So the progression hasnâ€™t been groundbreaking or speedy but what a slick, seamless, softly spoken beast theyâ€™ve become. There are still the Coldplay-isms and Gary Lightbodyâ€™s occasional Chris Martin incarnations, especially on â€™The Finish Lineâ€™ but theyâ€™ve soldiered on from the mainstream success of â€˜The Final Strawâ€™ and produced a consummately beautiful follow up.
Opener â€˜Youâ€™re all I haveâ€™ is a simple, blissful indie rock single with driving guitar and drums offsetting Lightbodyâ€™s vocals and playful backing harmonies whilst the heavier â€˜Hands Openâ€™ serves up the album anthem with a soaring sing-a-long chorus. After the promising if unexpectedly lively opening, â€˜Eyes Openâ€™ soon droops into a medley of soft stadium lullabies. â€˜Shut Your Eyesâ€™ is a shimmering almost funky little number sandwiched in between the plodding â€˜Chasing Carsâ€™ and orchestral filler of â€˜Itâ€™s Beginning to Get Meâ€™ and the rolling piano led duet with Martha Wainwright on â€˜Set Fire to the Third Barâ€™ melts into the ears. Thereâ€™s the tear jerking innocence of â€˜You could be Happyâ€™ that sees tender use of xylophones and orchestral strings and the slow burning epicness of â€˜Make This Go on Foreverâ€™ which plays the choir card to perfection.