AOTY 2019

Wildness

Snow Patrol - Wildness
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #698 / 736
User Score
Based on 70 ratings
2018 Ratings: #949
May 25, 2018 / Release Date
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Polydor / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Throughout Wildness, Lightbody pushes his message with evocative lyrical imagery and the consoling empathy of someone who has fought the battle and emerged triumphant. The result is one of the most comforting and relatable inclusions in the band's catalog.

79
Paste

The band’s new album, Wildness, is a revival of sorts, one that finds Snow Patrol sonically reinvigorated and searching for meaning and connection in our cluttered modern age.

70
Drowned in Sound

Snow Patrol sticks to their tried and tested formula quite closely, and it would’ve been good to have seen them deviate from the plan a little more ... But looking widely, it’s a very listenable and enjoyable piece of work.

60
Dork

‘Wildness’ is a business-as-usual album from Snow Patrol. It will delight old fans, particularly after such a lengthy break, but disappoint anyone looking for a new direction and do little to silence their detractors.

60
musicOMH

If you love Snow Patrol, Wildness will please. But while it has moments that can be thoroughly enjoyed in increments, if you’re expecting developments – especially given the seven-year gap between released – then you’re out of luck.

60
God Is in the TV

As a whole, Wildness proves that Snow Patrol have still held on to a few small elements of who they once were, but have also taken a few risks in order to try and keep up with the ever changing industry they’re a part of. Quite how successful those risks will prove to be in the long run however remains to be seen.

48
Pitchfork

Polished to an antiseptic sheen, without shine or sparkle, most of Wildness is squarely within the bland “young adult contemporary” realm in which McDaid and Lightbody operate outside of Snow Patrol.

40
The Independent

Wildness is an attempt to return to form, but it’s an unsuccessful one.

35
Under The Radar

The album as a whole is frustratingly disappointing for a band with so much talent and past successes.

GoingPlaces
73
I've always been a big Snow Patrol fan, with Eyes Open being the first album I ever bought with my own money, and every release since then has been a huge deal for me. Now coming back 7 years after their last album, I'm left feeling completely alone in the obsession. The singles (especially Life on Earth), really got me hyped for the album, but I was really hoping for a bit more of a mass appeal. With no exciting new sounds in the album, this kind of music is nice, but it's not going to get ... read more
jordymusic
40
Occasionally the vocals and vocal melodies on Wildness are actually pretty good and could be the basis for some good music if the instrumentals and song structures weren't so damn simple.
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Supertartory
84
I don't get the hate for this and the low scores, this album is an amazing comeback to glory for SP, this album contends the number one spot next to Final Straw. The whole thing from start to finish is a fun, heartfelt journey. There's hardly a dull moment.

Favourite Tracks: Life on Earth, Don't Give In, Heal Me, Empress, A Dark Switch, What if This is All the Love You'll Ever Get?, A Youth Written in Fire, Wild Horses, Life and Death
Least Favourite Tracks: Soon
musictoliveto
65
Snow Patrol, Snow Patrol...

This album is for the most part a rather enjoyable listening experience, and it sounds like these guys are really happy to be making music again... but it's also somewhat mediocre. Songs like Empress and Wild Horses are just super, super boring. "What if this is all the love..." is really nice and raw, Gary's voice breaking at the end is beautiful, but still, it's such a drab composition! Colorless, really. Snow Patrol's lyricism is also cluuuunky but ... read more
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Track List

  1. Life On Earth
  2. Don't Give In
  3. Heal Me
  4. Empress
  5. A Dark Switch
  6. What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get?
  7. A Youth Written In Fire
  8. Soon
  9. Wild Horses
  10. Life and Death
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