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The Cost [Import]

Frames Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Plateau
  • ASIN: B000J3F7P6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cost of being unknown outside Ireland 16 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
Another bloody good Frames album, in the vein of Burn The Maps.

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I guess I am a rare breed, a Frames fan who does not come from Ireland. Admittedly I have "Irish Connections", and that is how i first got to hear The Frames. I have always been tormented by the fact that The Frames are so unknown in the UK - surely they deserved more than that!

I went through a long period of obsessive fan-dom leading up to the release of Burn The Maps. I was certain BTM would finally give the band the recognition they finally deserved in the UK. Predictably this didnt happen. I eventually ended up drifting away from The Frames, my albums overplayed, too many gigs attended, my friends bored sick of me trying to convert them.

Then comes The Cost. And with it a revelation. The band obviously make their albums very much for themselves. No stadium rock anthems on this album, no instant radio hits. And you know what? Good on them. This is an intensley personal album, Glen Hansard sounds like he's been having a tough time since BTM in his personal life. This comes across very clearly in The Cost. Thats not to say the album is depressing, yet again its full of beautiful songs, with a realistic yet uplifting vibe to it.

Now im back listening to the Frames, but now im doing it for myself and enjoying their music once again. If youre a fan you will LOVE this album, like all the others.

And for those who have never heard of The Frames, its your loss - honestly, it really is. But i will not be prosletysing to all and sundry any more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The Frames are one of those veteran bands who are kings in their own realm but almost unknown beyond its borders. Regularly reaching the top of the album charts in Ireland, the Dublin-based outfit has nevertheless failed to make an international impact.

Perhaps it's the lack of a unique selling point. Cynics might say this is just another generic celtic folk-rock album, where almost every song slow builds to a big anthemic chorus and bungs in a violin solo half-way through. Others might say it wears its influences on its sleeve. "True" is a virtual clone of Radiohead's "Climbing Up The Walls" before it morphs into a weird duet with Hansard's tormented vocals soaring over Czech singer Markéta Irglová's semi-conversational counterpoint. "Falling Slowly" and "Song For Someone" both invite comparisons with Coldplay, though both outclass that undeservedly massive band within half a verse. "People Get Ready", meanwhile, references the hummingbird-at-a-flower guitar work of U2's Edge.

Thing is, envelope-pushing originality only takes you so far, and none of it matters a damn when the songs are this good and performed with this kind of sincerity and fervour. Hansard has obviously been having a rough time in the romantic stakes and the lyrics pull no punches, tearing away at guilt and regret and self-disgust with a desperation which chills "I find it so hard to be true / And all these lies I'm telling you / Are little anchors in my chest / That pull us down into this mess."

Meanwhile the gossamer "Rise" builds into a thing of vicious passion, raising the ghost of Jeff Buckley's "Grace" (in fact, an as-yet-unknown Buckley once roadied for the band and singer Glenn Hansard wrote 1999's "Neath The Beeches" in his memory).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album : 30 seconds off a perfect one 27 May 2007
By Derek h
Format:Audio CD
At it's best on tracks on stripped down tracks like Bad Bone, and the Cost with their breathy vocals. At it's worst on the intro of People Get Ready: an uncharacteristic 30s of Coldplay pastiche which ruins an elsewise solid track. Every one is allowed one small mistake: copy every thing but that one track to your MP3 and your think it a great album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality find 5 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A master peace. A quality album. Only found this band through listening to glen Hansard rhym and repose.
Ireland's best kept secret !
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