most of their other emo stuff leaves me wanting.
Sounds like they are channeling  Micheal Snipe for this...

I do not a single song of this band that
really remained...! 
I enjoy the music of this band
 fuh2 wrote:
parful good song -makes my erector pili contract.
 

Ha - Is that as painful as I as it looks in my mind?
Wow . . . scary, yet so appealing.  Snow Patrol = very cool.
 mucklustre wrote:


well, better than nothing...although I disagree, compassionately.
 
With the release of their new album, I stand steadfastly by my original statement.

{#Hearteyes} Snow Patrol!

 drife wrote:
The only tolerable Snow Patrol song.
 

well, better than nothing...although I disagree, compassionately.
quite bizarre mmm interesting i guess
I wonder if they sqeeze something for the high notes {#Roflol}
The only tolerable Snow Patrol song.
Wow, that was surprisingly good!
That is one BIG brainpan-filling sound. Has to be listened to at mark 11 and phones set to earbleed. 8 from the Nottingham jury
Love it! :bounce:
This is my favorite song off this album. "Brain shut down."
Echo eastcoast wrote:
never heard this before...quite likeable
Cool, really digging deep into the album.
never heard this before...quite likeable
winter wrote:
Creepy and cool. Love it.
Well said! :good-vibes:
i wonder if he rhymes voice with choice in this song too... he likes that couplet
Creepy and cool. Love it.
I'm going to Amazon RIGHT NOW to buy this. Work can wait. :sunny:
Krispian wrote:
Amazing... I had no idea there was so much good NEW music out there, until RP.
I agree - I have "discovered" so many new and interesting artists from listening to RP.
fuh2 wrote:
parful good song -makes my erector pili contract.
OK, don;t know what that is doing to you, but I think I share the reaction. :roflol:
I'd like to see Snow Patrol play on a beach in the sunshine. That would be ironic.
Amazing... I had no idea there was so much good NEW music out there, until RP.
LOVE this song!
parful good song -makes my erector pili contract.
this song is the reason i bought this CD. I would pay 20. just to see them do this song only. The rest of the album is not compareable to this song though. have to say songs 2 - 5 are great though..
Great song! Good set!
Leslie wrote:
Yes, the Warfield is a small venue. 2,300 people is the capacity. It's a GREAT place for a concert.
Ok, saw them last week at a VERY small club here in Atlanta..... they were amazing. Light years ahead of the Coachella mess last year! They played material from the new CD coming out in May.... great stuff!!!
I was pleasantly suprised by this album having picked it up cheap on a recommendation. I've got the SACD/CD hybrid release and the multi-channel SACD mix adds a lot to the production. It's not an earth shattering album, but I definitely think it's better than Coldplay's last release. The next album will probably make or break this band. -Synth80s
I cant believe that was snow patrol! Never liked them before but that was top!
What's really strange is Bill in Paradise has more snow right now than I do in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
moonbat wrote:
I really like these guys. I'll have to pick up the CD.
By all means get it. I've had it for over a year and still listen to it quite a bit. Good stuff!
I really like these guys. I'll have to pick up the CD.
Not only boring, but absolutely devoid of any energy or soul. Tepid "Coldplayish" sop.
Parful stuff parful
highly pressurised pop music. :drummer: :boohoo: :guitarist:
freeone1 wrote:
This band is one of my guilty pleasures. Should I feel bad about that?... :cowboy:
Not at all! I quite enjoy them as well. Their song "Run" got me hooked and I think this CD is very good. I hope they do more.
This will sound dated in a few years....just like stuff by Live.
This band is one of my guilty pleasures. Should I feel bad about that?... :cowboy:
Dave Matthews called. He wants his voice back.
Roverfish wrote:
Reminds me of Joseph Arthur, but without all the songwriting talent and musicianship. Sorry, I'm completely bored with these guys. Awaiting next album for more input...
I thought the exact thing...."Redemption's Son".
the violins are a bit much... :boohoo:
Mark1970 wrote:
"Somewhere A Mark Is Disappointed" I saw them at Coachella and thought they were terrible..... a train wreck. Maybe it was the large, outdoor venue? What kind of place is the Warfield? A small venue?
Yes, the Warfield is a small venue. 2,300 people is the capacity. It's a GREAT place for a concert.
Reminds me of Joseph Arthur, but without all the songwriting talent and musicianship. Sorry, I'm completely bored with these guys. Awaiting next album for more input...
I really like the percussion at the end of this song. One of my favorites on the album. :drummer:
Totally lovin this song, love their sound.....
E-String wrote:
Just saw Snow Patrol in San Francisco last week at the Warfield. Good concert. :whistle:
"Somewhere A Mark Is Disappointed" I saw them at Coachella and thought they were terrible..... a train wreck. Maybe it was the large, outdoor venue? What kind of place is the Warfield? A small venue?
Just saw Snow Patrol in San Francisco last week at the Warfield. Good concert. :whistle:
dig the wacky editing!
I like Snow Patrol......fresh air around me.. :bounce:
dpjag wrote:
Goes just a bit tooo long.
agreed...
Always kinda like 'em when I hear 'em, but the name of the band really bothers me...maybe it's because I grew up in the midwest...bad memories of winter.
diane wrote:
Undistinguished in every way.
No, it seems more messy than average.
Undistinguished in every way.
this is perfect for a rainy morning. :bounce:
trekhead wrote:
I've heard of 50 FOOT JESUS, and THE JESUS LIZARDS. Why does that look like the 50 foot lounge lizard Jesus?? Don't mind Him smiling , but what's with the "Hey! How ya doooin'?"
ROFLMAO
fuh2 wrote:
I've heard of 50 FOOT JESUS, and THE JESUS LIZARDS. Why does that look like the 50 foot lounge lizard Jesus?? Don't mind Him smiling , but what's with the "Hey! How ya doooin'?"
Goes just a bit tooo long.
reedifus wrote:
If you refer to Crowded House tune ... uh, no.
i think they refer to Catherine Wheel the band ... uh, duh.
Cool finish to an interesting tune. I like the duel voices.
pilgrim wrote:
i can hear that (at least on this tune) enjoyable anywho, at least to these ears
Only on this song... ;) Enjoyable for sure...
RichardPrins wrote:
Catherine Wheel similarities?
If you refer to Crowded House tune ... uh, no.
Cold Implosion
andrewpickford81 wrote:
Not many blander acts have become so popular.
Have you heard of coldplay?
pilgrim wrote:
enjoyable anywho, at least to these ears
RichardPrins wrote:
Catherine Wheel similarities? Nice
i can hear that (at least on this tune) enjoyable anywho, at least to these ears
Glaswegian buddy of mine gave me the Snow Patrol disc a few months ago. Call it what you want, but I like listening to it. A lot.
andrewpickford81 wrote:
Not many blander acts have become so popular.
This is white bread and mayonnaise, for sure.
Catherine Wheel similarities? Nice