SNOW PA­TROL

WILD­NESS POLYDOR, OUT 25 MAY

Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums - DAVE EVERLEY

Gary Light­body’s long jour­ney out of the dark­ness.

A lot has hap­pened to Gary Light­body since his band Snow Pa­trol’s last al­bum in 2011, lit­tle of it good. He’s strug­gled with al­co­hol, bat­tled de­pres­sion and watched his fa­ther suc­cumb to de­men­tia. All the re­sul­tant emo­tion has been poured into Wild­ness, a sparkling record whose pol­ished ex­te­rior barely masks the tur­moil at its heart. There’s a ten­sion be­hind Life On Earth as it shifts from haunt­ing to dra­matic, Light­body seek­ing so­lace in child­hood me­mories, while Heal Me throbs with a des­per­ate eu­pho­ria. Just when it seems to be get­ting too much, Life And Death turns on a light. “Sud­denly ev­ery­thing is alive,” sings Light­body. It’s hard not to feel re­lieved for him. Lis­ten To: Life On Earth | Don’t Give In | Life And Death

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