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Saturday 31 January 2015

Is Snow Patrol's Gary a one-trick Pony?

Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park

A new album from Bangor singer and Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody and legendary REM guitarist Peter Buck has had mixed reviews.

Lukewarm reception: Gary Lightbody sketched ideas for a country album during a world tour

‘The Place We Ran From’ was released on Monday under the band name Tired Pony. The project came together after Lightbody sketched ideas for a country album in a notebook during Snow Patrol's 2009 world tour.

The Guardian’s Killian Fox wrote: “Beneath the broody exterior lies a thoroughly conventional set of songs, mildly diverting but risk-free.”

While Andy Gill from the Independent said: “Though equally sombre, the result is preferable to Snow Patrol.”

Uncut magazine said Kenny Rogers fans “may wish to saddle up and head for the hills”, but others might be “pleasantly surprised”.

Lightbody says the band will play a concert in London to support the album.

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