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The Frames
The Cost
Anti- Records
www.theframes.ie


If The Frames' last record Burn The Maps was a bit of a slow burner then their latest release The Cost is a bit of a turnaround. Where it took a few listens and a bit of space to really start to absorb the songs on Burn The Maps, this new set of songs is easily understood, more direct, and punching - in true Glen Hansard form - straight to the heart. This set of tracks is a bit slower and more melancholy than much of The Frames' previous work but with a more substantial sense of orchestration. "Falling Slowly" fills the lead single spot and rightly so… the track is deliberate and steeped in a rich beauty consisting of lush string accompaniment and one of Hansard's finest vocal performances to date. "People Get Ready" is another fine example of the kind of dynamism that has made The Frames one of the greatest modern rock bands. The song builds from a quiet payer-like whispering to a tremendous depth of sound, drums and guitar pounding along with Hansard's vocal message, "We have all the time in the world to get it right, to get it right/and we have all the love in the world to set alight, to set alight". "When Your Mind's Made Up" is the quintessential Frames' rocker; driving drumming that accompanies a beautiful arpeggiated guitar line that slowly builds to the staggering weight of the climax of the song with Hansard chanting his message of love and betrayal and delicate hope.

On The Cost, Glen Hansard is accompanied once more by his regular cast of bandmates: Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Joseph Doyle, Rob Bochnik, and Johnny Boyle. The record is filled with the exact caliber of music that the world has come to expect of Glen Hansard and The Frames… songs that are at once highly personal and introspective while being a bit melancholy and somehow holding onto a sense of incredible positivism. Hansard understands the world better than most folks, I believe… he knows that amidst all the struggle and bad things are rays of light and beauty that make life the enduringly fantastic journey that it can be if one is aware of the opportunities. The perfect soundtrack for that journey of discovery and magic is now, and will always be, the music of The Frames.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Song For Someone
2. Falling Slowly
3. People Get Ready
4. Rise
5. When Your Mind's Made Up
6. Sad Songs
7. The Cost
8. True
9. The Side You Never Get To See
10. Bad Bone


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