Crack the Shutters (3:21)

Cover of A Hundred Million Suns

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“Crack the Shutters” is a song from alternative rock band Snow Patrol’s fifth album A Hundred Million Suns. It was released as the follow-up single to “Take Back the City” on different dates in December 2008 depending on the region, and was the second single taken from the album. The lyrics were written by Gary Lightbody and the music was composed by Snow Patrol. The song was described by lyricist Lightbody as the purest love song he’d ever written. The single was received generally positively by music critics, the lyrics and vocals being praised in particular.

The single was quite successful in the charts, charting in the Top 20 in the Netherlands. Though it also entered the Top 30 in Sweden and Germany, it topped the Billboard Triple A chart. “Crack the Shutters” is also the name of a photography exhibition held by Bradley Quinn which primarily featured his photos taken at Snow Patrol concerts.


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