On May 1, 2006.

Eyes Open

On May 1, 2006, “Fiction” label released “Eyes Open”, the fourth Snow Patrol studio album. It was recorded October – December 2005, at “Grouse Lodge Studios” in Ireland; “The Garage” in Kent; “The Garden” and  “Angel Studios” in London. The single “Chasing Cars” went on to sell over 5 million copies worldwide and has spent a total of 166 weeks on the UK “Singles Chart”, more than any other song in history. The album has been certified 7 x Platinum in the UK, by the “BPI”.

Personnel:

  • Gary Lightbody– vocals, guitar, backing vocals
  • Nathan Connolly– guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Wilson– bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Jonny Quinn– drums, percussion
  • Tom Simpson– keyboards, sample
  • Iain Archer – background vocals, choir, chorus
  • Paul Archer – background vocals, choir, chorus
  • James Banbury – arranger, cello
  • Sam Bell – engineer
  • Leon Bosch – double bass
  • Adrian Bradbury – cello
  • Charlie Clark – choir, chorus
  • Caroline Dale – cello
  • Caroline Dearney – cello
  • Richard George – violin
  • Ursula Gough – violin
  • Janice Graham – violin, leader
  • Timothy Grant – viola
  • Ciaran Gribbin – choir, chorus
  • Hrafnhildur Halldorsdottir – choir, chorus
  • William Hawkes – viola
  • Rebecca Hirsch – violi
  • Eugene Kelly – choir, chorus
  • Alastair King – choir, arranger, background vocals
  • Jacknife Lee – keyboards, programming, background vocals, engineer, mixing
  • Karin Leishman – violin
  • Beatrix Lovejoy – violin
  • Pauline Lowbury – violin
  • Maya Magub – violin
  • Zoe Martlew – cello
  • David McGinty – choir, chorus
  • Richard Milone – violin
  • Maxine Moore – viola
  • Steve Morris – violin
  • Everton Nelson – violin
  • Richael Reader – choir, chorus
  • Jenny Reeve – choir, chorus
  • Ben Russell – double bass
  • Claire Scott – choir, chorus
  • Stacey Seivewright – choir, chorus
  • Charles Sewart – violin
  • Hilary Skewes – string contractor
  • Matthew Souter – viola
  • Martha Wainwright – vocals
  • Paul Willey – violin
  • Lucy Williams – violin
  • Sara Wilson – choir, chorus
  • Warren Zielinski – violin
  • Peter Hoffman, Tom McFall, Steve Pryce – engineer
  • Simon Wakeling, Stefano Soffia, Fergus Peterkin – assistant engineer
  • Cenzo Townshend – mixing
  • Owen Skinner – mixing assistant
  • John Davies – mastering
  • Richard Andrews – art direction
  • Mat Maitland – art direction, images
  • Dan Tobin Smith – photography

Track listing:

All lyrics by Gary Lightbody, all music by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Tom Simpson, Paul Wilson and Jonny Quinn except where noted.

  1. You’re All I Have
  2. Hands Open
  3. Chasing Cars – Gary Lightbody
  4. Shut Your Eyes
  5. It’s Beginning to Get to Me
  6. You Could Be Happy
  7. Make This Go On Forever
  8. Set the Fire to the Third bar
  9. Headlights on Dark Roads
  10. Open Your Eyes
  11. The Finish Line
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