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Glen Hansard spent more than 15 years performing his spirit-tugging soul-infused alternative rock with the Frames. Popular in Ireland, the Frames never made the Atlantic crossing. It wasn’t until Hansard’s appearance with Czech songwriter Marketa Irglova in the 2007 film Once that his music reached a worldwide mass audience. The couple, linked romantically, split up at the beginning of 2009, but remained together as a musical unit for Strict Joy. Hansard has always channeled Van Morrison in his raspy soulful strut and “Low Rising” and “Feeling the Pull” are the stronger for it. “In These Arms” recalls the alluring whisper of the Frames’ finest quiet works with the added benefit of the couple’s sweet harmonies. Hansard handles the acoustic lilt of “Paper Cut” himself.  Irglova comes to the front for the piano and string beauty of “Fantasy Man” and the Celtic-folk inspired “I Have Loved You Wrong.” There is no palpable tension between the couple, but sorrow touches many of the songs and the intimacy is undeniable.

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The deluxe edition for sure

Please get the deluxe edition of this album. It contains a wonderful concert performance by The Swell Season that features most of the songs from "Once" and quite a few greatest hits from The Frames. More than that, it has some incredible stories told by Glen Hansard inbetween some of the songs. The stories by themselves are worth the price of the album. Beautiful music by wonderful artists--and a wonderful follow-up for everyone who saw and loved "Once."

Strictly Amazing!

The Swell Season has delivered Big Time with Strict Joy! Glen Hansard continues to deliver with raw, powerful song writing that crawls its way into the very sole of listeners. The bonus tracks are an AMAZING touch as well and are a MUST HAVE for anybody who has had the extreme pleasure of seeing these wonderful musicians perform live.


They did it again! Another great album!


Formed: 2006

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed by the Frames' frontman Glen Hansard and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová, the Swell Season (named after a novel by humanist Czech writer Josef Skvorecky) is a songwriting duo with a penchant for vocal harmonies and acoustic-based songcraft. The pop/rock twosome released a self-titled debut in 2006, several months before the appearance of the Frames' sixth effort, The Cost. Hansard and Irglová also appeared as working-class immigrants in the popular Irish movie Once, which was presented at...
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