Spare Snare (3 stars)

Garden Leave (Chute Records)


Snow Patrol lead guy Gary Lightbody loves them. The List readers had them down as the 46th best Scottish band of all time. So, why are they still recording albums from home? Well, maybe they just like it that way. And there is indeed a lot to like on this, the outfit’s seventh album. You can readily forgive them the odd moment of creative over-reach, such as the letter-reading extracts of ‘Volume for Poetry’ when they can conjure up a plaintive gem such as ‘Just Let Go’. Though the wheezy ‘Trees and Horses’ almost plunders the goodwill engendered by the rootsy simplicity of closer ‘Grow’.

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