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Snow Patrol's fourth album, Eyes Open, shifted 1.6 million copies in the UK and more than four million worldwide.Their number one single, Chasing Cars, stayed in the UK charts for 85 weeks.Yet the songs themselves are almost unsophisticated in their basic form (which is perhaps what makes them so damn catchy), mainly constructed around repetitive chord patterns and two- or three-note riffs, with melodies that draw on keening Celtic blues modulations, lending a gentle intensity to Lightbody's poetic, introspective lyrics."My songwriting is very simplistic," says Lightbody."What we do is melody and honesty, that is the core.Gary Lightbody is a North Irish musician and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitar of the alternative rock band Snow Patrol.
So the world became the context of this record, rather than my four walls."The album's ambitious closer is a 16-minute, three-song segue, The Lightning Strike, which at times sounds like a gorgeous combination of Philip Glass sequencer patterns and primal drone rock.Gary Lightbody - lead vocals rhythm guitar, piano Nathan Connolly - lead guitar, backing vocals Jonny Quinn - drums, percussion Tom Simpson - keyboard, samples Paul Wilson - bass guitar, backing vocals lightbody also writes most of the bands songs.