14 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Glen Hansard spent a good part of his career playing to capacity crowds in Ireland as the leader of the Frames. In the U.S., he is best known as one-half of the duo, The Swell Season, whose musical contributions to Once garnered them an Oscar. What seems to the public to be an overnight success has been in the works for decades. His solo debut captures Hansard's softer side, away from the dissonant feedback of his band and into the mystic that recalls Van Morrison at his most pastoral. Swell Season's Marketa Irglova adds harmonies to the transcendent opener, "You Will Become." With producer Thomas Bartlett (Antony and the Johnsons, The National) ensuring an organic balance of piano, acoustic guitars, and solid, permeating bass guitar, the album captures the feel of a small band playing in their corner of the room. "Maybe Not Tonight" is a luminous ballad. "Talking With the Wolves" steps up the rhythm section, while nothing rushes Hansard himself. It's a tour de force. The Deluxe Edition adds three bonus tracks.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Glen Hansard spent a good part of his career playing to capacity crowds in Ireland as the leader of the Frames. In the U.S., he is best known as one-half of the duo, The Swell Season, whose musical contributions to Once garnered them an Oscar. What seems to the public to be an overnight success has been in the works for decades. His solo debut captures Hansard's softer side, away from the dissonant feedback of his band and into the mystic that recalls Van Morrison at his most pastoral. Swell Season's Marketa Irglova adds harmonies to the transcendent opener, "You Will Become." With producer Thomas Bartlett (Antony and the Johnsons, The National) ensuring an organic balance of piano, acoustic guitars, and solid, permeating bass guitar, the album captures the feel of a small band playing in their corner of the room. "Maybe Not Tonight" is a luminous ballad. "Talking With the Wolves" steps up the rhythm section, while nothing rushes Hansard himself. It's a tour de force. The Deluxe Edition adds three bonus tracks.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
294 Ratings

294 Ratings

Glassmangersh ,

Love it.

Like my favorite blanket, Glen's voice has the ability to comfort and sooth like no other.

PattyTrish26 ,

Rhythm and Repose

This body of work is brilliant! Glen's music, voice, and that beautiful old guitar have inspired me and many in my family. Glen's musical journey is a privilege to be a part of. He is generous with his time and talent. He is the real deal. If you can see him live, be it solo, Swell Season or the Frames; do it! He is nothing short of amazin' :)

the gordi ,

good music!!

very talented individual... very chill and reflecting music.

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