Legendary pop-rockers Snow Patrol continue their pursuit of reinventing their past hits with this new EP. Reworked 2 shares many similarities to the Reworked 1, as it has three older hits, as they say ‘reworked’, and one brand new song. The most interesting part of this latest package happens to be the new track entitled ‘I Think of Home’.
‘I Think of Home’ sees Gary Lightbody painting a picture with his words. He proves himself to be quite the crafter of stories in this latest output, which focuses largely on the past and wanting things to be the way there were, once more. It seems as if the frontman took some inspiration from Taylor Goldsmith of the American rock band Dawes; a songwriter that Lightbody has mentioned before as being one of his favourites. The lyricism is the true strength of the track and shows just how brilliant Snow Patrol can be as a band when it comes to penning some emotionally-driven verses: “My grandma’s laugh, the greatest noise It’s sure been harder since she left us, and none of us have been the same, but the light she left is endless, and I still see her every day”.
The remainder of the EP displays the band’s continued efforts of reworking older tracks, which largely seems to involve slowing them down and making calmer versions of them. It seems that this tactic will work better on some songs than others. I felt that ‘Called Out in The Dark’ lost something it once had under this new treatment. It feels a tad emptier than before and doesn’t really pack the punch of the original. Particularly where it comes to guitar work.
‘Heal Me’ feels at home with this updated version, though the song is still relatively new as it is so you can tell why the band chose to stay close to the original recording. As nice as the song sounds, and this alternate version does a great job of shedding a brighter light on the song’s lyrics, it doesn’t feel necessary for this EP. If you’re going to do a different version of a song that’s only a year old for a project such as this, then either recreate it completely or leave it be.
‘Take Back the City’ closes out the EP and offers more than the other two reworked tracks. This song actually feels as if it has a new set of lungs, and the group have transformed it wonderfully. The newly placed piano melody adds a refreshing layer to the once-rock song and the more tender vocal take sits nicely with the rest of the instrumentation. The chorus is where the song really impresses, it feels like an entirely new piece, which I assumed was the idea of this upcoming record. The added backing vocals create a heavenly sound and show why this record, if largely done the right way, could be well worth a listen.
It’s exciting to see what the group does with their mega hits, such as ‘Chasing Cars’ and ‘Just Say Yes’, hopefully they are treated with as much creativity as ‘Take Back the City’ has been.
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All words by Jared Musson