If this is the first exposure you're getting to The Frames, then enjoy then never-ending wave of constantly improving albums. If you already know their music, then enjoy this hard-to-find record that started it all. Here's my track-by-track summary:
1. The Dancer (9/10): An upbeat, get-outta-your-chair-and-dance type of song that seems to always brighten your mood.
2. You Were Wrong (6/10): The first anger you'll hear in Hansard's voice, a very catchy rock-out song with a guitar hook in the verse that will have you humming long after the song is over.
3. Right Road (Wrong Road)(7/10): A classic Frames-style song that starts soft and explodes into a grand rock song with more great guitar riffs.
4. Before You Go (9/10): In my opinion, the best song on the album. Hansard sings soft in the verse until the song builds into an intense chorus, "I can't stop loving you".
5. The Waltz (6/10): One of the more forgettable tunes on the album, yet still a catchy waltz and a song you probably won't skip.
6. Downhill From Here (8/10): The first soft song on the album that doesn't need to explode into a rock song. Great guitar finger-picking and soft vocals (with great harmonies) make this song one of the best early Frames tunes.
7. Masquerade (7/10): Another get-up-and-dance tune, a rocking bass line and screamin' guitar and vocals.
8. Picture of Love (8/10): A surprise on the album and a great overall song, another that bounces back and forth between soft and heavy rock.
9. Martha (7/10): One of the catchier songs on the album, simple yet fun to tap a foot to.
10. Another Love Song (8/10): The heaviest on the album, almost a punk-rock song, and it shows Hansard's vocals with a bit of attitude.
11. Telegraph Poles (9/10): A soft, acoustic number with soothing violin that winds you down toward the end of the album.
12. Live Forever (7/10): The final rock-out song to close the album. Short but to the point.
Overall, this is no masterpiece and by far not the best work from this amazing band. But all of the songs are catchy, and you can find yourself listening to this album again and again. A great addition to the library of any Frames fan!