- Audio CD (5 July 2010)
- Limited Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
- Label: Union Square Music Limited
- ASIN: B003IODNJU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,406 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Another Love Song (Remastered & Extra Tracks) Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
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Their joyous, energetic debut (which has been described as Nick Drake meets The Pixies ) firmly illustrated The Frames undeniable talent, particularly on singles The Dancer and Masquerade. Elsewhere, on songs like Downhill From Here and Picture Of Love, they flexed the more gentle atmospherics that would characterise much their later work. This edition features no less than eight bonus tracks. 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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This was one of the first CDs I bought as the owner of a new CD player. I have no idea why I bought it, it must have been a recommendation from someone or I heard a track on the radio. Previously a Beatles/Genesis/Pink Floyd listener so this wasn't in the mould at all.
Probably one of the best CDs I own. I played it to death to anyone who would listen and it would be fair to say most of them were incredibly impressed. The two stand out tracks for me are Before you go and Telegraph Poles which have outstanding lyrics but hi fi defining instruments. It's the first Frames album and shows Glen Hansard as part of a band rather than the soloist he is today.
The remastered version contains some interesting alternative version and live recordings of tracks on the original CD and an interesting Marc Bolan cover. I purchased the remastered version as my original CD was in poor condition and the case was broken for carting it around in and out of the car so much.
If you're new to the Frames this is the place to start, then follow up with Set List, the live album to hear what a powerhouse band they are in person. I have managed to see them once in London - go if you ever get the chance (unlikely now that he has his music Oscar but hey.....)
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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!
There are a couple of quieter songs... "Downhill from Here" is quite beautiful, and "The Waltz" is, in fact, a waltz, even if there is some screaming and some tricky vocal time signatures in it. "Telegraph Poles" has a cool bass groove easing it along its mellow way.
But mostly, you're going to be banging your head with this one.
The lead track, Dancer, is a folk-rocker that is soaked in a huge wall of sound. Hansard's screaming vocals broaden this simple ballad and revs the listener up for a great CD.
`Tis a shame that the rest of the album is a bit scattered. Most of the remaining rockers follow the same formula, but fall short. The quiet songs are a highlight, especially "Telegraph Poles", which is the last slow dance before the fist-pumping folk songs that serve as a closer. Sorely, Glen Hansard needs his vocal space. The arrangements on this album are bit busy for the songs. Since breaking away from Island, The Frames have put out better music.
It's enjoyable, considering the rest of the Frames' discography is comparatively lo-fi. But there's a noticeable gap between here and Dance The Devil, and even more to Fitzcarraldo. Probably best to borrow and burn.
yes, it's big, obvious rock, the hooks are big and blatant, but the improvement was always to come. masquerade is probably the highlight here, while dancer, martha and title track also impress.