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Snow Patrol aren`t the first indie act to discover unexpected Balearic sensibilities. Keane were relatively early spotting which way the wind was blowing with their bouncy 2008 single `Spiralling`, while Jack Peñate won critical acclaim with his summer career reboot Everything Is New. Now comes `Just Say Yes`, a track Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody claims is "closer to techno than we`ve ever got".
Written for Nicole Scherzinger`s abandoned solo album (there are live versions on YouTube), this is certainly more electro than `Chasing Cars` or `Run`, but it`s hardly the second coming of `80s Detroit. Where Keane and Peñate actually succeeded in introducing a new feel to their sound, Snow Patrol have merely grafted on a few floaty keys and hoped for the best. Otherwise it`s business as usual, with the same over-earnest lyrics ("I won`t be OK and I won`t pretend I am") and soporific melodies as ever. Guitarist Nathan Connolly recently promised: "No matter what kind of musical direction we`ll take, we`ll always make it sound like Snow Patrol." He wasn`t lying.