Picks and Pans Review: Snow Patrol

updated 07/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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This Irish band had the good luck to open for their countrymen U2 on a European tour last year. But judging by the mellow and melodic sounds on Snow Patrol's fourth album, the quintet would make an even better double bill with another U.K. rock group you might have heard of: Coldplay. Tunes like the dreamy love song "Chasing Cars," heard on the Grey's Anatomy season finale, and the sweetly melancholy "You Could Be Happy" would no doubt make Gwyneth Paltrow swoon. (No offense, Chris.) Even when the lyrics veer toward the melodramatic ("I've got to see you one last night/ Before the lions take their share/ Leave us in pieces shattered everywhere," on the guitar-pop opener "You're All I Have"), frontman Gary Lightbody invests it all with such earnestness that he makes you a believer. [STARS 3]
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