Judging from driving opener You're All I Have, Ireland's answer to Coldplay are making concerted efforts to kick things into high(er) gear. Granted, for them that's like going from to neutral to first, but it still gets your hopes up for the rest of Eyes Open. Unfortunately, singer Gary Lightbody can't resist playing it safe. He slides comfortably back into the stadium-size ballads and mushy MOR formulas that scored on their million-seller, Final Straw. There's a lone bright spot: Martha Wainwright's angsty vocals on Set Fire To The Third Bar. Though the duet never quite connects, there's at least an element of risk involved in the venture.
Snow Patrol slide into the Kool Haus Wednesday (June 7).