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Up to Now Fic­tion They haven’t al­ways been fa­mous, you know. Snow Pa­trol floun­dered on the out­skirts of suc­cess un­til their star sud­denly lurched into the as­cen­dent a few years ago. Cue the globe-span­ning likes of Run,

Chas­ing Cars and You Could Be Happy. Be­fore th­ese there were many fine songs, some skit­tish ex­per­i­men­ta­tion (The Rein­deer

Sec­tion), and the kind of am­bi­tion that could make or break them. Up

to Now is a col­lec­tion of tracks from the band’s five stu­dio al­bums over the past 15 years, and lest you think it’s all heart-bruised bal­lads and weepy in­tro­spec­tion, lend an ear to the likes of the ear­lier, pre-Fi­nal

Straw ma­te­rial. With th­ese tunes (notably Ask Me How I Am, Mak­ing En­e­mies, Starfighter Pi­lot) and The

Rein­deer Sec­tion’s Cart­wheels and

You Are My Joy, you will dis­cover a band that seem to have set their sights on blend­ing world dom­i­na­tion with gen­uine arm-round-theshoul­ders blok­i­ness. www.snow pa­ TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Down­load tracks: Chas­ing Cars, An Olive Grove Fac­ing the Sea

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