However, when the band completed their tour for Fallen Empires in 2012, the star began drinking heavily again.
Speaking to Jo Whiley on BBC Radio Two recently he said he also felt "incapacitated" by depression during this time and was unable to write new music.
Instead, we got Gary Lightbody at his gushy worst (with the exception of the brilliant The Symphony, one of the finest songs he's penned).
Still, they remain a fantastic live band and, before descending into sub-Coldplay mulch, wrote some cracking anthems.
Any band that has Chocolate, Hands Open and Run up their sleeves are worth going to see.