Glen Hansard
Rhythm & Repose


4.5
superb

Review

by Sanders USER (3 Reviews)
June 13th, 2012 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is one record I want no repose from.

For a man who started his musical career busking on the streets of Dublin at the age of 13 after dropping out of school, Glen Hansard hasn’t done too badly for himself. With enviable accomplishments including touring with Bob Dylan with his band The Frames, and winning an Academy Award for best original song with “Falling Slowly” (written for the film Once), one would expect the man who earned these accolades to be some sort of musical megalomaniac. Yet with all his success, Hansard appears to remain (from various interviews and articles at least) a modest, friendly, and above all genuine kind of guy.

It is this genuineness that permeates through his first solo record Rhythm & Repose. Opening with the mellow “You Will Become”, with gentle acoustic guitars and subtle piano arpeggios providing a backdrop to Hansard’s lyrical repetition of the track title, it is clear that this is generally a more introvert affair than his previous work. Hansard pours bucket-loads of emotion into his lyrics, giving them a dimension that is rarely found in these days of one-hit wonder pop-folk artists, and he rarely feels the need to belt his lyrics out in order to add power to their meanings. “What Are We Gonna Do” and “Philander” are prime examples of his ability to effortlessly infuse his songs with a wide array of pain, hurt and hope.

But ***, when he does decide to let loose, it’s like a gut-punch to the soul. The climaxes of “High Hope” and “Bird of Sorrow”, where Hansard showcases his aneurysm-spawning cries, are two of the most powerful moments on the record. The slow build ups in these songs, reminiscent of his work on the Once soundtrack, are rendered more impressive by their sparse use and rugged delivery.

With Rhythm & Repose, Hansard has perfected his song writing technique, creating a collection of heartfelt and intimate songs that are both honest and relatable. Having stated in interviews that he only writes songs relating to events that have occurred in his life, it is easy to see how he might become lost in an egocentric mess of self-indulgent lyrics. It is a credit to Hansard’s personality then that this never appears to be the case, and throughout the entire record it feels as though he’s telling stories or offering advice but never preaching, all the while somehow managing to make us believe we’ve somehow lived or are living the events he’s describing.

Hansard’s fame and success continues to swell with the passing seasons, and producing this superb record will only add to his repertoire of achievements. Let’s just hope that releasing Rhythm & Repose as the stage version of Once is currently picking up 8 Tony Awards won’t necessarily mean that Glen Hansard will require a bit of (albeit well-deserved) repose himself.


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Sanders
June 13th 2012


2361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stream available here: http://www.npr.org/2012/06/10/154157528/first-listen-glen-hansard-rhythm-and-repose#playlist

Treat this as a first review guys, as it's been so long since my first review that my reviewing hymen has regrown.

People need to check this out, it's awesome.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 13th 2012


6339 Comments


The double album pages for this should be merged.

Digging: Madred - Supersonic Brainfuck Overdrive

Sanders
June 13th 2012


2361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sorted

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 13th 2012


6339 Comments


That Once film was awesome, love his work there.

ThroneOfAgony
June 13th 2012


3485 Comments


The dude on the album cover looks like Ryan Dunn

RIP too

Sanders
June 13th 2012


2361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Voivod, if you enjoyed his songs in that film, you're likely to enjoy this record.

Throne, I'm never going to unsee that now

Ovrot
June 13th 2012


10554 Comments


thought it was ryan dunn

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 13th 2012


17231 Comments


he's doing a free in store at a record shop near me on monday. gonna go.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
June 14th 2012


1477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album's pretty tight. Looking like it'll be a solid 4 for me.

Sanders
June 14th 2012


2361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Preeeetty fucking jealous Adam

Sanders
June 14th 2012


2361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needs more love

nnnope
June 20th 2012


418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty amazing, actually. Thinking I'll probably bump up my rating after another few listens.

I haven't been this excited about a more traditional rock/folk/whatever album in a long time

Steoandnoodles
June 20th 2012


2832 Comments


This one's a little too safe. I mean, there's nothing wrong with it but there's just nothing I got overly excited about.

I much preferred Strict Joy.

JumpTheF**kUp
July 4th 2012


2716 Comments


I think Bird of Sorrow is my favourite track this year. Incredible song.

ABjordanMM
July 6th 2012


1453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. pos.
Gonna have to check this out.

ABjordanMM
July 8th 2012


1453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album hits hard.

Sanders
July 9th 2012


2361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers AB. I'm still spinning this and loving it. Hopefully my entry on the Q2 list will create a bit more awareness about this guy

ABjordanMM
July 15th 2012


1453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For sure. I'm liking this more than most stuff by the swelling season.

Steoandnoodles
August 7th 2012


2832 Comments


This is a really mature album. You can't grow out of music like this. =)

chambered49
August 7th 2012


1727 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this guy is suuuuuuuuuch a faggot



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