Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
A Hundred Million SunsSnow PatrolCD11
  • XE2008-10-24
Fiction Records (not for release label use! please use "Fiction" for that instead)1785263602517852631
A Hundred Million SunsSnow PatrolDigital Media11
  • IE2008-10-24
  • GB2008-10-26
  • US2008-10-28
Fiction Records (not for release label use! please use "Fiction" for that instead), Geffen Records[none]
A Hundred Million SunsSnow PatrolCD11
  • AU2008-10-25
Fiction Records (not for release label use! please use "Fiction" for that instead)1785262602517852624
A Hundred Million SunsSnow PatrolCD11
  • CA2008-10-27
Fiction Records (not for release label use! please use "Fiction" for that instead)B00121560200602517852624
A Hundred Million SunsSnow PatrolCD11
  • GB2008-10-27
Fiction Records (not for release label use! please use "Fiction" for that instead)178525900602517852594
A Hundred Million SunsSnow PatrolCD11
  • GB2008-10-27
Fiction Records (not for release label use! please use "Fiction" for that instead)1785255602517852556
A Hundred Million SunsSnow Patrol2×Vinyl6 + 5
  • GB2008-10-27
Fiction Records (not for release label use! please use "Fiction" for that instead)1785258602517852587
A Hundred Million SunsSnow PatrolCD11
  • US2008-10-28
Fiction Records (not for release label use! please use "Fiction" for that instead), Geffen RecordsB0012156-02602517852624
A Hundred Million SunsSnow Patrol2×Vinyl6 + 5
  • US2008-10-28
Geffen Records602517883512
A Hundred Million SunsSnow PatrolCD11
Fiction Records (not for release label use! please use "Fiction" for that instead)1785262602517852624
A Hundred Million Suns (BMG club edition)Snow PatrolCD11
Fiction Records (not for release label use! please use "Fiction" for that instead), Geffen Records, BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)B0012156-02, D174332[none]
A Hundred Million SunsSnow PatrolCD11
  • ES2009-08-19
Fiction Records (not for release label use! please use "Fiction" for that instead)06007532126460600753212646

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Crack the Shutters
If There’s a Rocket Tie Me to It
Take Back the City
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/120077 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/h53n [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/snow_patrol/a_hundred_million_suns_f1/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000799683 [info]
Wikidata:Q2452690 [info]

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In the epic trinity of stadium indie, Snow Patrol are the ghost; lacking both the sheer pomposity to challenge the all-powerful Coldplay and the catchy confidence to take on the often crucified Keane, they wisp about in the shadows, pushing out occasional strokes of excellence to remind the world they exist.

A Hundred Million Suns is their rabble-rousing attempt to change that power structure – and they really have pulled out all the stops.

Decamping to the Berlin studios used by David Bowie and Iggy Pop in the late 70s and teaming up once more with the increasingly influential producer, Jacknife Lee, they have pushed every ounce of their energies into breaking free of their 'also-rans' tag and proving that they really can write an entire album of brilliance, rather than just the occasional stunner.

Inevitably, they have fallen short of such a goal – not through lack of trying but because they simply don't have the invention or imagination to be truly great.

Most surprisingly, given the saving graces of Run, Chasing Cars, Chocolate and It's Beginning To Get To Me on their previous two albums, there are no truly stand-out tunes - the album simply melts into one long agreeable but unremarkable mass.

That fact isn't helped by the lack of variety in their tunes. A Hundred Million Suns can be broken squarely into two camps – the moody indie brooders and the up-tempo gut-wrenchers.

What's most annoying is that there are moments that could have been so much more fulfilling. The break of Crack The Shutters, for example, should have opened up an epic, rather than the drudge that follows it and the lo-fi minimalism of The Golden Floor could have revealed a Jose Gonzalez-like string to their bow, instead of the underwritten disappointment it actually gives.

A Hundred Million Suns is so close to being brilliant, it ends up being more grating than if it had been awful. A little more adventure, a little more heroism and Snow Patrol could have produced something stunning; as it is, this is stadium indie revealed through a glass darkly, a solid but ultimately unsatisfying experience.