Snow Patrol album gets avalanche of praise
Critics hail new record as a 'stylish comeback'
It may have taken seven years to write, but Snow Patrol are on course for their first UK number one album in over a decade.
The Northern Ireland band's latest record, Wildness, has received rave reviews and earned the accolade of being named the Sunday Times album of the week. It was also one of the Evening Standard's albums of the week.
Magazine Hot Press hailed the band's seventh album, describing it as "arguably the most ambitious opus" of Snow Patrol's 25-year career.
In an 8/10 review, it described Wildness as "a stylish, sometimes surprising comeback that will firmly re-establish Snow Patrol in the charts and hearts of the world", adding "Welcome back, boys".
The Washington Post described the opening track, Life on Earth, as "majestic and grand", and summed up the album as a "triumphant Snow Patrol return".
It also seems that fans agree with the critics as Wildness was yesterday soaring ahead at the summit of the chart during the midway stage.
If it hits top spot, it will be Snow Patrol's first number one album since Eyes Open, released in 2006.
But to secure the number one spot, it will have to knock hugely popular The Greatest Showman down to number two while Shawn Mendes' eponymous album is also in line for a top three finish.
Biffy Clyro's MTV Unplugged: Live At Roundhouse is in line for number four, while Chvrches' Love Is Dead is on course for a top five finish - a career high for the band.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph earlier last week, Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody revealed he has been sober for two years after one drunken night almost ended his life.
The 41-year-old said he almost died in 2000 after falling down a flight of steps in Glasgow following a three-day bender.
"I was out of control," he said.
"I was a giant ass, running all over the place.
"Looking at myself in the mirror that day was, literally, a sobering experience. That was the first time I quit the booze."
Snow Patrol yesterday announced UK and Ireland tour dates, which includes gigs in Belfast and Dublin.
The band will play the SSE Arena in Belfast on December 7 and the 3Arena in Dublin on December 11.
Tickets will go on sale at Ticketmaster next Friday, June 8, from 9am.
The band is also set to perform and greet fans at HMV in Belfast at 5pm tomorrow.
Fans can attend by obtaining a wristband, available by purchasing Wildness from HMV Belfast in person from 12pm today, subject to availability.