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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.

Customer Reviews

Heartfelt

Just a beautiful honest album. Just when it seems it's all about making your 30 second impression on iTunes. Then there is Glen, heartfelt, passionate and honest. Thank you for making real music and a classic album, we need more like this.

I love Glen.

Got hooked on his music after once, saw him live with the swell season a couple of years ago. This album is another piece of brilliance from his mind. Good work Glen.
Come back to Sydney, we love you here.

Brilliant

I first came across Glen when I saw him open for Eddie Vedder. Great performer. Fantastic live. This album is very easy to listen to.

Biography

Born: 21 April 1970 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With a host of real-life songs and lilting vocals that reflect a passion for his influences (particularly Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan), Glen Hansard is best known for his work with the Frames and the Swell Season. Born to a working-class Dublin family during the spring of 1970, he left school at age 13 in search of making music his career. He began busking in the streets of Dublin, laying the groundwork for his engaging stage persona and, ironically, mimicking the plot line of Once,...
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