Recording information: Black Swan Studio, London; Eagles Watch, Malibu; Mike Mills House, Hollywood; Ocean Way, Los Angeles; The Garage, Topanga Canyon; The Love of God Baptist Church, Los Angeles; Threshold, Santa Monica.
Illustrator: John Simpson .
Photographer: Gary Lightbody.
Fallen Empires is the sixth studio album from British alt-rock outfit Snow Patrol. Following the success of hit singles such as "Chasing Cars" -- which spent 106 weeks in the U.K. charts -- lead singer Gary Lightbody suffered bouts of writer's block while penning this record; it did, however, spawn pop gems "I'll Never Let Go" and first single "Called Out in the Dark." The band purposely pushes its boundaries here, involving influences from R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, and vocal contributions from American folksinger Lissie.
Entertainment Weekly (p.78) - "[M]oments like the gospel-choir chorus of 'This Isn't Everything You Are' are genuinely affecting." -- Grade: B