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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