The Frames second and final LP for ZTT, Dance the Devil... was released in 1999 as were its singles Pavement Tune and Rent Day Blues and became an immediate critical smash; hailed as an enthralling, chilled-out listen by Music Week and praised for its shimmering greatness by the Irish Times. The Frames were founded in 1990 by Academy Award-winning songwriter Glen Hansard. In 2006, after six Frames albums, he formed The Swell Season with Czech singer Markéta Irglová. The pair then acted in the Irish film Once and wrote and recorded its lead song, Falling Slowly, which won a 2008 'Oscar' for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. In recent months, Hansard has released a second Swell Season album, Strict Joy, returned to his busking roots, alongside Bono and Damien Rice, playing Dublin's Grafton Street in aid of the Simon Community, and auctioned a house concert on eBay in aid of the Haiti earthquake appeal.
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