Snow Patrol still perform mostly moody rock grandeur on their sixth album, Fallen Empires, despite much-discussed efforts to stir up the Irish/Scottish quintet with infusions of electronics and dance beats. Both have slim influences on the band's established sound, generally on the first half of Empires: Pulsing electronics kick off "I'll Never Let You Go," while friskier, albeit generic rhythms turn up on "Called Out in the Dark." Still, Snow Patrol mostly stick to their well-honed formula of melancholic musing on a grand scale, lacking the U2 Irish soul they apparently aspire to, but nonetheless crafting hooks to accompany the emotional lyrics. Most impressive are the relatively low-key ballad "Those Distant Bells," with Lissie joining Gary Lightbody, and the surprisingly edgy title track. Opening will be English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who has drawn critical accolades for his acoustic mix of folk, pop, and hip hop, and was something of a sensation on his home turf last year for his single "The A Team."
Wed., April 25, 6:30 p.m., 2012